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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”

Edgar Degas

As a school, we believe that art is an integral part of children’s education. It provides them with opportunities to develop a range of ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity, whilst learning about and making links with a wide selection of different types of art in our society. Art contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. Our focus is in developing proficiency in drawing, painting, understanding colour and shade and sculpture, with the overall aim of developing a rigorous understanding, critical awareness and inspiration of art and design.


Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought-out sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D-form) will be developed by providing an accessible and engaging curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.


At Holy Rood, we aim to deliver the National Curriculum aims for art and design to ensure that all our children:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques (such as textiles and collage)
  • 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.

Year 1 children were lucky to take part in an author event paint along session with the illustrator/author Emma Carlisle based on her book "What Do You See When You Look At a Tree"