“Art helps us see connections and brings a more coherent meaning to our world.”

Ernest Boyer, Carnegie Federation


At Parkside, Art and creativity is hugely important. We ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to access high quality art experiences through a broad, balanced and progressive curriculum.

The Art curriculum engages, inspires and challenges pupils. It enables them to develop their knowledge and skills through experimentation, invention and creating their own works of art, craft and design. We aim to nurture a lifelong love of art and creativity, where pupils can see its significance in self-expression and how it has the power to encourage pupils to look in a variety of ways at the culture and the world around them.

Pupils will:

Create their own works of art and know about great artists and art styles

Become proficient in drawing, painting, printing, clay, collage and sculpture.

Explore ideas, experiment, invent, think critically, record experiences, revisiting and enhancing skills.

At Parkside, our Art curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils, whilst ensuring the National Curriculum objectives are met.

We achieve this through:
Following a whole school curriculum – This covers a range of styles, artists and genre which shows progression through the years. Our KPIs and curriculum build with complexity over time (skills, tasks, vocabulary).

Lessons are adapted to meet the needs of our learners.

Curriculum Design – Art is taught weekly, throughout the academic year for each year group; tasks and techniques build in complexity from Year 5 through to Year 8.

High quality lessons - Schemes of work are inspiring and draw on a range of knowledge and skills: drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, clay making and 3D sculpture.

A broad subject matter - Pupils will be taught about the work of a range of artists, craft makers, designers and architects, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Cross Curricular Links – It is important that children explore a full and balanced curriculum, and that links can be made across different subject areas.

Showing progression - All pupils use sketchbooks throughout the key stages and the planned activities. They record their observations, modify and adapt techniques. They explore process, techniques and this allows pupils to think critically and evaluate.

We monitor work and record data regularly (through marking, book trawls, learning walks, professional conversations with pupils and staff)

Spire Trust Learning Partnership – We collaborate as a professional body to ensure consistent high standards and share best practice.

Arts Council – Regional Art Council interaction.

Pupil Voice - pupil voice is always important and informs the design of their curriculum.

Celebrating art - At Parkside we celebrate and value the work that goes in to producing great art. Classroom and gallery displays reflect the pupil’s sense of pride in their artwork, along with enrichment days, art competitions and end of year show.

Exhibitions and collaborations: We have worked with a selection of independent artists in the past. We work with other middle and feeder schools on collaborative artworks. We also exhibit work every year in the Worcester Cathedral Voices and Visions Show.

Year 5

Throughout the Art curriculum pupils will explore a broad variety of genres, materials, artists and techniques. They will develop their practical skills and enjoy an exciting and challenging curriculum.

Art in Year 5 Comprises of three Projects:

Autumn: ‘Mysterious Monsters’

Pupils are introduced to the artists Francois Thango & Max Ernst – opening their imaginations to the idea of mystical creatures!

Pupils explore a combination of animals, observational drawings, colour theory and designing their own mystical dragon head/mask.

Mysterious Monsters
Impressionist Art

Spring: Impressionist Art

Introduction to the history of the Impressionists and their style.

The project includes: Research and exploration into the inspiration and time period of the impressionists; Knowledge and skills: Colour theory, watercolour paint techniques, wax resist, pastel and perspective.

Pupils create a variety of impressionist patterns and paintings; they will enjoy exploring and combining mixed media. Their final painting will reference the industrial revolution, perspective drawing and works by the artist Claude Monet.

Summer: Clay Making

Pupils will explore the variety of clay techniques presented by modern and traditional ceramicists. They will consider designing for purpose and aesthetics, exploring a variety of modern ceramicists. Pupils will then consider and explore clay workings techniques (Rolling, coiling, joining etc).

Clay making

Year 6

Art in Year 6 comprises of three projects:

Autumn: ‘Into the Jungle’

Pupils will be exploring the work of Henri Rousseau - Art inspired by the rainforests and jungles.

They will produce observational drawing of plants, leaves, flowers and animals typically found in the jungle (Henri Rousseau of course never actually travelled anywhere exotic! It's all based upon his imagination).

Pupils to explore colour theory. Texture, tone and hue. They will broaden their geographical knowledge, building upon their Geography lessons in which they study biomes and climate.

Into the jungle
Barmy Buildings

Spring: ‘Barmy Buildings'

Exploring the art and architecture of Friedrich Hundertwasser. A Painter, architect, ecologist and a visionary.

Pupils will explore his Art style and the deeper meanings behind it. Inspired by nature, they consider the impact of his ideas around beauty and sustainability. Pupils produce several designs based upon their appreciation for his style, creating a colourful clay tile.

Summer: Op Art

Optical Art is a mathematically-themed form of Abstract art. An impression of movement on the picture surface by means of optical illusion. Pupils explore the work of Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely. We create patterns and Optical illusions of our own, finishing with a cuboid and a mono print.

op art

Year 7

Art in Year 7 comprises of three main projects:

Autumn: ‘The Weird & Wonderful’

An investigation into Contemporary British Art.

Exploring the world of British modern artists and the Turner Prize. Experimenting with graffiti and wire sculpture. We look at the deeper meanings behind artwork using design, perspective drawing and constructing models/clay. Artists: Damien Hirst, Marcell Du champ, Anthony Gormley.

The Weird & Wonderful

Spring: ‘Portraiture'

Pupils study artists throughout history, using observational drawing skills and producing portraits using a range of key art skills and techniques such as Fauvism and distortion. Compositions by historical and modern artists, use of artistic elements, drawing skills, proportion and mixed media.

Summer: Pop Art & Modern Culture

Pupils will be encouraged to create their own investigations of the Pop Art era. Looking at popular culture then and now. The project comprises of Playful and open-ended research, exploration of popular culture; decorative, colour, imagery, team working, paper sculpture and painting.

Pop Art & Modern Culture

Year 8

In Year 8 the Art carousel consists of three critical, cultural & contextual projects exploring; observational drawing, symmetry, portraiture, print making and painting.

Autumn: The Art & Craft of Mexico – ‘El Dias de los Muertos’

Culturally informed artwork. Use of artistic elements, drawing skills, composition and mixed media design. Pupils choose from a variety of Mexican Art styles and festivals to inform their artwork. Cardboard/Clay/Press Print.

The Art & Craft of Mexico – ‘El Dias de los Muertos’
Surrealism & exploring pupils' own imagination

Spring: Surrealism & exploring pupils' own imagination

Still life, tonal painting, mixed media and Imagination. Art as a device to express deeper meanings and to encourage pupils to show independence, imagination, ownership and creativity.

Summer: Transition project: Identity

A transitional project aimed at building upon pupils' own strengths and successes’.

This incorporates typography, Zentangle, image enlargement, portraiture, drawing skills and collage. Open-ended research, exploration, drawing, graffiti and pattern.

Transition project Identity