Art & Design


‘Engage, inspire, challenge pupils – equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.’ (National Curriculum)

We aim to enrich the lives of individual pupils and promote their personal, creative, intellectual and social growth. We aim to provide a balance of drawing, painting, 3D, collage, printing and fabric to stimulate a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of the visual arts. At Crowan School we ensure this balance and skills progression through the use of the Scottish Borders Programme of Study. 

Children engage in activities which enable them to be creative and responsive to the visual world. Through opportunities in Art & Design children will be able to realise their full artistic potential.

Cornwall has historically been a magnet for artists and today creative industries in Cornwall employ many people. At Crowan School our Art Curriculum is designed to develop and nurture children’s interest in this subject and to promote not only the wider international and historical canon of art, but also recognise the current and local contemporary art scene. 



The Art and Design curriculum will ensure that the art skills, as identified in Scottish Borders Scheme, are taught to each year group, ensuring progression. 

Children will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and will experience other art, craft and design techniques such as collage, printing and fabric.  

To ensure that children learn about the range of artists, craft makers and designers the Crowan art curriculum identifies key examples of artists and artwork for children to reference and make links to their own work. 



The impact of this broad and balanced art curriculum will be children who can demonstrate a range of artistic skills and reference artists who have influenced their work. Our focus on skills will ensure that the curriculum is not ‘end product’ driven but, moreover, celebrates technique, experimentation, creativity and inventiveness. 


Our Aims and Objectives:

  •  To enable children to record from first-hand experience and imagination
  •  For children to select their own ideas to use in their work
  •  To develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities
  •  To encourage children to evaluate their own work and that of others
  •  To improve the children‛s ability to control materials, tools and techniques
  •  To increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures
  •  To develop increasing confidence in the use of visual arts and tactile elements and materials
  •  To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.

At Crowan Primary we believe Art and Design is important because:

  • it gives pupils the chance to express ideas and feelings in visual form
  • artistic observation heightens perception
  • knowledge of the work of a range of artists, craftspeople and designers contributes to cultural understanding
  • we recognise that Art and Design is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum

Our principal aim is to develop the children‛s knowledge, skills and understanding in Art and Design. We ensure that the act of investigating and making something includes exploring and developing ideas, and evaluating and developing work. We do this best through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities.

Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children. They encourage children to evaluate their own ideas and methods, the work of others and what they think and feel about them. We give the children the opportunity within lessons to work on their own, and collaborate with others, on projects in two and three dimensions, and on different scales. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT. We recognise the fact that we have children of differing ability in all our classes, and so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.

We achieve this through a range of strategies:

  • setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of responses
  • grouping children by ability and setting different tasks for each group
  • providing a range of challenges with different resources using additional adults to support the work of individual children or small groups.

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