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St Joseph's Catholic

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  • Curriculum Intention
  • Art Journey
  • Skills Maps
  • Curriculum Overview
  • Exemplification (Ongoing)
  • Art Day
  • Action Plan

The Art Curriculum Intention

A creative subject which engages inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with skills and knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Pupils should:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


  • At St Joseph’s art is taught within topics and teachers use a skills progression ladder to ensure techniques being mastered are developmental
  • We engage in local art events such as displaying art locally
  • We encourage art gallery visits and visiting artists
  • We make links with RE by exploring religious art and its symbolism

Art Journey 


During Art lessons, pupils have experience of using six key art techniques.

These are:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Collage
  • Printing
  • Textiles

Each technique is covered at least once during each phase.


Each topic covered will often follow the same structure:

  • Analysis - Pupils will analyse an artist or art technique, making comparisons to other artists, asking questions, offering opinions and developing art related vocabulary.
  • Practise - Pupils will practise art skills related to the topic. At this time, the age appropriate skills from the Art Skills Map will be shared with the pupils.
  • Emulation - Pupils will try to copy as accurately as possibly a piece of artwork by an other artist.
  • Creation - Pupils will create their own artwork inspired by the artist they have studied.




Art Skills Map

Curriculum Overview


To ensure a clear progression of art skills, class teachers collect examples of art which match the coloured skills from the Art skills map. This is an ongoing process. Below are some exemplars for art analysis and art techniques.

Art Day

Each year, the school holds a whole-school Art day. At this time, all classes focus on the same skill. This allows us to see a whole school progression for that skill and devote an extended period of time to practising the relevant techniques.

Each class has a chosen artist to study and the days follows this structure:

  • Analysis - Pupils analyse art by their given artist, expressing opinions and giving reasons for these.
  • Emulation - Pupils attempt to copy as closely as possible a work by their chosen artist.
  • Creation - Pupils create a piece of work inspired by, and in the style of, their chosen artist.



2022 - Painting ( This was our first whole school art day).

2023 - Drawing

Class 2 Art Day

In Class 2, we learnt about George Seurat and his painting technique, Pointillism. We also used a colour wheel to mix the primary colours to make new colours. We used colour mixing throughout the day to create our own Pointillism artwork. 

Class 3 Art Day

Class 3 studied the artist Pablo Picasso, focusing on his blue period. The class practised mixing colours more precisely, creating hue maps for the colour blue before creating their own Picasso themed artwork.

Class 4

In Art 4, we studied the artist René Magritte. We compared his art to paintings by some of his contemporaries. We also learnt about his life and how events in his past may have influenced his art. Following our analysis, we practised different painting techniques. This enabled us to create better emulations of Magritte's famous painting, "The Son of Man". Finally, we created our own paintings inspired by Magritte.

Art Action Plan 2022