Art Overview

EYFS – Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring and using Media and Materials
22 – 36 months
Experiments with blocks, colours and marks.
30 – 50 months
Explores colour and how colours can be changed.
40 – 60 months
Explores what happens when they mix colours.
Experiments to create different textures.
Understands that different media can be combined to create new effects.
Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.
Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.
Uses simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately. 
Selects appropriate resources and adapts work where necessary.
Selects tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.
Early Learning Goal
Children should safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
Being Imaginative
22-36 months
Beginning to use representation to communicate, e.g. drawing a line and saying ‘That’s me’
30-50 months
Captures experiences and responses with a range of media, such as music, dance and paint and other materials or words
40-60 months
• Create simple representations of events, people and objects.
• Chooses particular colours to use for a purpose.
Early Learning Goal Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.
NurseryOffered as part of continuous provision weekly and with links to physical / motor development. Weekly focused tasks. Follows children’s interests.  
Reception   As nursery, plus the following… Self portraits Primary colours Transient art – to mark occasions (e.g. Remembrance Day – using poppies)   Christmas craftsStill drawings E.g. Valentine’s Day – flowers in a vase.Kadinsky (circles) Colour mixing – building from primary to secondary colours
Key Stage 1Pupils should be taught: to use a range of materials creatively to design and make productsto use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imaginationto develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and spaceabout 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.
Year 1Using paints to create 4 seasons tree picture
Primary colour mixing to produce secondary colours.
Exploring brush strokes.
Creating texture
Using print techniques
Christmas crafts
Jasper Johns
0 through 9 – Examples of this work Chn to create their own version.
Look at other pop artists and their work (Andy Warhol)  
African Art
Colours, shapes and pattern
Maasai Jewellery and Culture
African Masks
African sunsets
African Water Jars
Year 2Colour mixing  

Polytile printing – children to create own wrapping paper as part of Christmas crafts.  

Keith Haring
Children to study artist and create a piece of work in the style of said artist (calendars)  

Christmas Crafts  
Great Fire of London Pupils will study impressionist artists and create artwork depicting the Great Fire of London in the impressionist style.  

Henri Rousseau
Colour mixing – Tonal changes through the use of colour, pattern, texture, line and shape.
Sketch leaves
Create a collage in the style of Henri Rousseau using a range of techniques and materials. 
Local Area Study
Sculpture – Weebles (linked to local area study – South Shields) – children to go on a local area visit to South Shields to observe the ‘weebles’ sculpted by Juan Munoz   Portraits – Linked to line and form.    
Key Stage 2Key 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.


Year 3Stone Age
Painting techniques
Painting silhouettes of Stonehenge
Cave paintings
Stonehenge models

Christmas crafts
The Egyptians
Death masks
Making pyramids    
Local Area study
Antony Gormley (Sculptor Angel of the North)  
Artist study Van Gough/L.S Lowry
Year 4Linked to topic of Romans
Roman mosaic,
Artefacts (half pictures – pastel)
Celtic symmetry patterns
Roman jewellery (e.g. brooches, necklaces – pasta, card, clay etc.)
Roman shields
Krindlekrax paintings, wooden spoon puppets

Christmas crafts
Linked to topic of Europe and the United Kingdom  

European artists (e.g. Monet, Van Gogh)
European flags
Easter crafts/Mother’s Day cards  
Linked to topic of Ancient Greece

Greek artwork – Gods,
Comedy and tragedy masks,
Greece fact files using brochures.
Greek recipes
Greek Parthenon
Papier mache Greek pots (orange and black)
Greek Plates
Father’s Day cards.
Year 5Artist study
Georges Seurat – Pointillism
Pupils to study artist and create a piece of work in the style of said artist.

Christmas crafts
Anglo-Saxons and Vikings
Salt dough models – Viking runes.
South America
Mayan Masks
Year 6WW2
Blitz pictures
Anderson Shelters
Make do and mend activities – fabric dolls (DT)  
Christmas crafts
The Americas
Art from across the continent  

Leonardo Da Vinci compare works of this artist to that of those studied from The Americas.
Rivers / Coastal Areas Choose an artist(s) for artist study.
Art around the theme of water. e.g.
-David Hockney
-Zaria Foreman