‘We try to follow Jesus in everything we do’


Art and Design is part of everyone’s life.  Good Art and Design Education develops the intellect, heightens aesthetic awareness and stimulates creative ability.  All pupils have the ability to create and appreciate.  Art and Design enables pupils to make unique visual, tactile and verbal responses to their feelings, ideas, surroundings and the work of others – it helps to fulfil pupils’ social, spiritual, social and emotional needs.  As Pablo Picasso stated,, "every child is an artist ..."

"Art is what defines us, what makes us human."
Jan Vogler
Art and creativity is also important for economic wellbeing as the UK’s creative industries continue to be one of our great success stories. It’s a fantastic sector which now accounts for more than 1.8 million jobs in the UK, and employment in this area is increasing at twice the rate of the wider economy. Our films, music and other artists are celebrated around the world.

In the EYFS - Foundation Stage

 pupils are encouraged to be creative and think critically

Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring using Media and Materials

The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity in all areas.  We ensure ithat children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.They will be encouraged to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Expressive arts and design: Being imaginative

Children will be encouraged to use what they have learned about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes and they will also begin  to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

Key stage 1

Pupils will be taught:

  1. to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  2. to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  3. to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  4. 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 
  5. Children in this Key Stage also begin using sketchbooks.

Key stage 2

  1. Pupils will be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  2. Pupils will be taught: to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  3. 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 .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Extra curricular Activities   - We are fortunate to have extremely talented staff who run a variety of Art Clubs - we will keep you informed of any new opportunities as they arise.

We regularly hold exhibitions.

Here are some useful links:

www. cubittartists.org.uk- contemporary art gallery

http://www.sculpture.org.uk- 20th Century British Sculpture

www.artlex.com- dictionary of art terms

www.indiaart.com- art forms of India

www.si.edu.- Smithsonian Institute

www. sculptureplace.com - contemporary sculpture

www.alifetime ofcolor.com/study/timeline.html, - timeline from pre-history to today

www. ibiblio.org/wm/paint/tl - timeline of painting styles and painters

www. guggenheim.or, - international contemporary art

www. metmuseum.org/toah - Metropolitan Museum of Art timeline

www.artinliverpool.com, galleries and artists in Liverpool

http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks.html, art history resources

www.artcyclopedia.com - fine art search engine

www.getty.edu - Getty Museum

www.tate.org.uk - Tate Galleries across the UK

http://africanart.org - website of African art

www.vam.ac.uk, - Victoria and Albert Museum

www.graffiti.org - graffitti from all over the world

www. graffiticreator.net, graffiti art creator

www.vroosh.com/search/art.html, art website links

www. archive.com - World wide art resources

Please enjoy the films below detailing our work, which include our Bee Film,

Bee in the City

Bee Art Club, Graffiti workshop, Bee Sculpture and a film about our Sketchbooks for which we won a

MMU Sketchbook Prize.

Bee Manchester - Big Draw Film



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St Margaret Mary's R.C. Primary School

St Margaret’s Road, New Moston, Manchester, M40 0JE

T: 01616811504

(outside enquiries)E: contact@st-margaretmarys.manchester.sch.uk

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