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Being an Artist

"Every child is an artist..." Pablo Picasso

Lead Artist: Gareth Jones


Our intent at CCI is to ensure that every child is able to see themselves as an artist and express their ideas, feelings and emotions through art and design. 'Being an artist' is integrated into our curriculum through Curious-city - An enquiry-led, local learning approach to the National Curriculum 2014. Through this approach, we aim to promote creative thinking and 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 in a variety of different media. Through the different enquiries, the children will be encouraged to be artists rather than simply be taught art.



The national 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.




Through a range of specifically designed cross-curricular enquires, learners are supported and challenged to work independently to prove their understanding of the key concepts associated with being an artist from their individual starting point. This is achieved through well-structured, progressive year group planning that covers the six main areas of art and design; Drawing, Painting, Sculpture (3D), Print, Collage and Textiles. This will be taught in a sequence of experiences that may be one lesson a week but is more likely to be spread throughout an enquiry. Through these experiences, The work of a diverse range of inspiring local, national and international artists and designers are explored to enhance the children's learning and expose them to the very best of what has been said and done in relation to art and design. The children's learning is further enhanced with whole school design events where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working with other children from across the school.



Where does 'Being an Artist' feature in our CCI Enquiries?


Art Progression of Skills



Art is planned carefully to ensure progression of skills and knowledge throughout the school. We assess the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Work in challenge books
  • Work displayed in enquiry floor books.
  • Photographs and videos of children’s work
  • Displays of children's work
  • Children’s voice surveys
  • Thorough planning that has clear WALT’s and skills being taught
  • Planning scrutiny
  • Specific subject assessments every other term
  • Subject knowledge quizzes


When do we assess and how is the data used?

We use teacher judgement to assess at the end of each enquiry, where the main state or supporting state of being is an artist, how well a child has mastered the objectives that have been covered. This information is recorded and added to our assessment system three times a year. This information is also used to  monitor subject coverage and plan next steps. We feedback to parent and carers about their child as an artist in a written report three times a year.



Photos of our artists and artwork: