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Art and Design

Arts Mark Award

Heartwood is delighted to be working towards the Arts Mark award to enrich the Art experiences for our children and build strong links with the wider community through the Arts. 

Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that is why our goal for every is for child and young person to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley

Chief Executive - Arts Council England


It is vital that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhood.

Michael Ellis MP

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism 

Department of Arts, Media and Sport

 The Studio

 At Heartwood Art and Design and D.T are important subjects, We have a brand new Art and Design studio which is well equipped with art materials and a kitchen. We have an art teacher who delivers art sessions to the children in there. 

Year 2 have been the first visitors to The Studio this term. We have been learning about the work of Gustav Klimt. A French artist called Anne-Marie Zilberman was inspired by his amazing work and created a painting called 'Golden Tears', also known as 'Freya's Tears'. She used gold leaf to embellish the art.

We used 'Golden Tears' to influence our own artwork and recreated the beautiful painting. We used watercolour paints along with collage in gold tones, which we then embellished with gold leaf and glitter!

The National Curriculum 


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Giving children opportunities to be imaginative, explore different materials and develop their ideas is an important part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, mainly within the 'expressive art and design' area of learning. Children are encouraged to practise their handling, moving and control skills (for example, by painting or using clay). Materials should be accessible for children to develop and explore their ideas and to be imaginative.

Key stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

The content of art and design teaching and learning is set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Pupils should be given opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products through drawing, painting and sculpture. They explore different techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Another important aspect of the art and design curriculum is learning 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 (Years 3 to 6)

The content of the art and design curriculum in Key Stage 2 builds on what children have learned in Key Stage 1. Children should develop and improve their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture using a range of different materials. They are expected to create sketch books to record their learning and to use them to review and revisit ideas. They continue to learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Reception art collaboration!


Look at this beautiful piece of collaborative art, created by Rabbit Class. Children worked together to use different techniques and media. The canvas has been proudly placed on the wall in the classroom!

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