Art and Design

The purpose of art, craft and design is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As taken from the national curriculum, pupils “should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.”

In line with the national curriculum for Art and Design at Queen Edith we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  1. produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  2. become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  3. evaluate and analyse creative work using the language of art, craft and design
  4. know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

The yearly overview for Art and Design throughout Queen Edith:





Year 1

Observational drawings of natural objects, using pastels.
Fireworks using chalk

Collage inspired by Rousseau    Mini medieval tapestries

Monet inspired garden pictures
Press printing: Sea creatures

Year 2

Clay: High street model Collage: Princess and the Pea

Marbling: Fire and Ice   Watercolour: Self-Portraits

 Observational drawing Artists and their art from around the world (Africa, Australia, South America)

Year 3

Clay: Making Greek pots Pointillism

Paisley Collage

Cave Art
Observational drawing of flowers

Year 4

Andy Goldsworthy
Modelling Emotions and Relationships

Mosaic: Roman Art

Islamic Patterns
Perspective Drawing

Year 5

Egyptian Death Masks
Clay Mummies

African Animal Masks

Mixed media: Abstract art inspired by Peter Thorpe’s Space Art

Year 6

Watercolour, charcoal, ink:
Blitz Art

Sculpture: Escher Models

Colour, collage, mixed media: “About me” 


Art and Design in 2016-2017 

This year our focus is to develop further drawing and sketching skills.

At the beginning of October 2016 the Art subject leaders from Queen Emma and Queen Edith held a meeting where staff from both schools had a hands-on session. This was to help develop their own drawing and sketching skills as well as to share ideas about their work with the children in Art.

At the beginning of February 2017 we had a look into the sketchbooks of children from years 4, 5 and 6 and found good examples of work to showcase the key elements in Art i.e. Shape, Form, Pattern, Texture, Line, Tone , Colour  and  Space, and that these are well imbedded into their work.

Year 4
Choosing the object

Year 4
Choosing the right pencil

 Year 4
Using line, texture and tone


Year 4
Using line for shape and planning colour

Year 4
Learning about proportion
Year 5
Sketching for a portrait using tone
Year 5
Sketching for a portrait using lines
Year 5
Year 6
Practice to create form and space
Year 6
Practice to create tone
Year 6
Practice to use line and tone
Year 6
Practice to use line and tone
Year 6
Observational Drawing

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