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Painting including printing



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.


Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use  painting 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  and space.
  • about the work of a range of artists describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


Key stage 2

Pupils should be 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.

Pupils should be 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 painting with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists in history.

Year 1

Self Portraits

Famous Artist Study - Wassily Kadinsky

*Extend the variety of drawings tools

* Explore different textures 

*Observe patterns

Observe and draw landscapes

*Observe anatomy (faces, limbs)

Year 2

Self Portraits

Famous Artist Study - Kehinde Wiley

* Experiment with tools and surfaces

* Draw a way of recording experiences and feelings

* Discuss use of shadows, use of light and dark

* Sketch to make quick records

*Closely observe anatomy (faces/facial features)


Year 3

Self Portraits

Famous Artist Study - Seurat

* Experiment with the potential of various pencils

* Close observation

* Initial sketches as a preparation for painting

*Accurate drawings of people – particularly faces

Year 4

Self Portraits

Famous Artist Study - Vincent Van Gough

*Identify and draw the effect of light

*Scale and proportion

* Work on a variety of scales

* Computer generated drawings

* Accurate drawings of whole people including proportion and placement

Year 5

Self Portraits

Famous Artist Study - Leonardo da Vinci

*Understand the effect of light on objects and people from different directions

* Interpret the texture of a surface

*Understand the  concept of perspective

* Produce increasingly accurate drawings/sketches of people

Year 6

Self Portraits

Famous Artist Study- Frida Kahlo

* Understand and use the effect of light on objects and people from different directions

* Interpret the texture of a surface with increasing accuracy

* Understand the concept of perspective and be able to explain this

* Produce increasingly accurate drawings of people and human forms