At kelvin Grove Primary School, art is a highly valued subject and we are proud to be an Artsmark Gold school. Art lessons are designed to challenge, enthuse and inspire children, whilst deepening their learning in cross-curricular studies. Pupils develop their own unique styles by making individual art as well as collaborating on larger scale group pieces. We help broaden pupils’ experience and passion through the use of workshops where we welcome artists within the community to work on class projects.


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

Art Content

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

Art Lead: Mrs Hann

Since I was a little girl, I have always had a passion for creating things. Every Birthday and Christmas my wish list was always an array of art crafts. I remember my first pottery kit and making my first flower vase from clay and decorating it. I thought it was a masterpiece. I spent most of my childhood drawing, painting, and creating something out of nothing. Art allows me to express myself and being open to how things may turn out different from what you originally wanted them to.

Art Lead: Mr Couling

Although when growing up I always loved drawing and painting, it was when I started travelling that I really fell in love with art. Visiting museums like the Louvre, Guggenheim and Baltic, as well as being among Gaudi’s architecture in Barcelona, all inspired me and encouraged me to be creative in my day-to-day life. I find artists, as well as their artwork, fascinating and love conveying this to the children at school. My favourite thing about art, though, is how it allows children to express themselves in new and interesting ways, and the ‘wow’ factor they have when seeing something different for the first time.


Kelvin Grove currently hold an Artsmark ‘Gold Award’.

Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports settings and recognises those which celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education for all children and young people. It helps helps embed arts, culture and creativity to support a broad and ambitious curriculum, strengthen pupil voice and support personal progression.

Art Skills and Progression


At Kelvin Grove, we ensure key art skills are taught in all aspects of artwork. We created a whole school document to ensure clear progression of skills is evident across each year group. The areas we focus on are as follows:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Print Making
  • Textiles
  • Sculpture

EYFS Skills Document: EYFS Progression Grid

Year 1 Skills document: Year 1 Progression Grid

Year 2 Skills document: Year 2 Progression Grid

Year 3 Skills document: Year 3 Progression Grid

Year 4 Skills document: Year 4 Progression Grid

Year 5 Skills document: Year 5 Progression Grid

Year 6 Skills document: Year 6 Progression Grid

Artists Spine

In order to ensure a broad range of artists are being covered we have created our own artist spine with an additional resource which teachers use to support all areas of the curriculum.

Kelvin Grove Artist Spine document: KGPS History & Artist Links LTP 20-21
Additional Artist Spine resource: Artists & Themes – The Arty Teacher 
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