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Art Curriculum


At St. Stephen's, our curriculum ensures that children have opportunity to explore a full range of art experiences under the following headings:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printing
  • Sculpture and Architecture
  • Textiles and Collage


These experiences build skills and knowledge progressively, from EYFS through to Year 6.


Children study a wide range of artists from throughout history, from across continents and from a range of traditions. They learn to view works of art through questions and build technical vocabulary as they study.


They imitate the work of particular artists to build skills, then develop projects by altering medium, theme, scale, techniques or composition.

Overview of the Art Curriculum

EYFS provision for Expressive Art and Design


In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Expressive Art and Design is embedded throughout the daily provision, in both Nursery and Reception.


Creative activities are used as a vehicle and starting point for much of the children’s learning, either through imaginative role play and dressing up, small world story telling,  mask and puppet making, recreating known and imagined story settings, making creatures out of

playdough, clay or leaves, sticks… the choice of materials as a starting point is endless.

The children explore a wide range of materials and media. They explore textures, colour mixing, manipulating and joining, constructing, making decisions and refining their ideas.

The children sing and dance, learn a repertoire of songs, explore sounds and rhythms and recreate their own.


Our intent is to provide children with the materials, resources or activities that facilitate their learning or understanding of a particular topic but if they choose to use these in a different way and with a different outcome that is fine.

Our focus is very much about the process or creating and imagining and the learning journey the children make rather than the end product.

Class Art Projects

Sculpture: Pressing into Clay
Textiles: Nursery Wall Hanging
Sculpture: Junk Mobiles
Colour Mixing: Reception
Paint Techniques: Jackson Pollock Style
Food Art: Yr 1
Food Art: Yr 1
Food Art: Yr 1
Still Life:Water Colours inspired by Cezann
Chalk and Charcoal: Henry Moore Study
Collage: Face made from Words
Imitating Picasso
Imitating Picasso
Clay Sculptures: Inspired by Picasso
Mod Roc Masks: Inspired by Picasso
Mod Roc Masks: Inspired by Picasso
Optical Art: Inspired by Bridget Riley
African Textiles: Hair Scrunchies Yr 4
African Textiles: Shopping bags with transfersYr 4
Collage: Night Lights
Pastels: Inspired by Martin Bulinya
Pastels: Inspired by Martin Bulinya
African Textiles: Phone sleeves Yr 4
Collage: Creating a Roman Mosaic
Collage: Using Tiles to recreate Roman Mosaics
Vikings: Wire Jewellery Yr 4
Vikings: Polymer Clay Jewellery Yr 4
Vikings: Screen Printing: Yr 4
Celtic Jewellery: Wire Sculpting
Sculptures: Viking Boats
Textile Wall Hanging: Kandinsky inspired Planets
Textiles: Kandinsky Style
Textiles: Applique
Textiles: Applique
Textiles: Applique
Pop Art: Yr 6
Pop Art: Yr 6
Using Ben Day Dots
Cubist Collage: Inspired by Braque
Cubist Collage: Inspired by Braque
Cubist Collage: Inspired by Braque
Cubist Collage: Inspired by Braque
Tudor Portraits: Proportion and Features
smileyCreative Art activities to do at home can be found on the Children's pages under Curriculum links.

Local Art Projects: Creating a Maritime Museum Art Exhibition

Working with Artists

Teaching Year 4 to Screen Print

Art Club

Art club runs throughout the school year and is open to all year groups from 1 - 6.

Children work on a wide range of projects using recycled materials, inspired by a wide range of artists.


Art Club Projects

Drag painting chopped and rearranged
Weaving with plastic bags
CDs and Sharpies
Wool ends on recycled cardboard
Abstract Art: Modroc on Board
Starry Night from plastic bottle tops
Starry Night from plastic bags
Starry Night from plastic bags
Starry Night from plastic bags
Starry Night from plastic bags

Visiting Art Galleries

Bridget Riley Exhibition: Hayward Gallery