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Holly Mount Roman Catholic Primary School

Nurture, Encourage, Love

Art Curriculum


We are Artists!

At Holly Mount we are artists! We want our children to love art. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be painters, sculptors, curators or interior designers. The art curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children develop their art capital. We want our children to remember their art lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the artistic opportunities they are presented with.

The Holly Mount Curriculum is cross-curricular and our artistic adventures are linked to our RESPECT Missions. We will paint with Picasso, sculpt with Goldsworthy and submerse ourselves in art history.


Our art curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning. It is ambitious and empowers our children to become independent and resilient – like all curriculum areas. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the art National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We firmly believe that it is not just about what happens in the classroom, it is about the added value we offer to really inspire our children. 


Art subject specific characteristics, which we expect the children to demonstrate, have been developed and shared. These characteristics underpin all work in art and provide a common subject specific vocabulary for staff and children. These characteristics are:

  • The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly, to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media. An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected. The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.

Art Policy

Art & Design Sequence of Learning