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Supporting your child with Art & Design at home

You may be wondering how best to help your child at home with developing their skills further, so I hope you will find the following information useful. I have put together some websites with useful clips of how to develop the skills at each key stage. At Westglade, the content of our Art and Design curriculum is taken from the 2014 National curriculum for Primary schools in England.


This is the Art and Design overview for both Key Stage 1 and 2:

Key Stage 1

- to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

- to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

-  to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

-  about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


Key Stage 2

- to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

- to improve their mastery of art and design  techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

- about great artists, architects and designers in history.


How can I support my child with art?

1. Get messy!

Try to get hold of as many different types of drawing and painting resources as you can to let your child get creative and explore creating art using different materials. Paints, chalk, crayons, pens, pencils, modelling clay and much more can be found in discount shops. Just don’t forget to put lots of newspaper down first!


2. Use household objects creatively

Alternatively, instead of buying materials, let them get creative using things around the house – for example, pasta and pulses to create pictures using glue. You could even experiment with colour-changing art.


3. Keep a sketchbook

Encourage your child to keep a sketchbook. Suggest that they take it with them when they go out so that they can look for things to sketch – a tree, a building, a scene. Alternatively, if they see something they would like to draw, take a photo on your phone and let them sketch from it when they are home.


4. Celebrate your child's art

Praise your child’s creations and encourage them not to get disheartened if they feel they have made ‘mistakes’. Explain that art is about being creative and trying out different things. There is no right or wrong way to do things. You could even ‘frame’ their work using coloured paper or card and create a little gallery on the kitchen wall or in their bedroom to display their work.


5. Discuss and enjoy art together

Find out about local art galleries or museums that you can visit with your child. Encourage them to talk about what they see and to share their opinions – about subject matter, colours, what materials the artist used, and so on.

Enjoy watching the variety of clips that cover the elements of drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, colour and shape, media and their materials as well as finding out about a variety of artists from history and some projects you may like to try at home.

How to make a collage | Art and Design - Primary Art

Artist Emma Majury demonstrates some of the techniques that can be used to make collage.

How to draw a face | Art and Design - Primary Art

Artist Emma Majury demonstrates how to draw a self-portrait, looking at perspective, proportion, shadow, texture and different mate...

Photography | Art and Design - Primary Art

Artist Emma Majury demonstrates how to frame and capture a moving subject in a photograph, giving lots of useful tips for beginners.

Painting | Art and Design - Primary Art

Artist Emma Majury demonstrates painting tools and techniques, including colour wash, colour mixing and using different brushes.

Printmaking with different materials | Art and Design - Primary Art

Artist Emma Majury demonstrates some simple printing techniques using widely available materials.

Making sculptures from dry materials and clay | Art and Design - Primary Art

Artist Emma Majury demonstrates how to make sculptures from dry materials and clay.

Why not find out about famous artists and architects from history and present day?





Claude Monet

Antoni Gaudi


Frank Lloyd Wright

Andy Warhol

Mies Van der Rohe


Phillip Johnson

Van Gogh

Eero Saarinen

Georgia O’ Keeffe

Richard Rogers

Gustav Klimt

Frank Gehry

Andy Goldsworthy

Norman Foster

Paul Klee

Renzo Piano

M.C. Escher

Santiago Calatrava

Georges Seurat

Zaha Hadid

Frida Kahlo

Oscar Niemeyer

Keith Haring

Rem Koolhas