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Art Curriculum

Art & Design Curriculum


What is art?


'Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.'

Pablo Picasso.




At Rimrose Hope Primary school we are passionate about ensuring that all of our children have the opportunity to express, develop and hone their artistic skills and creativity. It is our belief that ‘every child is an artist’ and we pride ourselves on providing the children with an enriched and varied art curriculum that enables the children to explore and experience the wonder of art.


Our curriculum is devised to ensure our artists work with a variety of media, study a range of art movements and significant artists and cultures. Our lessons are carefully planned to ensure they link to other topic work to add greater purpose. Children are given time to practise and then apply their skills across their topics. Creativity, endurance and resilience are key values running through our Art & Design curriculum, and the children are encouraged to never give up, to be brave and original.





We encourage creative work throughout the Foundation Stage, as part of the EYFS curriculum.  We plan opportunities for creative experiences using objectives set out in Development Matters.
The children’s learning includes art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play. This range of experiences enables our children to make connections between one area of learning and another, and so extends their understanding of the world around them.


At Key Stage 1, our children are introduced to a range of materials and techniques in drawing, painting and sculpture. They are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in their work and to begin to be reflective artists. The children take influence from famous artists and are invited to discuss similarities and differences in their works.

At Key Stage 2, our children learn to master the skills and techniques acquired in KS1 and learn to become more critical of their own work, discussing how they could improve and refine their work. They will gain the confidence to select and discuss their choice of media. 


Our Art & Design Lessons and Pedagogy


 ‘Inductive’ teaching methods are utilised in our lessons to help captivate the children and encourage them to critically think about the work of artists. They are invited to categorise works of art, artists and other creative outcomes. Children are asked to curate their own class' work, thinking carefully about their choices. 


During lessons, we model and encourage children to use art specific language to critique the work of artists, themselves and their peers. We refer to this as 'Crit Time.' Children are encourage to form an opinion using their 'Crit Time' language to give some artistic reasoning to back up their thinking.



Celebrating Success and Creativity

It is vital for us that the children's work is displayed and celebrated. We have created a 'Rimrose Hope Gallery' that enables us to  showcase the children's masterpieces across the year groups. The gallery is situated outside Mr. Crilly's office. Permanent collaborative displays can also be found dotted around the school which the children have worked on with local artists. 


Art Ambassadors


We have created an amazing artists club for our art ambassadors. These children have been chosen by their class teacher and have shown a real love of art. We meet every half term and are currently working on a Henri Rousseau project.




Crit Time Reflection


After creating our winter scenes in oil pastel we gathered together to dicuss our work using our 'Crit Time' word mat. We talked about the form, shapes, colours and textures that we had used. We also talked about what we appreciated in our peers' work.



Crit Time in KS1

Summer Art Challenge Winners

Our Summer challenge winners tweeted some beautiful summer art pieces from photographs of Summer sunsets, CAD art and land art from long summer beach walks.

Summer Challenge Award Winners

Georgia O'Keeffe Inspired Poppies


The children in KS1 produced some beautiful oil pastel responses to their topic about poppies. They took inspiration from O'Keeffe's stunning poppy portfolio. Each drawing is unique and the children have worked hard to build depth through layering and blending colours together. We put them all together to create our own bigger art installation.


Complete the Picture...

The children were challenged to complete the other side of the picture painted by Georgia O'Keeffe. They drew a pencil outline and then filled in with oil pastels ensuring to blend.

Art in KS1

Primary Colours

The children learnt about the three primary colours and were given the opportunity to mix the colours together to discover what new colours they could make.

KS1 Colour Mixing



The children were challenged to create a 'plastic picture' in order to raise awareness and get people talking about the plastic crisis. The children collaged, cut, designed and decorated their ocean inspired artwork. We then displayed it outside of school for our parents to see.

Whole School Portrait Challenge 

The children's portraits show the progression of drawing skills from the Early Years up to Upper Key Stage 2. 



Painting in the style of van Gogh


KS1 children were introduced to the artist van Gogh and asked to create a response to his paintings. The children thought carefully about their brushwork and the different marks they could make.

KS1 Painting

Jackson Pollock EYFS Art


Using the Concept Attainment pedagogy the children were introduced to the artist Jackson Pollock. They were given yes examples and no examples that were not created by Pollock. The children had to group the paintings and explain their reasons. The children were able to discuss Pollock's iconic splash technique. They then created their own work inspired by the artist.



ECO Art 


The children in EYFS learnt about the plastic crisis in the world today. They looked at the good and bad things about plastic and then decided to do something about positive with waste plastic. They created large scale collaborative art together. 


Depicting Future Careers


Children from key stage 1 and 2 had the opportunity to make ceramic plaques; created from their own designs showing  future job roles. Their work is part of a permanent display encouraging aspirations in our children.

Artist In Residence


Children in KS2 had the opportunity to work with an artist from Hope University on a Gustav Klimt inspired project, The children's work included drawing, painting and collage. Using the tree of life as a starting point the children produced detailed drawings using ink washes and a wax resit technique. They also created coloured textured papers with acrylic paint. 

Healthy Eating Design & Technology Week


During this week KS1 children were set the task of creating a healthy pasta salad by our school cook that could be served in our school canteen. The children tasted existing products on the market, used these to give them ideas in order to design their own salads and they then made their designs. They then evaluated their finished products and were given the opportunity to taste one anothers. Parents were then invited in to taste the favourite dish of the class!

KS1 Lowry-inspired Clay Sculptures


The children in Year 1 and 2 enjoyed experimenting with clay to try to create Lowry-esque figures. The rolled, bended and moulded the clay to create different shapes and forms.

Art & Design - Clay Sculptures

Art & Design - Creating 'Justice Walk' Installation

Art & Design - Year 3/4 Egyptian Project

Art & Design - KS2 Lunchtime Sketch Club

Art & Design - Our New Art Installation!