“Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks.” – Mark Rothko


Our overall intention is to nurture and develop our six qualities of learning which enable all children to shine…for life! We nurture and encourage creative, kind and resilient learners who are reflective, inquisitive and determined in all they do. Our intention is for learners at St Levan to know more and remember more in Art by being inspired, experimenting and expressing themselves in a range of ways.

To think like artists, learners at St Levan focus on our three subject specific characteristics which are:


  • I am inspired by different arts and artists from different times and places
  • I experiment
  • I express my thoughts, feelings and ideas

These three characteristics are woven throughout our Art curriculum and are built upon as children progress through the school. This ensures that children acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, couched in concepts and language with which they have already become familiar.


We provide an engaging, characterful and balanced curriculum for all.

Our inclusive curriculum is carefully planned to allow for progress for all pupils in our two mixed age classes. We recognise the challenges of teaching a progression within a subject to a mixed age class and, having undertaken our own research and consulted subject specialists and organisations, developed our own pedagogy and created what we believe is the best fit for our setting. With a commitment to the removal of barriers to learning and participation, we offer high quality teaching and appropriate differentiation to meet the needs of all. Using our rolling programme (see our Curriculum Offer page), we teach Art through termly topics and focus on the development and evaluation of ideas; mastery of techniques through inspiration from others.

Please find below our Art Curriculum Progression documents as well as how we adapt our provision for pupils with SEND:

We interconnect learning opportunities with an enriched environment to promote a love of learning and the outdoors.

To allow for an engaging, characterful and balanced curriculum, Art at St Levan incorporates trips to nearby museums and galleries as well as visits from local artists. We are lucky to be part of such a creative community and flourishing art scene in Cornwall and take every opportunity to use our local context and beautiful outdoor space.

We ensure children are supported within a kind and caring community which enables them to progress and flourish.

"I like art because I am a drawing person," - Year Two pupil.
"I like doing sketches in our sketch books," - Year Two pupil.
"I love painting," - Year Two pupil.
"I like doing art because you get to paint!" - Year Two pupil.


At St Levan, we use assessment in three different ways across all subjects.

Assessment for learning (AfL)

This assessment is formative, ongoing and informs classroom practice and future planning. Through careful observation, listening and questioning, teachers glean what learners know and can do and plan next steps accordingly. For example, in Art, if a Year One pupil has used lines of different thicknesses in drawing, they may be ready to learn how to add texture using dots and lines.

Assessment as learning (AaL)

This assessment is about how pupils self-regulate their own learning and develop metacognitive skills. Through structured peer and self-assessment activities, pupils understand their own needs as a learner and reflect on their own next steps. By taking ownership of their own learning, this can help pupils to know more and remember more. For example, in Art, pupils may self-assess against their WALTs and WILFs and highlight what they can do or do something similar against specific design criteria during evaluation.

Assessment of learning (AoL)

This assessment is summative, at the end of a topic and, in Art, pupils will produce some sort of finished piece of work, for example, a sculpture in the style of Henry Moore.  


We aim for our children to be resilient, creative and kind individuals who are determined, inquisitive and reflective learners.

Puffins focussing on colour mixing using only warm and cool tones of the primary colours and white. 
Trying to colour match a Monet!
Puffins exploring ways to depict movement in their art. They used pencil, charcoal and water here. Some people also experimented adding splashes of colour using watercolour. 
Puffins exploring water colour techniques. 
  • Washes
  • Wet on wet
  • Wet on dry 
  • Mark making 
  • The effects created using different brushes 
  • Resist 
Mirco Puffins! 
Puffins explored digital art using software to shrink themselves into our classroom and other recent art we have completed!
Collaborative art!
Everyone in Puffins used their watercolour skills to paint a mackerel. They were then placed together as a shoal!
Swimming Together to Shine Together!