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Art and Design  at Southmead


                      VISION STATEMENT


Every child is an artist – some just don’t realise it.  Our job is to remove the inhibitions and fear that builds up as children grow and keep them in tune with the creativity they are born with. We get every child to experiment, create, fail, succeed and get their hands dirty. Above all we enable them to express themselves while they experience the joy of working together, and the beauty of colour, form, light and materials.


We aim for our children to learn that achievement is a result of effort, and through making the children understand that they perhaps ‘can’t do it -  YET’, we build self-esteem, resilience, and an understanding that curiosity, imagination, and questioning can be really enjoyable at the same time as thought-provoking and relaxing.


Design affects every aspect of our lives.  We give our children awareness of how design impacts the world as well as all the career opportunities it offers. Art and design teaches children about the work of artists, craftspeople, designers, and architects from around the world.  Children learn the vocabulary of Art and design, and they experience a broad range of disciplines. They learn to appreciate the creativity of others by fostering a sense of equality and celebrating effort. At Southmead, we constantly highlight the links to all other subjects, for example history, religion, science and mathematics. We learn how other cultures have inspired great artists, and have influenced all areas of design from fashion to architecture.




Spotlight on EYFS and KS1


Click here to read how Art and Design at Southmead contributes to children's development in SMSC.

In Early Years, we explore painting, drawing, collage, printing and model making in many different ways. Children learn about using equipment, developing fine motor skills while having fun. We have illustrated stories, worked to gether to make rangoli patterns, explored minibeats using a variety of media and designed our own monsters!

illustrating a story exploring minibeasts monster

In year 1 we continue working to develop fine motor skills and to widen understanding of different ways to make 2D and 3D art.

tie-dye flags

Year 1 created these beautiful flags using tie dye which they then printed onto with real vegetables!

As part of the Starry Night picture curriculum, the children explored colour mixing and mark making to create owl paintings.

starry night

Children have also been learning how to make secondary colours out of mixing primary colours.

Year 2 have used their modelling skills to create a low relief tiger from clay which is then painted.

low relief tiger

Look at this character for a story created during Book Week!

book character

Life  drawing:  We had 2 people posing for this drawing which was for the cover of a concert programme.

Drawing and painting of a jungle scene inspired by the artist  Henri Rousseau and his painting: Tiger in the storm.

life drawing drawing and painting