The subject lead for Art and Design at Darwen St James is Miss Sanders

The whole school covers Drawing in the Autumn term.

EYFS - Reception

Reception Class have been exploring their creative environment. They have loved the play dough area.

As we have been learning about houses and homes, some of the children have drawn who lives in their home.



Year 1 

Our first topic in Year 1 is ‘Drawing’.  We have explored different mark making tools such as charcoal, pastels and pencils.  This week we make our own mark making tools using things from nature.  We used twigs, leaves, conkers and their shells.  We used masking tape to put our mark making tool together.


Year 2 are currently working on Design and Technology.


Year 3

In our first lesson we looked at the artist Vincent Van Gogh. We looked after some of his pieces. He was a very talented man. We then looked at how he created his artwork looking at different pencil strokes. In the next lesson we used these pencil strokes to explore different ways of shading. We all particul;ary loved the cross hatch technique. In another  lesson we listened to a really cool poem about a Hippocrump. We had no idea what this creature was but we used clues from the poem to draw what we thought it would look like. Some looked really scary!


Year 4

In Year 4 we have been developing our skill of drawing. We enjoyed making marks while responding to a story about Jeffrey the Maggot. 

Here is a part of the story - ‘When Jeffrey woke up, he didn’t know where he was! There were large spikes on both sides of hundreds of zigzag branches, some were thick spikes and some were thin spikes. Each branch was covered in spikes.’

We moved around the tables in the classroom to use different mark makers. We used graphite crayons, oil pastels, sketching pencils, charcoal and wax crayons to make our marks.


Year 5

In year 5 we began looking at the work of Hundertwasser. His art uses patterns and wavy lines to mirror the unevenness of the world around us- he hated the use of straight lines! The children have used viewfinders to focus on aspects of his work and replicate them. We have then enlarged them before using a layering technique with acetate to transfer the designs.


Year 6

Years 1,3 and 5 look at printmaking.

Years 2,4 and 6 look at 3D Sculpture

Years 1,3 and 5 look at textiles.

Years 2,4 and 6 make collages.

The whole school look at painting on a whole school Painting Day!

Year 6 have been looking at tone

Year 5 have been looking at Hundertwasser

Year 4 have been looking at Kandinky

Year 3 have been making lace patterns

Year 2 have been listening to and responding to music

Year 1 have made their own mark makers

Reception Class have been learning new skills

The subject lead for Art and Design at Darwen St James is Miss Sanders.

Art and Design Curriculum

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