Art Leader - Mrs Cooke

Art at Newton Hill 

At Newton Hill Community School we provide a rich environment in which we encourage and value creativity.  Art is a hands-on activity that needs the teacher to be directly involved with the children in the lesson; to set the task, impart knowledge, to lead activities, to monitor and develop the children’s progress, to encourage development and to ensure that each child reaches an appropriate standard.

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

- 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.


The six techniques that children study are:

  1. Drawing.
  2. Painting
  3. Printing
  4. Collage/textiles
  5. Sculpture
  6. Digital

Within these areas children explore colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space when practising these fundamental elements, developing their creativity and mastery of the techniques.



Pupils are taught:

  • To explore different materials freely, in order to develop their ideas about how to use them and what to make.
  • To develop their own ideas and join different materials and explore different textures.
  • Create collaboratively sharing ideas, resources and skills.
  • Explore colour and colour mixing.


Key Stage 1

Pupils are 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
  • Learn 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 are 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.

Our pupils are 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