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Art and Design

“We are committed to a philosophy which
promotes excellence whilst enabling all
students to experience the joy of the Arts.”

Subject Leader = Mrs Alison Johnson

Y6 Ambassador = Isaac and Maisie

At Orston Primary School we believe that art stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. We believe that art gives our pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express themselves. It fires their imagination.

“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake


Art should enable the children to communicate what they see, feel and think. Children should experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Self-evaluation of work is encouraged and children are taught how to be resilient to achieve their goals.


We encourage the children to use drawing as a mechanism to learn about the world around them. We draw to learn. We use sketchbooks to record experience and imagination, to help the children develop their ideas and to show progression in their artistic ability. We encourage children to work on their own and collaborate with others on projects in two and three dimensions and on small and large scales.


At Orston Primary School, Art is not solely taught in a designated Art lesson, but wherever appropriate it is linked to topics and the wider curriculum and as it gives children the opportunities to bring topics to life. Children also explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. We invite specialist artists in to work with the children, to inspire them and challenge their thinking and creativity, developing their skills of observation and evaluation.


The Art Learning Journey.

We plan art projects in three stages.


Look and see- This begins with first hand observations where possible. Artefacts, nature, local buildings etc. We begin with discussions about what we can see, we encourage the looking and describing in order to develop the language for art. Sketchbooks are used to record observations and ideas.


Explore and Experiment- This is when children get to play with different materials, colours and scales. At this stage we link ideas to other artists’ work.


The Final Piece- This is the final outcome, it could be a painting or a print, a clay pot or a patchwork of ideas. Once they have produced their masterpiece they are encouraged to reflect on what they have produced. They make notes in their sketchbooks about what went well and why. What would they do differently next time? If it’s a large piece, we put a photo in a sketchbook with a reflection underneath.



Colour mixing in Year 1

Year 3 Observational drawing linked to Science Healthy Eating Project