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Art and Design Curriculum

‘God created mankind in his own image; in the image of God he created them: male and female he created them.’

                                                                     Genesis 1:27


Our Art and Design Vision (Intent)


At St Joseph’s, we aim to ensure that art and design will be used to develop knowledge, skills and understanding to communicate pupils thoughts and ideas across the curriculum. All pupils will be taught art, craft and design to engage, inspire and challenge them. Their developing knowledge, skills and understanding will quip them to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils become artists and designers, they will be taught to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Through cross-curricular work pupils will learn that art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


At St Joseph’s, we aim:


1. To use the programmes of study of the National Curriculum for art to underpin teaching and learning:

2. To enable pupils to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

3. To help pupils become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

4. To teach pupils how to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

5. To ensure that pupils know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Our Art and Design Practice (Implementation)

1. Pupils will be taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

2. Children will learn how to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

3. Pupils will be taught how to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

4. Pupils will be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

5. Pupils will be enabled to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

6. All children will be encouraged and shown how to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

7. All will learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Our Art and Design Outcomes (Impact)


During their time at St Joseph’s, children will benefit from a rich broad and balanced programme of art and design. They will experience and experiment with a wide range of materials as they explore art and design to grow and flourish as artists and designers. They will build a growing awareness of the art and design which runs through their own history, culture and other cultures as they are introduced to the world of artists and works of art. They will learn about sculptors, designers and architects and they will be taken to galleries, exhibitions and places rich in architectural heritage to broaden their horizons and to appreciate great works of art.

Useful links for Art​:


 KS2 Art and Design - BBC Bitesize


Teachers and Parents National Gallery of Art


NGAkids Art Zone App - National Gallery of Art

St Joseph's Art Exhibition - Flowers

Examples of the Art and Design Curriculum

Year 2 Drawing

Father's Day portraits in the style of Modigliani using pastels, blending and proportion.

Year 4 Textiles

Weaving Dream Catchers using different threads fabrics and designs. 

Year 2 Textiles

Creating Puppets by joining two pieces of material using running stitch

Year 6 Painting

Inspired by WW2 Artists.

Creating perspective, movement and mood using different hues of colour. 

Year 1 Painting

Mixing primary colours and using continuous brush strokes in the style of Kandinsky. 

Year 2 Sculpture

Moulding, shaping and scoring clay to create people in the style of Hepworth and Moore. 

Year 1 Sculpture

Using different natural materials to create forms, inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.


Exploring colour and mixed media and drawing a person in detail. 

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