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Criftins Church of England Primary School

Art Curriculum Plan

EYFS - The starting point for Art & Design:

Pupils should be continually be given opportunity to explore, revisit ideas, work collaboratively, develop fine motor control and use tools including scissors.  Creativity needs to be fostered in these early stages of development.   A positive mindset to individual expression should be at the forefront.  “Who am I?” can be explored through creative opportunity.  

Explore different materials freely, in order to develop their ideas about how to use them and what to make. 

Develop their own ideas and then decide which materials to use to express them. 

Join different materials and explore different textures. 

Create closed shapes with continuous lines and begin to use these shapes to represent objects. 

Draw with increasing complexity and detail, such as representing a face with a circle and including details. 

Use drawing to represent ideas like movement or loud noises. 

Show different emotions in their drawings and paintings, like happiness, sadness, fear, etc. 

Explore colour and colour mixing. 



Autumn Term 

Dry Materials

Spring Term

Wet Materials

Summer Term

3D Materials



Modern Artist - Henri Rosseau (story telling through art) 

Mark Making – experimenting with different pencils. 

Modern Artist – L.S Lowry (History Link) 

Explore colour mixing and using different tools. 

Modern Artist - Giuseppe Arcimboldo   

Create sculptures using fruit and pictures of fruit using textiles (collage style) 



Tate online gallery - 

Weather and Art 

Exploring a theme in art 

Traditionalist – Carving of London on fire has been recreated over time – pencil sketches and paintings can be found.

Exploring Diversity – You matter collage (linked to RSHE for term) Book focus – You Matter 

Contemporary illustrator & Author – Christian Robinson 

Create a 3D collage of ‘ME’ freestanding. 



Traditional Egyptian Art – exploring historical culture through art. (History link) 

Contemporary Artist – Matt Sewell 

Observation Drawing - Birds 

Explore the work of Matt Sewell – UK artist, children’s illustrator, and ornithologist. 


(water colour) 

Contemporary Artist Andy Goldsworthy – natural sculptures (Science link) 




Contemporary Artist – Chris Ofili 

Best known for his paintings incorporating elephant dung.  

Explore how contemporary artists use natural materials within their artwork, like individuals did during the stone age.  

(Outdoor Learning/history link) 

Traditional Roman Art – exploring art and representations of Roman life in art.  

Create a whole class Fresco which represents life in modern Britain.  

Contemporary Artist Darrell Wakelam 

Paper sculptures  



Contemporary African Artist – Joseph Thiongo (Geography Link) 

Captures the natural beauty of the Kenyan Landscape.  

Traditional Artist – JMW Turner 

Explore traditional paintings of local castles.  

(Geography Link) 

Water colours 

Eco project – upcycling (RSHE link) 

Contemporary Artist – Jane Perkins 

Compare to other upcycling projects online. 

Why is upcycling a growing trend? 

Ben Mayho  (local artist) – Willow Workshop 



Modern Artist - Katsushika Hokusai 

My extreme world (Geography Link). 

Gareth Wood known as Fuller ( – detail technical drawing.  

Explore maps created ‘in the style of other artists.’ 

A lifetime of creativity – Gaudi inspired 3D project – self-expression.  


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]  This can also be extended by access to arts award and the extra curricular offer

  • about great artists, architects, and designers in history (this strand can also be found through the whole curriculum).