Art curriculum

Intent for TVED Art

Art allows pupils to become confident independent artists who are creative and have the ability to express themselves using a wide range of materials and media. Through exposure to diverse local, national and international cultural heritage, pupils will foster a love of art and understand how art contributes to the creativity and wealth of our nation and wider world. The curriculum is artist driven and structured to ensure drawing is the strand that underpins and is woven through the entire art curriculum. For reference, take a look at the Department for Education art curriculum guidance here.


By the end of our KS1 art curriculum most children will be able to:

  • 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.

By the end of our KS2 art curriculum most children will be able to:

  • 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.
Art curriculumAutumnSpringSummer
Year 1Artist: Iris Scott
Techniques: Drawing and Painting
Artist: Lucy Pittaway
Techniques: Drawing
Artist: Angie Lewin
Techniques: Drawing and Printing
What process does Iris Scott use to create her artwork?How is the work of Lucy Pittaway influenced by local landscapes?How does nature inspire Angie Lewin’s artwork?
Year 2Artist: Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Techniques: Drawing and Painting
Artist: Mackenzie Thorpe
Techniques: Drawing
Artist: Alberto Giacometti
Techniques: Drawing and Sculpture
How does Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s work incorporate nature?How is Mackenzie Thorpe’s artwork influenced by local landmarks?How does Giacometti represent figures in his work?
Year 3Artist: Lowry
Techniques: Drawing and Painting
Artists:  Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Techniques: Drawing and Collage
Artist: William Morris (designer)
Techniques: Drawing, Textiles and Printing
How does Lowry use perspective in his artwork?What inspiration does Giuseppe Arcimboldo use and how does he create his portraits?How is William Morris’ artwork influenced by repeated floral patterns?
Year 4Artist: Anthony Gormley (architect)
Techniques: Drawing and Sculpture
Artist: David Hockney
Techniques: Drawing and Painting (ipad tech)
Artist: Claude Monet
Techniques:  Drawing and Painting
How does Antony Gormley use shape and form in his artwork?What is digital art and how has David Hockney developed this medium?How does nature inspire Claude Monet’s work?
Year 5Artist:  Andy Goldsworthy
Techniques: Drawing and Sculpture
Artist:  Peter Thorpe
Techniques:  Drawing and Painting
Artist: Joe Cornish (photographer)
Techniques: Drawing and Photography
How does Andy Goldsworthy use natural products to create his sculptures?How does Peter Thorpe use the theme of space to create dramatic effect in paintings?How does Joe Cornish use light and dark to create a mood in photography?
Year 6Artists:  Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore
Techniques:  Drawing and Sculpture
Artists:  Andy Warhol
Techniques: Drawing and Printing
Artist: Frida Kahlo
Techniques: Drawing and Painting
How does the work of Barbara Hepworth capture the feeling of family life in her art?Why was the work of Andy Warhol so popular and what effect did it have on popular culture?How are Frida Kahlo’s life experiences and culture reflected in her artwork?


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