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Gilbert Colvin Primary School



At Gilbert Colvin Primary school, our art curriculum is designed to provide visual, sensory and tactile experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their imagination, skills, knowledge of materials and techniques to create and evaluate their own pieces of artwork. Children are able to experiment and take risks in order to enable them to make informed decisions for their artwork. Children are given exposure to artists from different cultures and points in history in order to develop their appreciation and widen their views of the vast variety of artwork, equipping them with richer knowledge to answer the question ‘what is art?’ They are encouraged to dive deeper into the thought processes of the artist, discussing why and how they made their art piece, and how effective it is for an audience.


Through high quality, inspiring art education, children experience a wide range of hands-on techniques to produce different styles of art. Throughout the process, children are encouraged to evaluate their work in order to consider further changes that could be made to develop their work.

We support our children in developing their skills, knowledge and confidence as artists by enabling them to:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Use sketchbooks in order to develop and evaluate ideas.
  • 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.

In Key Stage 1, the children will learn to use a range of different materials creatively to design and make products. They will draw, paint and join materials using sewing to develop techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. They will also learn about the work of a range of great artists and designers.

In Key Stage 2, the children will learn to improve their mastery of art and design techniques. They experiment using a wider range of materials and record their observations and ideas in sketchbooks, using them to review and inform improvements.  They will also learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.



By the end of their time at Gilbert Colvin, we want pupils to have learnt, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills. They should be aware of a range of artists and designers and be able to consider and discuss the art they come across and experience. We want pupils to have the confidence to take risks, experiment and explore. Most importantly, we want pupils to enjoy and appreciate being an artist and expressing themselves.

Class teachers ensure that the children in their class have covered the relevant knowledge and skills using the subject-specific progression map. Teachers track and evidence progress against objectives at the end of each unit. Subject leaders carry out 'deep dive' subject monitoring which includes a planning and book scrutiny, learning walk/lesson observations, and pupil voice.

What our children think about Art at Gilbert Colvin Primary School

“Art is not just one thing – wherever you look there is art. We are doing perspective art which is fun and unique.” – Year 6 Pupil

“I like using the sketchbook to put down my ideas and my thoughts.”– Year 2 pupil


“I enjoy learning new techniques in art lessons. Sometimes they are challenging and we have to think hard about how we use them in our art piece.” – Year 4 Pupil

“I love organising my sketchbook and having my experimentation in it that I can look back on.” – Year 4
“I feel proud when our class art work is on display for the whole school to see.”– Year 2 pupil