A Quality Art lesson at Eastway

  • At Eastway lessons are directly linked to the half term/termly topics e.g. Ancient Egyptians in Year 5.  Each year group should study at least one famous artist e.g. Andy Goldsworthy in Year 1. There should be at least 3 ‘art projects’ completed in an academic year.
  • Teachers plan for art lessons using the National Curriculum (2014) objectives and teachers are aware of a clear progression of skills that should be taught from Early Years to year 6.
  • Each child in the school is given a sketchbook when they join the school and this follows them into the following academic years

In these lessons you should see:

  1. Try something new

Spend some time exploring something new – new technique, new piece of art inspired by shared practice, mind mapping linked to theme etc

  1. Demonstrate new skills

An adult modelling how to hold equipment from a paint brush or mixing colours in important to our pupils’ development.

  1. Offer pupils choices

The perfect art lesson allows pupils to make choices and produce diverse outcomes and not identical ones.

  1. Encourage pupils to express themselves

Many of the artworks that make an impression on pupils are those where artists express a personal approach that makes their work distinct from that of other people. Although they can use examples to develop their own ideas, do not limit them to only copying.

  1. Give pupils time to experiment

Ensure there is sufficient time experiment. Try to give pupils time to explore and experiment with ideas and techniques without the pressure of having to create a specific, ‘finished’ piece.

  1. Encourage pupils to talk about their work

Allocate time at the end of each art lesson for feedback. Select one or two pieces that you find interesting to share with the class. Always find something to praise in every piece.

  1. Remind pupils that in art there is no right or wrong

We each have our own preferences, our own opinions about artwork. Responding to art is a subjective experience, try and remind pupils that. In art there is no right or wrong – just your own way of doing something.


In the sketchbooks you should see:

  • Progression of skills through the year groups
  • Lessons of exploration
  • Some ‘finished’ pieces of work – however these may be displayed on displays or photographed
  • Each piece of work dated
  • Learning Focus – sharing the art skill being developed – linked to National Curriculum (2014)
  • Although a presentation promise isn’t used – agree respect for own sketchbooks should be agreed when using them
  • Marking not required