Art Vision

At Gilbert Scott the art and design curriculum lays foundation skills, knowledge and aspirations to become artists, designers, architects, illustrators, art therapists, make-up artists and photographers. We place a great emphasis on the importance of Art and Design to ensure children have the opportunity to develop and extend their skills, whilst expressing their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. Our vision is to creatively explore ideas through exploration and experimentation using a curriculum to engage, inspire and challenge.

Art Intent

Our intent is to deliver a high-quality art and design curriculum that engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. They will think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will also know how art and design both reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture and creativity of our changing world.

Our Artists, Craft Makers and Designers


Children will communicate what they see, think and feel about art using a range of artistic vocabulary.

Children will talk about different kinds of art they like and don’t like, and be enthusiastic about sharing different perspectives on life through art. They will discuss and evaluate their own work and then make changes to their creative pieces.

Knowledge / Understanding

Children will develop an awareness of the visual and tactile elements including colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space.

Children will understand the role and purpose of art and design in different times and cultures.

Children will learn about themselves as artists and discuss the work of other artists, designers and architects, whose work they use to inspire their own. This includes artists from the local area.


Children will use sketchbooks to develop and progress their creative skills, whilst developing a variety of artistic techniques through using a wide variety of art materials.

Children will build on art techniques that progress from Nursery through the Year 6.

Children will develop their artistic skills in 6 key areas: drawing, painting, collage, 3D form, print and textiles, exploring the use of colour, shape and texture in art


Children will instil an appreciation and enjoyment in art and design as a means of being able to express their thoughts and ideas.

Children will understand how art has influenced the past and continues to influence the present.


Children will visit museums, art galleries and visit local street art.

Children will experience their artwork being part of a gallery.