“For every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Pablo Picasso

Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.

Our school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design. We ensure that the act of investigating and making something includes exploring and developing ideas, and evaluating and developing work.

Through learning about the roles and functions of art, the children can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.

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Rudston celebrates the talent and creativity of our children with constantly changing displays.


Maths in Art

During the ‘Love of maths’ fortnight, every class had an opportunity to use their mathematical skills in an artistic way. Have a look through the album to see what they came up with.
Maths in Art
Year 2

Year 2 have been studying inspirational Africans. In art we have been looking at african patterns and prints. We made our prints of African animals on polystyrene tiles and printed them in lots of different colours.

Year 2
Year 5

Year 5 have have been studying the work of Georgia O’Keeffe and have produced some beautiful flowers showing sketching and shading skills. They have learnt how to produce a range of tones in a variety of media. Next step is to design and make a 3D plant, that might possibly come from another planet, and a papier mache vase to put it in.

Year 5 Art

Year 6

Year 6 are looking at evolution. We had a whistle stop tour through the history of art and produced a piece of graffiti in our sketch books. We looked at the ways butterflies have adapted and have made butterflies with wire and mod-rock…pictures of finished designs will follow soon.

Year 6 Art

Art Club

In art club, Year Five and Six are looking at Venetian carnival masks.

Art Club

Digital Painting

Journey Sketches If you could go through a red door to anywhere you like, where would your imagination take you to?

Reception have been drawing digital paintings using the Tux Paint app on our Linux netbooks. Reception Linux

Year One have been using painting software on netbook computers, using two different operating systems – Windows and Linux. See them in the midst of their creative process, and sample some of their works, below!

Y1 - Linux Digital Painting
Y1 MS Paint
Children’s work
Y1 Microsoft Paint

Year Two have been inspired by Radio Rudston’s Rudston Story to imagine where Galfrid and Chelsey will end up next…
Y2 Digital Painting

We’ve also used the Sketches app on the iPads this year to produce some fantastic artwork.

Year One sketched aliens as part of their Learning Challenge What do aliens think of life on planet Earth?
Y1 Aliens Sketches

Year One researched Australia as part of Culture Week
Y1 Australia Sketches

Year One celebrated Easter by drawing our favourite furry animal…
Y1 Easter Sketches

Year Two researched different types of lighthouses, and their distinguishing markings, as part of their Learning Challenge.
Y2 Lighthouse Sketches

Year Five created their own rainforest hybrids by combining three rainforest animals together, can you guess what their designs incorporate?
Y5 Invented Rainforest Animals

Year Four used 2Simple software on desktop computers to create digital worlds to for the location of the stories they were writing in English!
Y4 Digital Worlds