Art Rationale


At Pensilva Primary School, Art and Design is taught under the umbrella of a cross-curricular curriculum using ‘Kapow’. Our themes are chosen to provide many opportunities for children to be creative and experimental as well as exposing them to the wealth of creativity the world has to offer.

All children learn about a range of artists and each year they will increase their knowledge and understanding of these. They will then be able to make links between pieces of art work, artistic styles and different artists. Children are then given the opportunity to use this to influence their own pieces of art. We choose artists that are iconic but that also have something to offer the children in terms of subject and technique. Children will gain a secure understanding and knowledge of stylistic elements and technical vocabulary, which help to frame their ideas and observations and appreciate these in the art they see.

The essential knowledge elements within our Art and Design curriculum are colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. These elements can be used when creating art but also when learning about the different aspects of art and artists. The children will learn about an artist that creates or uses a particular style or technique, they will then be given the opportunity to use that technique in their own work.




By the end of KS1 we believe our children will be able to:


  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Talk about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and make links to their own work.


By the end of KS2 we believe our children will be able 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.
  • Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • Talk about great artists, architects and designers in history.


Essential Characteristics


• 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.