Original Art and design scheme

The pre-2022/2023 Art and design scheme of work. Lessons and planning

Original Art and design scheme (archived)

This is our original scheme for work for Art and design. We recommend you use our updated Art scheme instead.


The planning for the original scheme is here.


Key stages one and two

Year 1

Formal elements of art

Exploring shape, line and colour: mixing and painting with secondary colours, using circles to create abstract compositions and working collaboratively to create a class piece of art inspired by water. This unit is part of our original Art and design scheme that is now archived.  We recommend you use our revised Art and design scheme.

Art and design skills

Developing drawing, design, craft and art appreciation skills; exploring two different printing techniques, using 2D shapes to explore a variety of media, mixing different shades of one colour and discussing the work of artist Louis Wain.

Landscapes using different media (Themes: The seaside, Castles)

Experimenting with different art materials to create texture.

Example theme: The seaside, alternative theme: Castles.

Sculptures and collages (Theme: Living things)

On the theme of the natural world, children create sculptures, collages, 3D models of creatures and a giant spider sculpture, inspired by Louise Bourgeois.

Year 2

Formal elements of art

Pattern, texture and tone: creating printed patterns using everyday objects, taking rubbings using different media and creating 3D drawings.

Art and design skills

Design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation: replicating the recognisable crockery of Clarice Cliff, exploring tone through shading, developing weaving skills, working with clay and experimenting with brush strokes.

Human form

Exploring how bodies and faces are portrayed in art: looking at works of art, creating collages, drawing portrait, creating a peg figure and collage.

Sculpture and mixed media (Theme: Superheroes)

Sculpture, pop art, drawing to portray emotions and taking inspiration from the works of Roy Lichtenstein.

Year 3

Art and design skills

Design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation – creating puppets, drawing from observation, learning the difference between a tint and a shade and creating a version of a cartoon drawn by a famous illustrator

Formal elements of art

Exploring shape and tone – identifying shapes in everyday objects, using shapes as guidelines to draw accurately from observation, creating form and shape using wire and shading from light to dark

Prehistoric art

Learning about how and why art was created thousands of years ago, making homemade paints from natural materials and replicating painting techniques from the past


Creating mood boards as inspiration, learning to tie-dye, weaving and sewing to create a range of effects using fabric.

Year 4

Formal elements of art

Exploring texture and pattern – developing a range of mark-making techniques, making and printing with textured stamps for printing, drawing ‘flip’ patterns and recreating a famous geometric pattern.

Art and design skills

Developing: design, drawing, craft, painting skills – creating an optical illusion print, making a plate in the famous willow pattern, carving soap, still life drawing, painting and mixing colours in the style of Paul Cézanne and learning about the role of a ‘curator’

Year 4: Every picture tells a story

Analysing works of art, using inference and prediction to explore what might be depicted and intended by the artists. Creating photo collages and abstract art inspired by the work explored.


Learning about the works of inspirational sculptors, creating 3D works of art, working with recycled materials and making collages.

Year 5

Formal elements: Architecture

Drawing from observation, creating prints, drawing from different perspectives and learning about the role of an architect.

Art and design skills

Developing design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation skills – creating an invention, expanding on an observational drawing, using a poem to create a portrait and painting an enlarged section of a drawn collage

Year 5: Every picture tells a story

Exploring the meaning behind art – analyse the work of Banksy; making symmetry prints inspired by Rorschach, telling a story using emojis, reenacting a poignant war scene and taking inspiration from ceramic artist Odundo.

Design for a purpose

Designing to a given criteria; developing design ideas for a room interior, a coat of arms and a product to fit a given name

Year 6

Art and design skills

Developing design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation skills; designing a hat, creating zentangle patterns and prints, painting in an impressionist style and exploring the work of Edward Hopper.

Make my voice heard

Exploring art with a message, looking at the works of Pablo Picasso and Käthe Kollwitz and through the mediums of graffiti, drawing, painting and sculpture, creating artworks with a message


Developing photography skills – composition, colour, light, abstract image, underlying messages and capturing and presenting images in different ways.

Still life

Creating a variety of still life pieces influenced by different artists, using a range of mediums and showcasing work in the form of a memory box.

Original scheme planning documents