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Art Key Skills Acquisition


Development Matters EYFS

(expressive arts and design: exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative)


NC art – pupils should be taught:

Year 1

Year 2

They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Talk to children about ways of finding out what they can do with different media and what happens.

To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

Investigate different materials and how they can be adapted, including experimenting with pleating, cutting and folding paper and thin card to understand the difference between 2D and 3D.


Explore a range of mediums and discover their range of effects when designing and making a product.

Investigate different methods of designing; including drawing and use of ICT


Decide on methods, materials and processes. Use a range of mediums to design products and decide on a preference.


Experiment with different types of materials to design and make products.

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.


They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

Share ideas about what art is and where it can be found

Work as part of a group to create a piece of work and also create art work independently.


Draw from imagination, observation and memory to design things, record observations, tell stories and express thoughts and feelings to others.

Observe different artists by having the opportunity of seeing real art and identifying possible inspiration behind the artist’s work.


Discover together how to use drawing as a precursor for other art word, including for example in a class sketch book.


Make individually and collaboratively, sharing ideas for design, technique and use of materials.


Provide resources for mixing colours, joining things together and combining materials, demonstrating where appropriate

To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Collage: find out how to make collage pictures for particular purposes by cutting, tearing and sticking varied papers and objects to a background.


Drawing 2D: create drawings (observational, imagination etc.) by understanding that they are made using lines to create shapes, patterns, textures and can be added to with dark and light tones.


Paint 2D: experiment with different marks, shapes and patterns that can be made with paint. Explore the effect of adding other materials to paint such as sand, glitter and PVA glue.


Textiles: investigate weaving with fabric on a card loom or using strips of paper, making choices about colours and textures. Experiment with plaiting and dip-dye.


3D: use junk materials and/or crumpled newspaper/carrier bags covered with layers of paper and PVA, adding decoration and colour to design and make a 3D object.

Collage: experiment with a range of materials and methods to create a variety. Identify how to cut shapes accurately from paper and thin card and cut different kinds of line.


Printing: understand that the purpose of printmaking is to create multiple images and patterns. Mimic print from the environment e.g. wallpapers.


Make mono prints by spreading paint. Experiment with a variety of objects to create print. Press, roll, rub and stamp to make prints.

Ict: experiment with digital media to use a wide range of tools to create different textures, lines and tones, colours and shapes.


3D Clay: make models in clay or other malleable materials for particular purposes. Discover how to join two pieces of clay so they won’t fall apart, by roughing both surfaces with a toothbrush. Learn how to roll an even slab of clay by using a rolling pin on top of two wooden batons.


Extend children’s experience and expand their imagination through provision of pictures, painting, poems, music, dance and story.

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.

Look at and talk about the work of artists who use different kinds of techniques including drawing, collage, use of ICT, etc. create a piece of art in the style of an artist.


Have opportunities to meet and work with professional artists.

Discuss and describe the work of notable artists, artisans and designers. Use some of the studied artists to create pictures in the style of their works, copying techniques to reproduce the art work.


Have opportunities to meet and work with professional artists.

Knowledge, skills and understanding

Drawing – Year 1

Painting – Year 1

Printing – Year 1

Textiles – Year 1

Can they communicate something about themselves in their drawing?


Can they create moods in their drawings?


Can they draw using pencil and crayons?


Can they draw lines of different shapes and thickness using 2 different grades of pencil?

Can they communicate something about themselves in their painting?


Can they create moods in their paintings?


Can they choose to use thick and thin brushes as appropriate?


Can they paint a picture of something they can see?


Can they name the primary and secondary colours?

Can they print with sponges, vegetables and fruit?


Can they print onto paper and textile?


Can they design their own printing block?


Can they create a repeating pattern?


Can they sort threads and fabrics?


Can they group fabrics and threads by colour and texture?


Can they weave with fabric and thread?

Drawing – Year 2

Painting – Year 2

Printing – Year 2

3d/textiles – Year 2

Can they use three different grades of pencil in their drawing (4B, 8B, HB)?


Can they use charcoal, pencils and pastels?


Can they create different tones using light and dark?


Can they show patterns and texture in their drawings?


Can they use a viewfinder to focus on a specific part of an artefact before drawing it?

Can they mix paint to create all the secondary colours?


Can they mix and match colours, predict outcomes?


Can they mix their own brown?


Can they make tints by adding white?


Can they make tones by adding black?

Can they create a print using pressing, rolling, rubbing and stamping?


Can they create a print like a designer?

Can they make a clay pot?


Can they join two finger pots together?


Can they add line and shape to their work?


Can they join fabric using glue?


Can they sew fabrics together?


Can they create part of a class patchwork?

Collage – Year 1

Use if IT – Year 1

Knowledge – Year 1

3D – Year 1

Can they cut and tear paper and card for their collages?


Can they gather and sort the materials they will need?

Can they use a simple painting programme to create a picture?


Can they use tools like fill and brushes in a painting package?


Can they go back and change their picture?

Can they describe what they can see and like in the work of another artist?


Can they ask sensible questions about a piece of art?

Can they add texture by using tools?


Can they make different kinds of shapes?


Can they cut, roll and coil material such as clay, dough or plasticine?

Collage – Year 2

Use of IT – Year 2

Knowledge – Year 2

Sketch books – Year 2

Can they create individual and group collages?


Can they use different kinds of materials on their collage and explain why they have chosen them?


Can they use repeated patterns in their collage?

Can they create a picture independently?


Can they use simple IT mark-making tools e.g. brush and pen tools?


Can they edit their own work?


Can they take different photographs of themselves displaying different moods?


Can they change their photographic images on a computer?

Can they link colours to natural and man-made objects?


Can they say how other artists have used colour, patterns and shape?


Can they create a piece of work in response to another artist’s work?

Can they begin to demonstrate their ideas through photographs and in their sketch book?


Can they set out their ideas using annotation in their sketch book?


Do they keep notes in their sketch book as to how they have changed their work?

What we will be doing this year...





Textured collages for Elmer or the Rainbow Fish

Bonfire night paintings


Colour mixing for the nights sky (large back drop for rockets to go on)

Puppets of people who help us


Chinese new year lanterns

Vegetable printing


Van Gogh sunflowers


Outdoor art – Andy Goldsworthy


Under the sea paintings

Hot air balloons


Collages inspired by Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion.


Year 1

Hot and cold colours

Van Gogh – starry night


Northern lights


LS Lowry and David Hockney



Year 2

Oil pastels – self portraits


Colour mixing – African landscapes


Tinga Tinga Art


Roy Lichtenstein – pop art badges


Seaside Art


Working with a range of materials – Iron Man pictures