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Art & Design


Art is about developing children’s creative ability using a wide range of media and materials. Art experiences should enable children to  experiment with their ideas to communicate what they see, feel and think. At Longlands, children will experience drawing, painting, printing, collage, and 3-dimensional work, as well as being introduced to the rich culture of art by looking at the work of other artists. Within these areas children will be introduced to the elements of art such as colour and tone, line, pattern and texture, shape, form and space. Art is intended to be enjoyable and all efforts valued. We encourage self-evaluation of work and children are taught how to be resilient to achieve their goals.

As the children develop their skills an emphasis is placed on the quality of presentation and we encourage pride and achievement by displaying children’s work around the school.


At Longlands Art lessons are practical and engaging in order to develop children’s art skills and knowledge. Teachers plan lessons that are progressive and build on prior knowledge by revisiting concepts previously studied. In Art lessons, children are taught to use a variety of techniques and resources. We aim to inspire children by giving them the opportunity to explore the work of artists and experiment with different art mediums and artist’s techniques.

Each child has have a sketchbook to record their ideas, explore techniques and work through the art and design process. Children reflect on their own work through evaluations, both written and verbal.  Evidence of children’s work can be found in sketchbooks and displays.

We ensure that:

  • Children have opportunities to express their ideas and imagination through their creative work
  • Children are given opportunities to explore different mediums and materials
  • Children develop and build upon skills and techniques to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Children are given opportunities to explore artists and designers and discuss their thoughts on their work using topic specific vocabulary. They understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • Pupil’s build knowledge of great artist and can use artists work as inspiration for their own ideas
  • Children are able to use sketch books as a tool to build up their knowledge of art techniques and as a base for experimenting with skills and ideas
  • Children self-evaluate and reflect on processes, skills and end products

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