St James Catholic

Primary School

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Art Intent


At St James’ we have created a high-quality art and design curriculum, which engages, inspires and challenges pupils. From an early age children are exposed the works of art of great artists, architects, sculptors and printmakers. They have planned opportunities to analyse great works of art and are taught artistic techniques to master skills of sketching, painting, sculpting and printing. Children are encouraged to take up the role of knowledgeable and discerning critics of their work and the work of others leading them to develop skills of reviewing, refining, improving and evaluating- strengthening their understanding and appreciation of art.

Knowing artists and their great works of art contributes considerably to children developing cultural capital. It is with this in mind that we built an art curriculum based on the world’s greatest artists, architects, sculptors and printmakers. The artists and works of art chosen give the children a significant insight into that period of history and reinforce their learning in history and geography promoting knowledge retention and deeper learning. During KS1, children study ancient Egyptian art, 15-century murals and tapestries and early Christian and medieval art supporting their study of Egyptians, Anglo Saxons and Vikings. In KS2, children study the monuments of ancient Rome and Byzantium, African and Chinese art and Victorian architecture to deepen their knowledge of history and geography units already studied.

A good understanding of art grows out of three modes of knowledge, creative, historical and analytical. The art curriculum embraces all three modes with a special emphasis on creativity and active participation.



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 1

Elements of Art-Colour

Artists: Van Gogh, Bruegel, Hockney.

Colour and Shape Artists: Kandinsky, Monet, Klee, Picasso, Calder

Elements of Art -Line Artists: Klee, Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Moore, Hokusai

Elements of Art-Light Artists: Caravaggio, Vermee

Language of Art- Style (Rococo)

 Artists/Designers: Stubbs, Munch, Watteau, Chippendale, Van Doesburg, Breuer, Mondrian, Delaunay, Pollock, Rothko, Kandinsky

Art in the Italian Renaissance

Artists: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli

Autumn 2

Elements of Art-Line

Artists: Rembrandt, Miro, Klee.

Colour, Shape and Texture:

Artists: Matisse, Durer, Jan Van Eyck

Still Life and Form Artists: Warhol, Morandi, Stubbs, Cezanne

Elements of Art- Space

Artists: Matisse, Millet, Bruegel, Turner

Islamic Art and Architecture

The Dome of the Rock, The Alhambra, The Taj Mahal

Renaissance Architecture and Sculpture

Artists and architecture Donatello, Michelangelo, Il Duomo, Palazzo Pitti, Basilica of St Peter’s, Villa Farnesina


Spring 1

Types of Art-Architecture and Sculpture

Artists: Degas, Wren, Barry

Portraits and Self-Portraits

Artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein, Hogarth, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Kahlo, Picasso

Landscape and Symmetry

Artists, Constable, Turner, Rousseau, Leonardo da Vinci, Hobbema, Goldsworthy

Monuments of Ancient Rome Monuments: The Pantheon, Colosseum, Trajan’s Column

African Art

Antelope headdresses of Mali, sculptures by Yoruba artists in the city of Ife, ivory carvings from Ife and Benin, bronze sculptures and panels from Benin

Victorian Art and Architecture

Architects/Architecture: Pugin, Barry – The Houses of Parliament

Spring 2

Language of Art Artists: Seurat, Van Gogh, Tintoretto, Uccello, Moreau

Art of Ancient Egypt: Art

The Great Sphinx, Bust of Nefertiti, Tutankhamun’s death mask, Book of the Dead

Mythological Paintings

Artists: Picasso, Caravaggio Antonio del Pollaiuolo

Monuments of Ancient Byzantium: Monuments: Hagia Sofia, Basilica of San Vitale – Ravenna, icons

The Art of the East- China

Silk scrolls, calligraphy, brush writing and painting, porcelain, jade carving for statues and for jewellery.

William Morris

Artist/Designer: William Morris – a detailed study



Paintings of Children

Artists: Hogarth, Bruegel Sargent, Hockney

Murals and Tapestries

Artists: Michelangelo, Rego, Leonardo da Vinci, The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries

Architecture: Architects/Architecture Parthenon (Ictinus, Callicrates), St Paul’s Cathedral (Wren), Sagrada Familia (Gaudi), Grand Stupa

Elements of Art: Design

 Artists: Matisse, Munch

Prints and Print Making 1:

Artists: Durer, Rembrandt, Diebenkorn, Warhol

Impressionism and Post Impressionism

Artists: Wilkie, Renoir, Monet, Sicker



Investigating Sculpture

 Artists: Le Sueur, Degas, Gormley, Hepworth,

Early Christian and Medieval Art in England

Art: Sutton Hoo treasures, Lindisfarne Gospels, Bayeux Tapestry

Modern Architecture: Architects/Architecture: Guggenheim Museum (Gehry), Scottish Parliament building (Miralles), Millau Viaduct (Foster), Serpentine Pavilion

Types of Art: Needlework, Embroidery and Weaving Designers/Artists: Farrer, Hartnell – Coronation robes, Duchess of Cambridge wedding dress, Raphael

Take one Picture

National Gallery Project

Take one Picture

National Gallery Project