“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.” Mary Lou Cook

 “Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.” Harvey Fierstein


At Upper Beeding Primary School, we place a high value on Art as one of the highest forms of human creativity. We recognise that Art should engage, inspire and challenge pupils whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Through teaching and learning about great artists and designers, and the works they have created, our pupils will know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation and the world in which they live.

We value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.  Art and Design provides the children with opportunities to develop and extend techniques and an opportunity to express their individual interest, thoughts and ideas.

Through our art and design lessons we aim for the children to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts.  We thrive to stimulate imagination, enjoyment and creativity; involving children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences, which enable them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the elements of colour, texture, form and pattern. 

Art and design promotes careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us. Children explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. 



To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and design is taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning. 

The children's learning is further enhanced with a whole school arts week in the summer term where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.

You may have noticed the amazing carousel horses when you visit the school. Have a look at the video below to see how they were made and some of the other activities the children enjoyed during "The Big Draw Week".