Melling Primary School


Melling Art Gallery

The children at Melling always work hard on art projects and would love for you to see some of their excellent work.


Year Six


We did careful drawings with intricate detail, inspired by our study of Stephen Wiltshire.

Our artwork using felt tip pens was inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We were careful to use colour and pattern effectively.

Year Five


We used the Graphic Designer Jen Aranyi as our inspiration for this drawing and painting work.


We explored the effects of layering tissue paper to make suncatchers.


We mixed lots of paint colours for our paintings inspired by studies of space.

3D Art

We made Easter paper creations with careful origami skills.

Origami Mothers Day Cards

We used our paper folding and cutting skills to create cards for Christmas.

Year Four


We used coloured pencils to draw Day of the Dead masks in our R.E. work.

We used careful observation and drawing skills to create Roald Dahl illustrations.

We used our drawing skills to create dragons' eyes that looked as lifelike as possible.

We practised our drawing skills with these self portraits.


We painted using work by Pierre Auguste Renoir as our inspiration.

3D Art

Anglo-Saxon Pottery

Our project on dragons' eyes was completed with clay sculptures with lots of intricate detail.

Year Three


We explored different marks to see which ones to use for our mountain drawings.

We used our mark making skills to portray different emotions.

Careful Observation for Drawing Portraits

The book Owl Babies inspired us to do our owl drawings.


We did a study based on the work of Piet Mondrian, with careful attention to the lines we created.


We studied Alma Thomas and colour mixed carefully to create our paintings.

Year Three explored hot and cold colours using paints that we mixed ourselves and pastels.


Year Two


We practised our skills by observing carefully and drawing the other half of these pineapples.

We created Mandala patterns using coloured pencils, thinking carefully about our pattern designs.


Aboriginal Style Rock Painting

We did colour mixing of warm colours and painted silhouette pictures for the Great Fire of London.

Year One


We drew abstract portraits inspired by Pablo Picasso, thinking carefully about the differences between abstract and realist portraits.

We created abstract oil pastel faces based on a study of Pablo Picasso.

We have been exploring mark making in our drawing work.

We used careful drawing skills to do our self-portraits.

We examined Autumn leaves and drew the other half, thinking carefully about the shapes and colours.

Digital Art

We explored different tools in the art program for creating different effects on the chromebooks.

We used the chromebooks to paint these animal pictures by selecting from the paint palette.

We used Bonfire Night to inspire our firework pictures, using the paint fill tool on the chromebook art program.


We can tear, scrunch and roll paper to make collages of Spring trees.

We did paper collages on the theme of sunshine as part of our work on seasonal change in Geography and Science.

It was interesting learning about Matisse and using his work as inspiration to practise our cutting skills.


We printed snowy trees for winter.


We mixed primary colours to make secondary colours.

We painted carefully to create some original work inspired by Wassily Kandinsky Squares with Concentric Circles.

We did colour mixing with the paints to create rainbows.

3D Art

We explored sculpture and made clay pinch pots. First, we practised shaping some clay in different ways.

We visited the GAIA EARTH ART Installation at St.Chad's Church in Kirkby.

We made our Chinese Dragon puppets with big moving mouths for the Chinese New Year celebrations.



We did observational drawings of the chicks.

We drew Funnybones skeletons for Halloween with chalk pastels and added art straws for bones.

Do you recognise us from our crayon self-portraits?


We created farm animals for our visit to Farmer Teds.

We created collage and painted poppies for Remembrance Day.

As part of our Harvest activities, we made seed collages.


We learnt about printing by doing vegetable prints.


We studied van Gogh and created a collaborative piece.

We love painting in YR and we painted scarecrows for Autumn.

Our study in paints was inspired by Van Gogh's Sunflowers.

3D Art

We made clay candle holders for Diwali, making them look special for this special celebration.

We made baskets by weaving paper when we read the Little Red Riding Hood story.

We did lots of art and craft for Chinese New Year.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

National Curriculum 2014

Teaching and Learning in Art and Design

at Melling School

Melling Approach to Art and Design


INTENTION - Aims and Principles

  • to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • to know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


IMPLEMENTATION - Quality First Approach


In Melling Art and Design lessons, pupils in key Stage One will be taught:

  • 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


In Melling Art and Design lessons, pupils in key Stage Two  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
  • 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


At Melling Primary, Art and Design forms part of a broad and balanced inclusive curriculum which provides all children with relevant and challenging learning.  Through each topic or unit of work taught, suitable learning challenges are set in response to children’s diverse learning needs. The school will encourage children to value Art and Design along with the work of artists and each other, rewarding both effort and achievement equally. Children's work will be proudly displayed throughout the school and on the school website, promoting a sense of pride and achievement at all levels.



In each year group, learning is enhanced through whole school Art Attack Art blocking days. These will be held termly, will have a whole school skills focus, for example drawing, and during these days, children will study a work/works of a famous artist. Links will be made to oracy learning as children will be encouraged in their use of a range of vocabulary associated with the skills and knowledge they are building and displays will reference key vocabulary as appropriate.



Children who are particularly enthusiastic or talented about Art and Design are encouraged to become champions of the subject/ambassadors for Art and Design across the school.  Children, whose efforts are particularly exceptional, will be recognised for this and seen as exemplars for this subject.


Knowledge and skills

Children will follow a structured programme of skills development (based on the skills as outlined in the National Curriculum) and learning will be built upon systematically. Prior skills and knowledge will be recapped regularly and new knowledge consolidated whenever possible.


Assessment in Art and Design

Feedback is regular and ongoing during lessons and activities and will be given to the children to help guide their progress. Children will be encouraged to make judgements about how they can improve their own work.  Any teacher assessments will be judged against the progression of skills as outlined in the Focus Knowledge, Skills and Understanding breakdown for each class. Children will complete two drawings in each class and this will be built up as a profile of the development of their drawing skills throughout the primary phase. Sketchbooks will begin in Year One and will provide an additional source of information about individual children's progression of skills and understanding.



The monitoring and evaluating of children's knowledge, skills and understanding takes place on an ongoing basis through a variety of work scrutiny and discussions with children. Sketchbooks and drawing portfolios provide an additional source of information for the monitoring of common practice within Art and Design at Melling. A webpage portfolio is regularly maintained to provide examples of children's work at a variety of levels and across the whole school.

Useful Websites










How can you encourage Art at home?


Get messy!

Try to make a collection of drawing and painting resources and let your child get creative. Paints, chalk, crayons, pens, pencils, play dough and much more...throw down an old tablecloth or newspaper and get creative!

Use household objects creatively

You could also get creative using things around the house –for example, use pasta to create collages.

Keep a sketch book

Encourage your child to keep a sketch book. Let them take it with them when they go out so that they can look for things to sketch – a tree, a building, the seaside. You could also try taking a photo to take home to use later.

Celebrate homemade art

Praise your child’s creations and encourage them not to get disheartened if they feel they have made ‘mistakes’. Remember art is creative and the aim is to try out different things - there is no right or wrong way to do things. Don't forget to frame some work using coloured paper or card - you could even create a gallery wall.

Talk about art and enjoy art together

Visit art galleries or museums with your child. Discuss what you see and share your opinions – about subject matter, colours, materials, feelings etc.