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"Every child is an artist"

Pablo Picasso


‘Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.’

National Curriculum Art (2014)


At St. Edward’s we encourage our children to develop their creativity and imagination as they experiment with a range of different materials in their art lessons. Our pupils have the opportunity to sketch, draw and make to develop their skills of precision and manipulating materials for effect.


Through our curriculum we hope to give children a variety of exciting opportunities to express themselves through the medium of art and design. We teach children to be creative, challenge themselves and develop a passion for and understanding of art and design. We aim for the children to understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. As Pablo Picasso once said, “every child is an artist.” This is something we believe and nurture at St. Edward’s.


The curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • 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.


Key stage 2

Pupils are taught:

  • to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.


Take a look below at some of the wonderful artwork we have completed so far in our classes this year!


Budding artists at Saint Edward's


Mrs Bailey is always thrilled to see art work that children have created at home! Here are a few amazing pieces of art that J came to show me this week. I was even lucky enough to get to keep one of the pieces!

MP Steve McCabe's Christmas card competition 


Just before the holidays we were sent a lovely letter to say that one of our Year 5 pupils was runner up in in the competition to design a Christmas card for our MP Steve McCabe. The prize was tickets to somewhere very exciting!

Now Education Christmas Card Competition


All children in school were asked to take part in a competition run by 'Now Education' to create a design for their promotional Christmas card this year.

3 children from St Edwards were shortlisted: F in 6L, J in 4T and A in 1H.

Unfortunately, they did not make it through to the finals, but we are still very proud of them , and their amazing artwork. Mrs B has got a little prize for you anyway.smiley