Art & Design

Our Vision

Miss Rutherford – Year 1b Teacher, Art Lead

Art is a way of expressing imagination and creativity and one of the oldest forms of communication. At Harlow Green Community Primary School, we aim to offer children a wide range of opportunities to develop their artistic abilities and develop creativity.  Through the curriculum, children will learn about different forms and styles of art and study artists from different time periods.  Learning will cover a broad range of skills, studying a wide range of techniques through printing, collage, 3D, textiles, drawing and painting.  As children develop as artists they will become proficient at applying these skills to express themselves imaginatively and produce their own pieces of art.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

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

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • 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.

Key Stage 2

Pupils should 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.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • 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]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

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