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Art at Bushmead Primary school

At Bushmead Primary school we aim to ensure that all children:

  • Have access to a broad and balanced, enriching curriculum.
  • Enjoy an active involvement in art, craft and design.
  • Have the confidence as well as the skills and experience necessary to communicate their ideas through their artwork.
  • Have the opportunities to experience a broad range of art activities and build of knowledge an skills throughout their art journey. 
  • Become visually literate and able to identify and apply the key elements of art.
  • All pupils will be given equal access to the experience of art regardless of the gender, race or disability.
  • Become proficient in line, colour, texture, tone and sculpture.
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms



Art curriculum intent statement

At Bushmead we recognise that Art is part of children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to use the experiences children gain from the wider curriculum which are designed to excite, inspire and challenge children’s imagination. Our overall aim is to equip our children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design whist appreciating its importance in history through famous modern artists as well as local and contemporary artists. Throughout their time here there is a clear progression of skills, which build on prior learning – such as use of tools and techniques with increasing mastery. The curriculum introduces every member of our school community to a wide range of art and artists, including those from different periods and cultures. This in turn creates world citizens with an understanding of how art impacts and enhances societies.


What children will be taught

    As children move through our school they will be taught a progressive curriculum that builds on the knowledge and skills from previous years. Children will learn about the following areas in each year group.




    Year 1

    In year 1 children will begin by focusing on colour. Children will learn about Artists Paul Klee and the skill of printing followed by Gustav Klint and the skill of creating shape using collage and textiles. In the Spring term the focus technique is line where children will learn skills of colour mixing, cutting and learn about the artist Steven Brown. In the summer term children will focus on texture where they will learn about artists Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Henri Rousseau. Children will work on their skills of using oil pastels to create texture and tones.


    Year 2

    In year 2 children start the year focusing on Tone where they will learn about the artists Peter Thorpe and Raymond Briggs. Children will develop their skills of oil pastels and pencils to create tone. In the spring term children will focus on pattern. They will explore the Artists Gaudi and Andy Warhol where they will develop their printing and collage skills. In the summer term children will focus on form and shape through the Artists Andy Goldsworthy and Georgia O'keefe. Children will develop skills to create 3D sculpture and water colour paints. 


    Year 3

    In year 3 children will start by building on their knowledge of Line by looking at Art from the Stone Age and develop their skills of printing and using a range of textiles. In the spring time children will build on their knowledge of colour through the Artists Roy Lichtenstein and Jack Kirby. They will further develop skills of painting and drawing. In the summer term the focus is texture where children will explore Vincent Van Gough and a local Artist called Jonnie Barton. Children will develop skills of creating texture through different types of paint such as spray paint, water colour paint and powder paint. 


    Year 4

    In year 4 children will further their knowledge of tone by studying Jean Metzinger and looking at Roman Pottery Art. Children will practise skills of collage and mosaic as well as using clay to create pottery. In the spring term the focus is on pattern and children will learn about the contemporary Artist Joe Everson and a local Artist Lynn Norton. They will develop their skills of drawing and painting to create pattern. During the summer term children will focus on form and shape where they will explore Ancient Egyptian Art. 


    Year 5

    In year 5 children will continue to develop their knowledge of Line through exploring Native American Art by practising their skills of 3D shape and textiles. Also, they will learn about the artist Corey Barksdale to develop their drawing skills. In the spring term the focus is Texture and children will learn about the Artists Jackson Pollock and Sandi Schimmel Gold where they will develop their skills of printing an collage. In the summer term children will build on their knowledge of colour through the Artist John Dahlsen and the famous Art 'The great wave of Kanagowa'. They will work on skills of water colour pencils and paints as well as sculpture and junk modeling to create colour. 


    Year 6

    During children final year at Bushmead they will build on their knowledge of Tone, Form and shape and pattern. Children will begin learning about the Artists Jan Pienowski and Banksy to develop skills of painting with water colours and powder paints as well as creating tone with charcoal and pencils. In the Spring term children will explore Aboriginal Art and the Artist Rich McCor to work on skills of 3D shape and textiles. Finally, in the summer term children will develop their knowledge of Pattern by exploring the artists William Morris and Edwin Landseer. In this term children will practise their printing and drawing skills to create pattern.