Approach to Art & Design

Art and Design teaching is based upon developing skills and techniques within the areas of drawing, painting and sculpture.

All skills are progressive and an age appropriate focus is placed on colour, pattern, texture, line, tone, shape and form.

The skill areas are taught individually and through a multi-skilled approach. Within these skill areas, work from artists, local and national are used to illustrate different techniques and approaches.

All classes undertake a balanced programme of art and design, which clearly builds on previous experience and takes account of earlier achievements.

At Salterlee, most of our units of work follow the same structure:


  1. Exploring and Developing ideas: Pupils have the opportunity to investigate work of a wide range of culturally diverse artists. They investigate and experiment with artistic processes and the purposes of Art.
  2. Investigating and Making: Pupils have the opportunity to master techniques and develop relevant key skills
  3. Evaluating and Developing: Pupils put into practice what they have learnt to create a ‘final piece’ of art work.


Long Term Planning ensures all pupils receive a balanced art curriculum in the 3 areas: drawing, painting and sculpture. Opportunities to use a wide range of media is also ensured and that pupils have the opportunity to re-visit and develop key skills in a range of areas.