Creative Arts  

The purpose of Art and Design education is to give children the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.

At Brill, we provide opportunities for the children to explore their ideas by experimenting, inventing and creating their own varied works of art using a range of materials.  Creating art is often seen as the only aspect of Art and Design but at Brill School, we believe that there is a vital importance for children to be provided with opportunities to respond, critique and reflect on art that has already been created.  We strive to create a safe and purposeful learning environment in art lessons, where children are encouraged to be inquisitive, resourceful and creative whilst being supported and challenged.      

The Vision For Our Curriculum


At Brill School, Art and Design teaching is used to engage, inspire and challenge pupils. Our Art and Design curriculum equips children with the knowledge and skills needed to experiment and be creative. We want children to learn from the process of working creatively and to become more confident in producing their own works.  We provide opportunities for the children to be inquisitive and explore new techniques in lessons, adding breadth and depth to their understanding and skills.  Our Art and Design curriculum seeks to give pupils an understanding of how art impacts and enriches our world and so the work of artists and designers is an integral part of the curriculum. At Brill children learn how being creative is part of being human. Through teaching and learning, they should be able to think critically and develop a more informed understanding of Art and Design.  We believe that through this approach we will be supporting our pupils to becoming a Brill Child’.  



At Brill our Art and Design curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and this is delivered and progression is ensured by following the Brill Art and Design Curriculum progression of skills map for each year group. Our children show engagement because they are challenged by our curriculum. The children will be resilient learners who overcome barriers and understand their own strengths and areas for development. They will be able to critique their own work as an artist because they know how to be successful. All children will be safe and happy in art lessons; these lessons will give them opportunities to explore and experience their own creative development and support children in fostering a love for the subject. They will be encouraged and nurtured to overcome any barriers to their learning or self-confidence because feedback is positive and focuses on artistic skills and knowledge. They will be able to talk about a variety of famous diverse artists over time and develop artistic skills and confidence. 



Our Art and Design curriculum successes will be measured by the children having a developed understanding of the names, key works, styles and techniques of major artists at an age appropriate level. A secure understanding of the key techniques and methods for each key area of the art curriculum: colour, form, line, tone, texture and shape. A progression of understanding, with appropriate vocabulary which supports and extends understanding. Confidence in discussing artists, art, their own work and identifying their own strengths and areas for development. 


Spring Inspiration

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Year One have been observing 'Spring' this week. There is so much to see! Our love for signs of 'Spring' are shown in our creativity

Year One used the skills of watercolour and sketching to create their masterpiece.

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It's often about the process; Right? Right!

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In Year 3, we have been learning some clay skills in our Art lessons. The children (and adults!) enjoyed bashing the air out of the clay before making imprints using rocks and stones to make indentations in the clay as part of the Topic learning around the Stone Age. There was a lot of mess (but Miss Freeland coped amazingly well!), quite a bit of noise and a huge amount of creativity. Additionally, our ability to work with clay is definitely improving!

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Is it mess... or is it art?

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Don't worry, Mr Dickson is still in control! Year 5 has been responding to the distinctive artwork of Jackson Pollock and Mr Doodle. For one day only, doodling on the desks was positively encouraged and everyone did a brilliant job of cleaning their work spaces afterwards.

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Year 5 come face to face with Nelson Mandela

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Our Year 5 children were introduced to Nelson Mandela through an art lesson recently. Each pupil coloured in a series of squares using either light or dark colours, depending on their section, and including patterns, block colouring or shapes. No-one knew what the final product might look like! Once all the squares had been filled in, the class worked together to assemble the whole image and, sure enough, a face emerged. Hello, Madiba! 

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Crafty Clay!

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This week, Year 4 have been very busy using clay and practicing our techniques to create texture. We are each making our own clay tile themes around Ancient Greece! We have spent time planning and preparing our designs so that we are ready to get creative next week! 

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This world is but a canvas to our imagination.'

Henry David Thoreau

How do we teach art at Brill?

Art at Brill is focussed on the varied topics that each year group explore.  At the beginning of a topic journey, an end goal is discussed and shown to the children.  Then each lesson, after that, are stepping stones to that piece.  This progressive method allows children to recognise the purpose behind their work and strengthens their understanding of both the process and outcome.  

Each year the children at Brill build on their artistic ability and add to their ever-growing bank of skills.  We strive for the children to leave our school with the confidence and experience to tackle and explore any creative task they might face in the future.


Within each exploration, the children are provided with opportunies to respond, reflect and then finally, create.  This three step process has been beneficial for Art & Design at Brill school, and is something that we are very proud of.  





Art On The Hill

Every year Brill School are lucky enough to organise and host a local art exhibition known as 'Art On The Hill'.  This exhibition provides the children with the opportunity to create and display their own work for the local community to come and admire.  This is a real highlight for not only the Brill children, the Brill team but the Brill surrounding community too.

 Art on the Hill returned to Brill School in 2022.  EVERY child in the school created a wire figure of themselves which were intertwined around a globe.  This was a representation of us all being connected in one big world.

Mr Dickson

Creative Arts Coordinator

Art and DT Policy

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Art and Design Progression Document

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