Art & Design

We build on the skills introduced in year one and develop them further in year two.

Children are encouraged to experiment with colour, shape and size through a range of media including poster paint, watercolour, oil pastel and pencil. We also experiment with collage, texture and recycling materials to create imaginative works of art both independently, with partners and in groups. We encourage the children to experiment with different tools so that they can make informed decisions about the tools they choose to use for their artwork. In particular, we encourage the children to add more detail to their work and be more precise by using thinner brushes.

Our year two children will learn different techniques such as printing, applique, sewing, overlapping and folding to create their own works of art.

Observational drawing skills are taught through our socio-emotional work and the way in which art can be used to record experiences and feelings. We specifically look at the use of fine lines and pencil drawing, sketching and shading whilst teaching the children about perspective in their work. The work of Shaun Tan and his illustrations are studied as his art work tells a story.

The focus of our teaching is to allow children the freedom to use their own imagination to create individual pieces of work which reflect their own ideas and personality. We encourage children to develop a ‘can do’ attitude to their art work by adopting a positive art environment, where there is no wrong.

We look at the work of other artists and the skills that they use and adopt these to create our own pieces of art.

These include:

  • Claes Oldenburg- sculptor
  • Cezanne- observational art using fruit and watercolour
  • Monet
  • Kandinsky- shape art work using shapes and perpendicular lines
  • Arcimboldo- 3d fruit sculptures and portraits using food types

Discussion is also prevalent throughout our art lessons, so that children feel confident to voice their opinions about works of art.  For example, children are able to say what they like or dislike and give reasons for their ideas.

The shapes and patterns prevalent in Islamic Art are also studied both in our art lessons and throughout maths lessons as a cross curricular learning enhancement.

3d sculpture is observed and studied at our trip to the Botanic Gardens and children reflect on these designs when designing their 3d clay dragons.

We are following the objectives of the National Curriculum 2014 which can be found here:

National Curriculum Objectives 2014

Further resources can be found at:

Art Gallery 

Making Art Fun


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