Teaching Art at Over Hall Community School

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Art Lead: Miss Collins


Here at Over Hall, we aim to develop pupils’ abilities, experiences and enjoyment of art.  We want children to be Capable, Cultured and Creative:

Capable - Children are able to identify that Art is a skills-based subject, and explain how it could help to equip them with knowledge and skills for their future. They are determined to improve their skills throughout their time at school.  

Cultured - Through regular teaching, pupils will have a deeper level of understanding of culture, through Art. They respect how designers create products and how artists product pieces.  

Creative - Children will have developed a stronger sense of creativity. They will become more inquisitive, adventurous, take risks and understand that the outcome is only a part of the process.  


 Art is interwoven into the school’s curriculum, making meaningful links to other elements of the curriculum. This may be through drawing on knowledge and inspiration from art from other cultures, artists from particular periods in history, or art that sends a certain message.  

Each year group will have three main art projects throughout the year, each with a differing focus. One project will be primarily be based around drawing. Children will be developing their understanding of line, mark, tone, form and texture. Another project will focus on a specific artist or designer. Children will analyse their work, explore their methods of working and consider how they can create their own pieces in that particular style. The final project will look at art in a much broader sense. Children will endeavour to produce a piece of work in a different medium, which could be: digital media, painting, textiles, printing, 3-D or collage. 

Children will be encouraged to: 

  • Develop their observational drawing skills, working from a variety of sources. 
  • Draw for pleasure, exploring ideas and using their imagination. 
  • Become confident in a variety of medium, including drawing, painting, sculpting, collaging, printing, photography, textiles and digital media.  
  • Approach and appreciate artwork by learning to decode and understand it.  
  • Conduct an in depth study of an artist or designer. 

Leadership - through effective leadership, staff receive training and support ensuring that they have the knowledge, expertise and skills to effectively implement Art within their year group.

Equal opportunities – All children are given sufficient time to access the Art curriculum.

Planning - The long-term plan is for children to develop a broad and deep understanding of Art. Children will be capable of producing skilful observational drawings, work with a variety of media, draw for pleasure, talk about artists work, as well as work in the style of a designer or artist.

Breadth and depth –

Within Key Stage One, pupils will explore a curriculum which allows them 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 
  • Know 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 Two pupils will continue to explore the above points, alongside being able to: 

  • 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.  
  • Know about great artists, architects and designers in history 

Please refer to the Art progression document for a breakdown of knowledge and skills for year groups.

As well as completing work inside the classroom, Over Hall is also extremely lucky to have a Governor who plays an active role in working with pupils at the school. Children are given the opportunity to apply their skills and understanding by working on projects to produce large scale pieces, which can be seen all around school. Art also plays a part in enrichment afternoons at Over Hall, where children are provided with opportunities to develop their skills and enrich their cultural understanding.

Assessment - Subject Leaders monitor the progress of Art through work scrutiny, pupil voice, work displayed etc. Next steps for the subject then become evident.


Through our teaching and learning of Art, pupils not only become capable, but confident in their skills. They develop an understanding of artistic terminology, and use it in conversations to discuss how work can be progressed. Children can identify the work of artists, talk about art, and work in the style of designers and artists. Most importantly, children will feel like artists as they work on project that fosters their curiosity and creativity.

End points:

During their time at Over Hall, we aim for pupils to become Competent, Cultured and Creative within the Art, Craft and Design curriculum. There are 7 key end points for a pupil to reach by the end of their time at Over Hall, which provide pupils with the opportunity to experience a wide breadth of creative mediums. They are as follows: 

  1. Drawing – Pupils can use line, mark, tone, form, shape and texture to create drawings from observation as well as from imagination. They can draw using a variety of mark making tools.  

  1. Painting – Pupils understand the varying effects of different types of paint. They have an understanding of the colour wheel, including primary colours, secondary colours, complementary colours and contrasting colours.  

  1. Printing – Pupils demonstrate the ability to produce printing plates from ranging materials. They can produce prints using the relief method and the impressed method. 

  1. Collage – Pupils can use a range of media to create collages, using techniques such as tearing, overlapping and layering.  

  1. Textiles – Pupils can use material creatively. They can dye material, print onto it, weave it and use stitching to add detail and texture.  

  1. 3D – Pupils can shape, form, model and construct a 3D sculpture from imagination and observation. They can use a variety of sculpting forms, including recycled materials and clay. 

  2. Digital Media – Pupils can record, collect and store digital information, which they can they manipulate and present.  

Take a look at the gallery to see some of the wonderful work produced by children so far this year!

*Please see class or key stage pages for learning intentions for each year group.


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