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Primary School

Pursue Possibilities

Love Learning

At Robert Arkenstall School we aim to provide high-quality art and design education which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, we aim to ensure that they think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.

Mixing tints: Grace, Y1


We aim to develop the following essential characteristics of artists:

The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.

The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.

The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.

The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.

An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft-makers and designers.

The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.

Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.

The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.

The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.

A passion for and a commitment to the subject.


Teaching approaches:

In our school, art and design engages the children through carefully planned, exciting, inspiring and creative experiences.  By ensuring that there is a progression of skills throughout the school we enable them to develop as artists (see progression of skills documents – link) whilst participating in a wide range of creative activities.