Clowne Infant & Nursery School

‘We take our children on a journey of discovery, giving them aspirations and engaging them in lifelong learning’


Art and Design

Art and Design

'Every child is an artist....' 

                             Pablo Picasso

Intent: What are we trying to achieve?

Art and design provides pupils with the opportunity to develop independence, to express their creativity, thoughts, feelings and ideas and to work collaboratively. Language and vocabulary development are valued within. We believe that art and design should be language rich, it should provoke discussion and children should be exposed to new and accurate vocabulary. High quality art and design will make use of high quality resources to engage, inspire and challenge all pupils – including those with special educational needs. It will equip them with the confidence, knowledge and skills required to experiment, problem solve, reason and progress their technical ability. Children will know that art is a creative process which is unique to each individual. They will show respect and value to the ideas, opinion and artwork of both themselves and others,


Implementation: How will we achieve this?

We have high aspirations for all children, including those with SEND and make use of adult support or specific equipment as needed to ensure all children achieve.

The teaching of art and design at Clowne Infant and Nursery School is based upon the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, Development Matters 2020 and the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1. To ensure a clear structure for the teaching of art and design across school, we use a scheme of work produced by Kapow - ‘Design Technology and Art and Design – (revised) -combined.’ The scheme sets out a curriculum map, where by art and design and design technology are alternated each term, whilst still ensuring children are provided with everything they need, in a progressive structure, to meet the end of key stage expectations. The Kapow scheme of work is based upon the following strands; generating ideas, using sketchbooks, making skills including formal elements (line, shape, form, texture, pattern and colour), knowledge of artists and evaluating and analysing. Units of lessons are sequential and allow children to build their skills and knowledge and apply them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements of art are woven throughout the units and key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity to create a spiral curriculum. Creativity and independent outcomes are embedded within each unit so that pupils are encouraged to make their own creative choices. Children explore the work of famous artists, learning about their place in history and share their own thoughts and feelings on their work. In addition to adult led teaching activities, children in the EYFS have access to art and design as part of their continuous or enhanced provision. In this provision teachers and TA’s work with pupils on child initiated activities; modelling vocabulary, encouraging use of knowledge and further developing technical skills. In KS1 pupils take part in ‘walking galleries’ within their classrooms – encouraging children to discuss and evaluate work, gain pride and truly believe they are artists. 

Pupils take part in forest school sessions during which they create art and craft work inspired by nature or made with natural resources.

Teachers and teaching assistants continually monitor the progress of pupils. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives and each unit of work has a unit quiz and knowledge catcher which is used with pupils both at the beginning and end of the unit.

Impact: What difference will this make?

Through delivering our art and design curriculum: 


  • Children are able to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Children value the work of themselves and others and understand that artwork is individual.
  • Children have knowledge of famous artists and can talk about their work, taking inspiration from it to develop their own ideas. 
  • Children have the confidence and technical skill base to apply the knowledge they hold.
  • Children have a sense of pride when sharing their work to a wider audience e.g. parents, the community.
  • Children meet the end of key stage expectations for art and design.

Take a look what's happening in Art and Design in our school...

Reception children have thoroughly enjoyed their art based unit ‘paint my world’. They have explored painting with natural resources, printing with fingers, collaborative painting entitled ‘fireworks’, painting to music and finally explored the work of Megan Coyle before ‘painting with paper’ to create their own collage piece. They have tried hard to use the words figurative and abstract to describe their art work and have been encouraged to talk about their work to their peers. Year one pupils have explored ‘paper play’, focusing upon sculpture. After discussing the sculptures of Samantha Stephenson the children used wide strips of card to roll into different sized cylinders to create a sculpture picture of tubes and towers. They then used thinner strips to explore creating zig-zags, loops, spirals, curves, and other forms. Pupils enjoyed looking at the Tree of Life sculpture by Marco Balich. They took inspiration from the artworks to design and draw their own 2D tree of life in sketchbooks, before turning the drawings into their very own 3D tree of life sculptures! This week we have been creating 3D paper sculptures. Finally, classes held their own exhibitions where pupils walked around each others sculptures and appreciated each other’s creations. Look at our amazing art work below. 

Term three saw our Year Two pupils embark on their second art based topic entitled 'Life in Colour' which focused upon painting and mixed media. The children consolidated their knowledge of colour mixing by using paint, pipettes, artist pallets, brushes and water and explored creating texture in paint using different materials. For their final project children created their own collage in the style of Romare Bearden by cutting and tearing paper, magazines, coloured and painted paper. Take a look at some of their work below...

Throughout term two, children in the EYFS continued to explore topic based art and design within the continuous provision. In KS1, Year two children completed their first design and technology unit, whilst Year one children focused upon art and design. They developed observational drawing skills when exploring mark-making, used a range of tools and investigated how texture can be created in drawings. They applied their skills to a collaborative piece using music as a stimulus. Take a look at some of their work below.

Throughout the first term this year, Nursery, Reception and Year 2 have all focused upon art and design, whilst Year 1 have worked through their first design technology project. In nursery the children have been exploring making marks using different media as part of their continuous provision. In Reception, the children have had opportunity to develop their own artistic ideas using the self selection creative area, whilst also exploring mark making using a variety of media in different ways. They have used the language of texture, when using wax
crayons to make rubbings, used felt tips to explore colour and pencils to create observational drawings of their faces. The children in Year 2 have completed a unit entitled ‘map it out’ - in which they have responded to a design brief, children create a piece of art that represents their local area using a map as their stimulus. They learn three techniques for working creatively with materials and at the end of the project, evaluate their design ideas, choosing the best to meet the a design brief, creating a piece of art that represents their local area using a map as their stimulus. They have learnt  techniques for working
creatively with materials including printing and felt making and at the end of the project have evaluated their design ideas, choosing the best to meet the brief. Look at some of our work in art and design this term.

Art and Design 2022-2023