Arts, Craft and Design

"Every child is an artist"
Pablo Picasso

At Queen Emma, 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. As taken form 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.” Throughout the key stages at Queen Emma, we do just that.

The yearly overview for A&D in stages throughout Queen Emma is expressed below.

  Autumn  Spring Summer 
Year 1

Kandinsky inspired seasonal paintings
Design a landscape

Collage inspired by Rouseau
Clay castles

Shells and shading
Food work inspired by Giseppe Arcimboldo

Year 2 Self portraits
Food watercolour

Observational drawing  of plants
Great Fire of London

Working with different media in nature
Year 3

Cave art - Teyjah McAren
Paisley patterns

Pointillism inspired by Seurat Observational drawings inspired by
Georgia O’Keefe
Year 4

Natural Sculpture:
Andy Goldsworthy

Islamic Patterns

Perspective Drawing
Modelling Relationships:
Keith Haring

Year 5

Sun/Moon Art
Artist – Peter Thorpe (Abstract Art)

African Animal Masks

Clay Mummies
Death Masks


'Blitz Art' Watercolour, charcoal and ink

'Escher Models' Sculpture

‘About Me’ Colour, collage, mixed media
'Sewing' Wall hanging depicting volcanoes 

In Art and Design we use drawing, painting and sculpture in a variety of materials to develop and share ideas.

Nursery collages were created with many different materials

KS1 Yr 2

Watercolour pictures Pastels give vibrant colours


Y6 Sculpture Designs  Y3 Charcoal used to sketch cave art  

KS2 Yr 4

Perspective in pencil

KS2 Yr 5
Collages of vivid colours.

We develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, line, shape, form and space. Below are some examples.

KS1 Yr 2

Inspiration from nature  

KS2 Yr 3

In Autumn 2017, KS2 were fortunatate enough to have a visiting artist, Lyndall Phelps join us for a workshop and then inspire us to create our own works of art. Here are some samples of our creations.  



Making prints of paisley    

KS2 Yr 4


Across the curriculum pupils are taught to develop artistic techniques, including their control and use of different A&D tools. We begin to form an understanding of patterns and textures through this process.

KS1 Yr 1

Pattern sponge painting Sponge painting We used forks and toothbrushes to create texture

KS2 Yr 3

Cave painting was done with sticks or fingers  
We made our own paisley print before using it  

KS2 Yr 4

The artists tools were the natural environment!

We aim to ensure that all pupils produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences with creative experimentation.

KS1 Yr 2

Paint mixing to create hues for the Great Fire of London

KS2 Yr 3 

Natural dyes were made from different, naturally occurring items  

We experimented with our cave art technique using only sticks

An increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design emerges throughout the artistic process.  This development of skill can be seen throughout the school.

Sketch Colour Painting
Sculpture Printing Pattern

We encourage the use of sketch books to record artistic ideas, and which allow students to review and revisit previous ideas. Here are some examples pages.

KS1 Yr 2

We recorded our ideas about the Great Fire of London  Plant sketches

KS2 Yr 3

Sketching paisley  Cave art recording in our sketch books

KS2 Yr 4

Natural sculptures using environmental elements  Perspective recorded in the books

Introducing students to great artists, craft makers and designers, allow students to understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. We have discussed artists from Goldsworthy to Rousseau. Here are our own works of art based on some of the artists' works.

KS1 Yr 1

Our rainforect collage inspired by Henri Rousseau


KS2 Yr 4

Andy Goldsworthy was the inspiration behind our sculptures


Encourage your childs' love of art by visiting museums, and exploring independent galleries. Celebrate creativity through displaying art in the home. Most importantly, allow your child to develop their own sense of art and their own style to complement their ideas; there is an artist in each of us, we just have to allow our children to identify it!


"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow." 
Kurt Vonnegut

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