Art and Design

Art and Design


 “We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents." Bob Ross

  “Creativity takes courage." ― Henri Matisse

 Through Art and Design, pupils at South Petherwin School are 'Learning today to change tomorrow' through  commitment of the whole school community to:

Strategies to support children in Art.pdf
Art and Design Policy.pdf
Art and Design Action Plan 2022.docx (2).pdf

Why is Art and Design important at South Petherwin?


At South Petherwin Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their own interests, thoughts and ideas. From Year 1 onwards, we have termly units in which the children are introduced to the work of a particular artist, study a specific painting or other work and identify techniques which have proved successful. Each child will have their own sketchbook to design, practise and develop their skills and artworks. This will evidence a progression of techniques throughout the school years. The final objective is never to attempt to produce an exact copy of the work we are looking at but we do practise details and effects from the original which the children can then begin to use in their own creative work. In this way, they can experiment with and improve their mastery of a wide range of media until they are themselves confident and independent artists while at the same time, learning about art history and making rich and powerful links to other areas of the curriculum.

At South Petherwin Primary School, we hope to foster and continually grow a love of Art and Design as the children progress through our school, giving all of our children the opportunities and skills needed to develop their understanding and techniques.

At South Petherwin Primary School, children have the opportunity to take part in a range of artistic activities.
We believe that it is really important to develop children’s creativity, imagination and improve their self-esteem. We do this through exploring famous artists, architects and designers, and developing skills in painting, drawing and sculpture.We support and use local artists to enthuse and inspire our children.We aim to give all children the confidence to express themselves through a range of mediums by having opportunities to experiment with different material and to practice art and design techniques. 

Useful links for Art and Design


The Artful Parent

You can access over 500 arts and crafts activities, including painting, sculptures and printmaking. This site gives you ideas of what Art supplies to provide for you child in order to create and make different things.

Art for Kids hub

You can watch step by step videos on how to draw different things, origami for children, how to paint, holiday and celebratory art projects and projects related to the Seasons. It also gives you a list of the resources you will need before completing each art project.

Land Art for Kids

A website which gives you ideas on how to collect natural resources to produce different forms of Art.

 Tate Kids-The Best Art Website for Kids

Children can follow instructions to make different things, play art games and quizzes and explore and read about the work of well-known artists.

 BBC Bitesize Art and Design

You can watch class clips on famous artists, techniques and how to create different things.

How can you encourage Art at home?


Get messy!

Try to get hold of as many different types of drawing and painting resources as you can to let your child get creative and explore creating art using different materials. Paints, chalk, crayons, pens, pencils, modelling clay and much more can be found in discount shops. Just don’t forget to put lots of newspaper down first!

 Use household objects creatively

Alternatively, instead of buying materials, let them get creative using things around the house – for example, pasta and pulses to create pictures using glue.

Keep a sketch book

Encourage your child to keep a sketch book. Suggest that they take it with them when they go out so that they can look for things to sketch – a tree, a building, a scene. Alternatively, if they see something they would like to draw, take a photo on your phone and let them sketch from it when they are home.

Celebrate your child's art

Praise your child’s creations and encourage them not to get disheartened if they feel they have made ‘mistakes’. Explain that art is about being creative and trying out different things. There is no right or wrong way to do things. You could even ‘frame’ their work using coloured paper or card and create a little gallery on the kitchen wall or in their bedroom to display their work.

 Discuss and enjoy art together

Find out about local art galleries or museums that you can visit with your child. Encourage them to talk about what they see and to share their opinions – about subject matter, colours, what materials the artist used, and so on.