“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.”

Quentin Blake

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

Scott Adams

Helping Each Child to Flourish

Studying and creating art can be exciting, challenging, intriguing, inspiring, absorbing, calming and fun! At Heworth CE Primary School, our aim is that our Art curriculum offers all of these things. Our children will be given opportunities to study and recreate the styles of a wide range of artists, but also to experiment and find their own style. We want to give each child a passion for art and an appreciation of painting and sculpture, print making, collage and traditional and modern textiles. We give our children opportunities to visit galleries and encourage them to evaluate what they have seen and felt. Our children learn to understand how artists can convey powerful statements through their work and how this can influence others. They also learn that they can do this too. We want our children to be able to have the courage to say what they like and why, to be creative and try things out, to have a go at new techniques and styles, to persevere when they find something challenging and to delight in their achievements.

What art and design looks like at Heworth CE Primary School?

  • Excited and engaged children, learning and developing new skills
  • Children studying and being influenced by varied and diverse art from different eras around the world
  • Children creating both two and three dimensional art work in a variety of mediums
  • Children making statements about themselves and the wider world, through their work
  • Children exploring cross-curricular topics further and in more depth through their art
  • Key Stage 1 children enthusiastically experimenting with materials and styles for the first time
  • Key Stage 2 children developing ideas, practising skills and experimenting in sketchbooks
  • Creative and individual art, celebrated through exhibitions, displays and on school social media

How do our values shine through in art and design?


Our children are encouraged to have a go and trust that their peers will appreciate their efforts and give positive and compassionate feedback.


Our children learn that an artist’s skills improve through practise and perseverance, as will their own.


Our children learn about artists, their lives, influences and passions and this helps them to empathise with others who have produced their work during challenging times in different places.

How do children flourish in art and design at Heworth CE Primary School?

  • Our children delight in their creativity as they explore and experiment in expressing themselves and their ideas.
  • As they make steady progress, our children will grow in confidence and take pride in their developing technical understanding and practical abilities. 
  • By studying artists and designers, our children learn more about the power and purposes of art. They learn to appreciate the full spectrum of human creativity, from all cultures over the centuries and this helps them to develop their understanding of the world in which they are growing up in.
  • Encouraged and inspired by the art they have learned about at Heworth CE Primary School, some children will choose further studies in the subject