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St. Michael's Art Curriculum


At St. Michael's, we love teaching art and we want our children to love it too! The area in which we live is so sublime, it is impossible not to be inspired.


Our intent is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils by introducing them to a broad range of techniques, media, arts and crafts makers right from their first weeks in school. The works of Klee, Burleigh, Kandinsky, Gilmore, Carlo and Cezanne - to name but a few - will become increasingly familiar to them.


As children progress through the art curriculum they will gain an understanding of how art reflects and shapes our history and how it contributes to the culture and creativity of our world. We want children to really learn how to look – and look again – at their own surroundings as well as learning from other cultures. 


We have carefully selected a wide range of diverse artists, craftmakers and designers from the present day and the past to study. We aim for children to be able to use art as another means of expressing their ideas and feelings as well as to be inspired to become the architects, graphic designers, fashion designers, illustrators, artists,  curators and printmakers of the future

St. Michael's Art Curriculum - 2023-24


Term 1

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Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6


Teaching painting routines, cutting, sticking, and joining skills and how to make different lines.

Teaching how to print with paint and make careful drawings and paintings that pay attention to line and form and colour. Learning how to draw leaves, poppies and bread using different media like oil pastels, chalk, and charcoal. The children will colour mix when painting. The children will continue to practise their joining skills when making cards.

Teaching about a famous artist called Paul Klee. The children will create their own landscape paintings using shapes. Learning to create and print more complex patterns and designs. Teaching the children about how to use watercolour paints and introducing to making clay models and how to work clay.

Teaching how to make close observational drawings and paintings using pencil and watercolours. Building watercolour techniques, learning how to use the brush and how to create strength of colour. Continuing to build joining skills – learning how to use split pins. Learning to plan an idea to make out of junk modelling to help the Gingerbread Man get safely over a river. They will be supported to build their idea and put into practice their understanding of how to join. Learning to evaluate their creation. The children will also be introduced to a new artistic technique called ‘Marbling’



Creating a concept of real life, making a realistic representation using hard and soft pencils, pastels and charcoal. Drawing from real life leaves, feathers and insides of fruit, we will draw inspiration from Vincent Van Gough ‘Branch with leaves’ and ‘Mulberry Tree’.


Using watercolors, inspired by Paul Klee and Emma Burleigh. Learning about the characteristics of watercolours, how ‘accidents’ can help us create art, and that we can develop our art by reflecting upon what we can see and adding new lines and shapes to help develop imagery.


Teaching the concept of Still Life, inspired by the famous artist Paul Cezanne.  We will be exploring the skills and methods for creating tint, shade and tone to our drawings using a range of mediums, pencil, charcoal and oil pastels.


Teaching the children all about colour and layering when block painting.  Exploring art by Wassily Kandinsky, discussing and giving their opinions on different pieces then creating their own Kandinsky inspired block art.



Researching the artist, Leonardo Da Vinci - his life and his art. Linking to science we will be looking in detail at his work on anatomy and trying to recreate our own versions of it.

Researching the artist, Freda Carlo - her life and her art.

Linking Art into our science and geography topics and look to develop our range of artistic skills and types of art we can use to draw and create pieces of work in different mediums.

Linking Art into our English, science and geography topics and look to develop our range if artistic skills and types of art we can use to draw and create pieces of work in different mediums.



Focusing on drawing and creating power prints. Using tone to make observational drawings look 3D and explore using different gradients of pencil. Applying  skills learnt about tone to show awareness of proportion and think about the relative size and shape of objects we draw. Creating a collage to explore pattern, symmetry and contrast and we will apply our understanding of tone to the technique of hatching. Finally, showcasing our learning by working in groups to create giant prints inspired by our collages.


Exploring pattern. making a sensory drawing, to slow down and think about the process of Shaheen Ahemed who explores patterns. Explore the idea that we can devise our own process criteria: focusing on making a tessellated design, where we will invent a shape. Explore colour, looking at complimentary colours, warm colours and cold colours. Focusing on the artist Andy Gilmore during this unit. Finally display our work and reflect on all stages of the journey and artists studied.