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At St Mark and All Saints, we aim to enhance children’s visual language and love for art.  We aim to develop the children’s ability to explore art through cross curricular links, work collaboratively and expose children to a range of different media and inspiring experiences. Within our lessons, we believe it is vital to focus on the creative journey and develop our artistic knowledge and key skills. We love to use our sketchbooks to collect our ideas and experiences which helps us to master techniques.  Art at St Mark and All Saints offers children experiences analysing the work of great artists and encourages an understanding of how art and design reflects and contributes to history and to different cultures.

The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences 

  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques  

  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design 

  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Art at St Mark and All Saints is split into 3 key areas which include developing ideas, mastering techniques and taking inspiration from the greats. The techniques that will be covered across the school are: 


  • Drawing - Pencil, wax, chalk, ink, pen etc.

  • Printing - Fingers, hands, vegetables, card, wood, string, clay, polystyrene etc.

  • Painting - Paint, inks, dyes, brushes, sponges, straws etc.

  • Pattern - Painted, printed, dyed, rubbed, imprinted etc.

  • Sculpture - 3D experience, ridged, malleable materials etc.

  • Textiles - Collage, weaving, threads, fibres, fabrics, wood, clay etc.


Key stage 1 Pupils are 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 are 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. 

  • 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.

  • About great artists, architects and designers in history.




Children will leave St. Mark and All Saints as creative imaginative individuals who have developed a love and appreciation of art. They will have developed their keys skills of drawing, painting, printing, textiles, collage and sculptures. They will also have taken inspiration from many of the great artists and be able to comment on their work.

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