Art and Design


The 2014 National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all children:

  •  Explore their own ideas
  • Produce creative work
  • Record their experiences
  • Become proficient at drawing, painting, sculpting
  • Become proficient at general art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using artistic language
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers
  • Understand historical and cultural developments of art forms

At Rudston Primary School, we believe that developing art and design skills provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. We want to expand their personal horizons, instil in them a love of learning and to foster inquisitive minds, resilience, self-motivation and respect for all.

At Rudston we are committed to teaching Art and Design to every child from Bright Stars to Year 6. By learning about different artists and cultures, we give our children a new perspective on the world, encourage them to understand their own culture and history, and
that of other countries.

Children leave Rudston, with confidence in sharing their artistic skills, as well as understanding and respect for other cultures, and customs.

At Rudston we believe that through our Art and Design curriculum, we provide enjoyment and prepare our children for the next steps in their education and for the future beyond.



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Under the Early Learning Goals, Art comes under the area of Expressive Arts and Design. The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. 

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about 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.
Key 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.