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Art at St Gabriel's


Learning within Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. At St Gabriel’s the aim of our art and design education is to inspire, engage and challenge children - enabling pupils to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern. Children will become involved in shaping their environment through art and design activities, involving different creative techniques. They will explore ideas and meaning through the work of artists, architects and designers.


National Curriculum Requirements of Art:


Key stage 1

Pupils should be 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 should be 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.

Pupils should be taught:

  • 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.




At St Gabriel’s, the children have an art lesson once per week, some of these lessons take place in the Art room. Giving the children the chance to work away from their usual environment and enjoy the creative space. The children also experience an additional Art day once per term, this is to allow pupils to have the opportunity to start and finish a piece of Artwork within a day, to take a break from their usual schedule and enjoy being creative.  The teaching of Art follows a predominantly skills-based curriculum, which covers drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, textiles and printing. Full details of this can be found on the Art Curriculum Overview.




By the end of their time with us, we want pupils to have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills. They should have an awareness of a broad range of artists, architects and designers. They should have developed a wide range of skills and techniques along with an enjoyment and passion for Art and Design.