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Art at Ashbourne Primary School promotes creativity, a love of self expression and collaborative participation.

Our work is underpinned by our vision and aims: ‘Nurturing aspiration through happy, creative learning’. Our PRAISE aims are at the heart of every lesson and our focus on the removal of barriers to learning is firmly embedded into all areas of the Art curriculum.

At Ashbourne Primary School children will progressively learn the skills to be able to expressive themselves creatively in personal projects. They will take part in whole-school collaborative projects, where each child participates in producing artwork with a common theme, and learn about great artists and designers. Children are encouraged to have a greater ownership over the appearance of common areas by contributing to the design and creation of displays. An annual art week gives further wonderful opportunities for building knowledge and practising skills.

Art & Design Scheme of Work

Art Week 2021

During the Summer Term, all pupils at Ashbourne Primary took part in Art week! Each year group focused on a particular artist or theme which all of their work centred around; for example, Edvard Munch, William Morris and Katsushika Hokusai.

Reception – Piet Modrian

Reception’s Art Week work was inspired by Piet Modrian and everyone’s favourite elephant, Elmer! They began by exploring different colours to create their own versions of Elmer.

Next the children explored the work of Piet Mondrian, and thought about how they could use similar colours in their own Elmer art work.

After this, they created their own individual Mondrian-inspired paper plate art work, focusing on the use of either Mondrian primary colours…

…or their own, Elmer-inspired mixed colours!

Finally, they created a collaborative Elmer canvas which showcased what they had learnt about Mondrian by using his signature primary colours.

Year 1 and 2 – Edvard Munch, Piet Modrian and Vincent Van Gogh

Year 1 and 2 explored the expressionist art work of Edvard Munch and Vincent Van Gogh, with Year 2 also exploring Piet Modrian. First they created their own versions of ‘The Scream’ using pastels. This built on skills they had developed earlier in the year.

Year 2 also created stained glass windows in the Mondrian style, exploring colours that they had used in their ‘The Scream’ pastel work.

They also combined the work of Munch and Mondrian to create individual paintings.

Finally, they worked together to create a collaborative and combined art canvas inspired by both Munch and Van Gogh.

They created the background using techniques and colours inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’.

Then, in the foreground they added portraiture details inspired by Munch’s ‘The Scream’.

Year 3 – Henri Rousseau

For Art Week, Year 3 were inspired by Henri Rousseau’s artwork, particularly ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’. First they began by annotating and evaluating his paintings.

Next, they used the viewfinders to focus on sketching skills and looking carefully at details in the picture.

The children explored colour mixing, to help them produce the colours they would need for their own art work.

Next they created their own individual Tiger artworks, inspired by Henri Rousseau and focusing on the detail of the foliage in the picture.

Finally, they collaborated to produce their class canvas, inspired by Rousseau’s Tiger in a Tropical Storm.

Year 4 – Cubism

Year 4 have been inspired by Cubism for their art work during Art Week. They began by looking at examples of Cubist art and then they practised their sketching skills.

The children were then given a photo of Mr Clark to sketch in the Cubist style!

Finally, they added colour, inspired by the Cubist pieces of art that they had looked at.

Year 5 – David Hockney and Katsushika Hokusai

Year 5 focused on David Hockey’s abstract landscapes, and then looked at Hokusai’s The Wave.

They practised sketching skills using pencil and explored colour using watercolour paints.

Using the skills they had learnt, they then worked on blending colours to create their own abstract land or seascape, working collaboratively.

They finally created their own piece of art on canvas, inspired by the artists and skills they had studied.

Year 6 – William Morris

Year 6 have been working towards a William Morris inspired art installation. The children learnt about the life of William Morris and the techniques he used to create his most famous designs.

They explored his patterns and thought about the things which inspired and influenced his designs.

They then used the technique of printing (using polystyrene) to create a tablecloth, chair covers and wallpapers!

They worked with acrylic and fabric paint.

Finally, they used their finished pieces to create the William Morris inspired art installation piece!

Other examples of Art throughout the Curriculum at APS

Art through Maths

As part of our whole school Creativity topic, the children were tasked with producing a piece of artwork based around tessellation of shapes. I think you will agree they are pretty cool!

Art through Literacy

The children at APS love to show their creativity through other areas of the curriculum, and there is often opportunity to explore art through the texts we have been exploring in Literacy. Below are some artworks based on ‘The Windmill Farmer’, ‘Ice Trap! Shakleton’s Incredible Expedition’, ‘The Harmonica’ and even inspired by Ben and Jerry’s ice cream!

Art through RE

As part of one of their RE topics, children explored the question ‘Is it better to express your beliefs through art and architecture or through charity and generosity?’. As part of this, they created their own stained glass window art works exploring the techniques of colouring and line drawing. The finished pieces are really impressive!

Art through History

As part of their Victorians topic, the children read the story of ‘One Silver Bullet’.

They produced a variety of pencil sketches of werewolves using various sketching and shading techniques. Once these were finished, they used fineliner pens to complete their artwork.

Year 3 have been exploring art with their history topic, exploring the designs of Egyptian headdresses and creating their own Egyptian portraits, adding colour using water colours.

Art through Geography

The children have also been exploring art within their Geography and Diversity topics. For example, these children have been finding out about India and have used the Taj Mahal as a focus. Here they are using viewfinders to zoom in on particular areas of design to practise their sketching skills.

They have also explored pattern and design through learning about Rangoli and Mehndi patterns.

The children used the skills they have been developing to create a cardboard tile which they then used for block printing.

They used their tiles with different coloured paints to create some fabulous designs.

Their excellent finished prints!

Art inspired by famous artists

We have been using the work of other artists to inspire us in other areas of the art curriculum, as well as during Art week.

Pop Art based on Andy Warhol



Art techniques we have been exploring

As well as getting creative across the curriculum and being inspired by a variety of themes and artists, we have used these as a basis to explore specific skills which will help us throughout all of our art lessons and which help us build up our art skills over time across the school.

For example, in KS1 we have been learning to identify primary colours and then mix these to make secondary colours. We have placed colours on colour wheels, and thoughout about how colour can be used to express different feelings and emotions. We have also explored how colour is used across the world, for example looking at Tingatinga artwork from Africa and creating our own Tingatinga inspired artwork!

In lower KS2 we have developed on the skills we learnt in KS1 by exploring how colour can be blended using watercolour paints to create a wash. These skills were then applied to our own watercolour paint creations.

In upper KS2 we have been getting creative using fineliners in order to develop our shading techniques. These skills are really important if you decide to move away from colour, as you can still add loads of detail to your pictures.