Art at Ark Kings

Art Curriculum Overview


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

Working on large scale pieces, relevant to chosen topic

Workshop style lessons, building skills (mountboard, printing, textiles & other options)

Final response – bringing together all the themes from the chosen topic, including imagery and colour schemes – this may be one large scale piece, or, a collection of pieces to complete the coursework

Final response continued.  Annotations completed and work displayed by students



How does your child become a proficient artist?

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. 

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.