Art at Eppleton

At Eppleton Academy Primary School our aim is for children to be given broad and varied experiences to explore colour, texture, form, pattern through the use of different materials, media and processes.  Through their experiences of art and exposure to a diverse variety of artists, we believe children’s creativity, imagination and inventiveness will be stimulated to provide and develop skills, conceptual knowledge and understanding necessary to express responses to ideas and experiences and provide opportunities for personal expression.  It is our belief that art fires imagination and encourages personal expression enabling our children to communicate what they see, feel and think. 

Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of art in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities. While art is essentially a practical subject, lessons provide opportunities for reflection and with increasing sensitivity, pupils acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses of their own work and that of others.  Our lessons are designed in a way that ensures skill progression and sequenced to enable previous learning to be built upon. 

In addition, we welcome opportunities for our children to work with real-life artists, on community projects broadening their experiences and opportunities beyond the classroom.  This has so far included work with a Kite artist, a local card making and craft group and glass artist. 

“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality. “ 

Quentin Blake 

Golden Threads in Art & Design: Generating Ideas, Using Sketch Books, Making Skills (Including Formal Elements), Knowledge of Artists, Evaluating & Analysing

What would a typical Art Lesson look like? 

At Eppleton art is designed to be sequential using a range of media such as books, stories, photographs and film clips as a stimulus, encouraging children to form and express opinions about what they have seen.  New techniques and resource experiences are effectively modelled, then opportunities are given for children to explore and experiment independently building up a skills base.  

In Early Years, art is very much experimental, with a range of different mediums being available for exploration of colour, mark making, collage, modelling and crafting.  Recording of the children’s creations is through photographic and observational evidence in a class floorbook. 

In Key Stages 1 & 2, floorbooks are used to document learning, including pupil voice and photographs of pupils putting skills into practice.  They also begin to use sketchbooks to document learning.  Sketchbooks are used as a working document where they work directly into their book, where they can experiment and develop techniques.  Where work can not be completed directly into sketch books, photographic evidence is used. 

Children are encouraged to critically evaluate their work, considering likes, dislikes, future improvements, preferences of materials, mediums and artists work. 

Where are resources and lessons planned from? 

Currently art is taught as a discrete subject, however links are made to other areas of the curriculum where possible and appropriate to do so. 

Art lessons are planned using the National Curriculum and the school’s progression document.  Eppleton Academy Primary also subscribe to Kapow Primary Art, which is used and adapted to support the planning and delivery of art across the school. Stimuli for art projects are through online links with national art galleries, youtube and physical mediums.  Teachers are responsible for selecting appropriate content and materials to ensure learning and skill development is progressive and of high quality, whilst providing stimulating and practical learning experiences for our children where trial and error of skill practice is encouraged and celebrated. 

Useful Websites/ links

Here are a range of useful websites that can be used to enhance children’s

Quick Draw

An interactive timed drawing game

Quick Draw

The Big Draw

Drawing and sketching projects for the whole family

The Big Draw

Art gallery experiences – Interactive tours and free online activities are alway

Tate Kids

Access fun art activities on the Tate Kids website.

Tate Kids

The National Gallery

Get stuck in with these online art tutorials you can easily follow at home.

The National Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery

Our programmes and resources use portraiture to support learning across the curriculum focussing on History, Art, Literacy, PHSE and Citizenship. Discover our Digital Resources which explore Portraiture through our Collection and Exhibitions to support school and home based learning.

The National Portrait Gallery

Useful Documents


Art Progression Document

Art and Design Leader

Year 3

Miss Rowell

Teacher/ SENDCO/ Art Lead

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