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Art and design

Statement of Intent

Our aim is to provide an Art education which enables children to reach great heights in their creativity and skills whilst appreciating and understanding the creative world in which we live.


Through Art and Design at Horfield Primary School, we aim to facilitate meaningful, memorable learning experiences within our vibrant, varied curriculum. As well as using Art and Design to enrich all subjects and to authentically create connectedness within the curriculum, key Art and Design knowledge and skills are progressively taught and developed. Children's understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape and 3D form) is firmly rooted within a clear progression of skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and textiles.  Children use sketchbooks to develop and explore new ideas, externalise their thoughts, make connections and deepen their understanding. These sketchbooks provide a wonderful record of their creative work and experiences. Children learn and explore the work of different artists, illustrators, craft makers, Bristol artists and about some of the amazing art that Bristol has to offer.  This enables children to develop their knowledge of how Art and Design shapes our history, culture and creativity, and provides inspiration for their own work as artists.

An example of Year 3 Art and Design

Inspired by the fabric and wallpaper designs of William Morris, Year 3 developed their observational drawing and printing skills. They created a direct press print of their own design using polyblock.

An example of Year 5

Art and Design

Inspired by The Little Ships of Dunkirk by Louise Borden, Year 5 embarked upon an exploration of different media to capture their “little heroic boats.” They developed their skills in water colour, textural direct press print, oil pastel and mixed media collage using acetate and torn layers of tissue paper.  

Imagination Station

Imagination Station, a cross-curricular, creative writing strategy that was created here at Horfield, blurs the lines between Art and Design and English, sometimes truly merging the two. In Imagination Station lessons, children combine Art and Design and English to create truly unique, inspirational, innovative pieces of work. Imagination Station can provide an additional opportunity, beyond Art and Design lessons, for children to develop key Art and Design skills. Laurel Steel, our Creative Arts Lead, has delivered Imagination Station training throughout Bristol and beyond and now many schools have also adopted this exciting, creative strategy.

“Horfield’s Imagination Station sketchbooks are truly stunning. The combination of Art and English is so inspiring. I’m taking it back to my school immediately! The books are clearly evidence of outstanding, imaginative teaching and inspired children.”

Delegate feedback from a Headteacher at Mrs Steel’s training, Sharing Best Practice Conference in Cornwall,

June 2019

An example of Year 1 Imagination Station

Inspired by the illustrations of Eric Carle in Mister Seahorse, Year 1 children developed their understanding of primary and secondary colours and experimented with brusho dye and oil pastel mark making to create wax resist. They then created their own descriptive writing to capture the magic of Mister Seahorse floating through the water.

An example of Year 6 Imagination Station

In response to The Island by Armin Greder, Year 6 developed their skills in using directional mark marking to create texture, tone and depth.  Their dramatic, expressive characters inspired superb first person narratives.