What is our Art curriculum purpose and rationale at Ark Kings?

By studying Art, pupils will develop a sense of creativity and individual expression which enables them to interact with the world and convey a personal response in an original way. Through the study of Art, students learn how to use different skills and techniques successfully and creatively in order to produce finished pieces of artwork that convey a personal response.

For students who do not have access to a range of different media at home, at school they are provided with opportunities to use a range of high quality materials with which to experiment creatively.

Additionally, for students who find it difficult to talk about and express their emotions, by studying Art, they learn that artwork has often been a means for an artist to express their feelings, overcome challenges and  fight for a cause - pupils will learn this through focussing on the historical context of art and how social, cultural and political themes are portrayed.

Our All-through Purpose and Rationale document provides more information: Art Curriculum Purpose and Rationale - All through.pdf


What do students study and when?

Art Curriculum Overview: Outline of taught and assessed content

The table below outlines the whole curriculum overview for this subject area, and shows the journey that students take throughout Ark Kings.

Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2




Giuseppe Archimboldo


Piet Mondrian

Squares and rectangles

Mark making tools

Georges Seurat Pointillism

Katsushika Hokusai

Hiroshige - Wave


Light Art

Diwali and Bonfire



Vincent Van Gogh



Henri Rousseau


Year 1

Jeff Koons

Shape, texture, space

Andy Goldsworthy

Shape, texture, space

Eugène Séguy


Romero Britto


Childe Hassan


Lucy McLauchlan

Line, shape, pattern, space

Year 2

Andy Warhol


Kathe Kollwitz

Line, tone

Estha Mahlangu

Line, shape, pattern, colour

Pablo Picasso (blue period)

Shape, form, texture

Ed Fairburn

Line, shape, texture

Michelle Stitzlein

Shape, form

Year 3

Kathryn Gerhardt

Line, shape, texture, pattern

Damian Hirst

shape, texture, pattern

Katsushika Hokusai

Line, shape, pattern

Antoni Gaudi

Form, colour, shape

Gustave Caillebotte


Jackson Pollock / Mark Rothko


Year 4

Grayson Perry

Form, colour


Paul Cezanne

Form, colour


Jacob Lawrence


Wayne Thiebaud

Shape, colour, form, tone

Architecture (Leonardo Di Vinci)

Shape, form, line, space

L.S Lowry


Year 5


Space, line

Barbara Hepworth

Shape, form, line, space


Pablo Picasso

Shape, line, colour


Richard Long

Shape, texture

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson

Shape, line

Kat Flynn

Form, space

Year 6

Neil Shigley

Line, tone

Christian Boltanski

Space, line, tone, colour

Faith Ringgold

Shape, colour, space

Leonid Afremov

Colour, form, space, tone

Barbara Kruger

Line, shape, space. colour

Georges Seurat

Colour, space, tone

Year 7

Pencil skills

Matisse, kandinsky,

Line, shape, tone

Still life

Clyde Semler, Cezanne

Accuracy of line & tone

Introducing colour


Kate Osborne

Limited palette

Watercolour painting

Looking at various artists


Investigation through artists (Sarah Graham & Wayne Thiebauld)

Line, Shape, Colour

Large colour exploration painting

Gordon Bennett


Line, Colour, Form

Year 8

Creepy Crawlies

Pencil, watercolour

Various sources – artists & observational

Line, tone, colour,

Creepy Crawlies

View finder sections

Investigating the detail through detailed work

Line, tone, detail, texture

Creepy Crawlies

3D construction


Book Illustration

Various artists

Literacy within Art

Typography, space, juxtaposition


Fruit faces


Line, colour, collage


Prep studies leading to large scale painting

Carolee Clarke

Line, colour, form


Year 9


Da Vinci

Jeff Stahl

 Line, tone



Various artists

Abstract Art, contemporary,

Line, tone, form


Artist appreciation

Exploring other artists work through experimental techniques

Various artists –students guided towards suitable artists and given the option to research others

Independent practice, line, tone, form,



Artist appreciation

Preparatory studies leading to a large scale interpretation from chosen artist

Independent practice, line, tone, form,



Observational drawing

Further Experimental techniques and processes

Printing, textiles


Observational drawing

Preparatory studies leading to large scale observational piece


Year 10

Artist appreciation

Students presented with a variety of artists as a starting point and strongly encouraged to independently research other artists and revisit artists they have worked from previously to expand their portfolio


Various techniques

Artist appreciation

Larger scale work

Observational studies

Experimental techniques

Observational studies

Prep work leading to large scale piece (s)

Sketchbook project

Artist research



Final response

Students working to strengths with guidance.  Students to select appropriate media to work with


Year 11

GCSE coursework

Completing all observations, artist interpretations, annotations, sketchbook work ahead of presentation

GCSE coursework

Presenting final work & findings

GCSE Set Task

GCSE Set Task




What does progress look like in Art?


During their time at Ark Kings, students go on a journey to becoming a proficient artist. The journey of an Ark Kings artist is mapped out in our All-through Progression Map: Art All Through Progression Map.pdf


Primary Phase - Further Information


Our Art curriculum overview outlines the content and threads of art skills pupils study in each year group: Art MTP and Threads.pdf


What is our approach to delivering the Art curriculum?

Across a learning sequence, pupils are taught to analyse an artist and their work, practise a core artistic skill or technique, carry out an observational drawing, develop and refine a final piece of artwork, followed by an evaluation. More information can be found here: Primary Art Lesson Sequencing.pdf


Here is an example of what this looks like:

Artist Study                                                                                                    Skills Study 


Recording from Observation

Developing a Final Piece

Refining and Evaluating


Collaborative Art Projects

Pupils also engage in whole-school art projects to experience how to work on collaborative projects.







Autumn whole-school art project based on 'The Dot' book where children explored the use of colour, tone and line.


Secondary Phase - Further Information