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Think like an...Artist


We believe that the teaching of Art at Eskdale provides our pupils with opportunities to explore and become more confident in using a range of expressive artistic techniques.


The learning of Art skills at Eskdale is rooted in our core values, specifically ‘Take Care’.


Our core intent is to enable all pupils to strive to:

✓ Develop an enthusiasm and love of being creative.

✓ Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other media techniques.

✓ Develop an awareness of a range of artists and styles, providing opportunities to work in this style themselves.

✓ Use a sketchbook effectively, to creatively record, experiment and explore ideas.

✓ Develop critical skills to help analyse and improve their own work.


Art is taught through different contexts within the curriculum and pupils and staff follow a process model to ensure children become increasingly adept at ‘Thinking like an Artist’ was they move through the key stage. This incorporates the following stages of learning:

✓ Artist Study

✓ Experimenting in the style of (name of artist)

✓ Skill Practise

✓ Final Piece


For all our pupils to achieve, both learning more and remembering more, our method of teaching (pedagogy) incorporates meta-cognitive strategies to enable all pupils to retain the learning of both skills and knowledge. This is typically applied by:

✓ Activating prior learning

✓ Small step teaching delivery

✓ Independent practice

✓ Feedback