Cannon Lane

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Art & Design

At Cannon Lane Primary School we believe that every child is entitled to a high quality arts education, both practical and theoretical. Art and design offers opportunities for all children to explore, express and communicate their feelings whilst gaining experiences of the wider world. Through experiencing art, children develop creative thinking, communication skills, self-esteem and confidence. Our pupils are encouraged to develop an understanding and appreciation of different art forms and the works of great artists. They explore different styles and develop their artistic skills through practical lessons involving sketching using various mediums, collage, printing, painting and ceramics work.


In addition to the Art and Design lessons, art is imbedded across the curriculum to allow children to embrace learning in other subjects in a creative and stimulating way. Children also have access to extra-curricular art activities and experiences.


At Cannon Lane we are proud to have achieved Arts Mark status three times and are currently in the process of achieving Arts Mark status again. Helping us to continuously reflect and improve on current practice, we have arts ambassadors who provide an important pupil voice on the arts.




At Cannon Lane we have a strong commitment to art and design to ensure a full and rounded education for all pupils. We aim to:

  1. Provide all children with an education in art and design that is stimulating, enriching and inspiring through curricular and extra-curricular learning.
  2. Foster creativity and develop technical competence which will enable pupils to realise their creative intention.
  3. Develop an appreciation of art through experiences with art professionals and visits to galleries, and the encouragement of critical thinking.
  4. Encourage pupils to recognise and embrace the therapeutic nature of art, developing mindfulness, self-esteem and confidence.




Art & Design Curriculum Overview


Year Group

Learning Objectives


  • Choose colours for a purpose.
  • Use the correct pencil grip.
  • Use simple drawings to represent people, objects and events.
  • Understand how to make different colours by mixing paints together.
  • Explore and describe textures.
  • Realise that tools can be fit for purpose.
  • Use various construction materials, e.g, glue, masking tape, Sellotape.
  • Select and use simple tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials.


Year 1

  • Understand what a self-portrait is.
  • Begin to understand proportion and perspective.
  • Understand that landscapes are created in layers.
  • Investigate shape, pattern and primary colours.
  • Control a pencil to colour neatly and inside the lines.
  • Experiment with mixing paints.
  • Use controlled brush strokes when painting.
  • Experiment with and use drawing media, materials and mediums to create a range of visual effects.
  • Experiment with blending soft pastels and charcoals.
  • Understand that china ornaments are made from clay.
  • Use sculpting techniques and tools when working with clay.


Key artists: Heather Galler


Year 2

  • Understand that there are different styles of portraiture.
  • Further understand proportion and perspective.
  • Practise sketching techniques using pencil.
  • Explore how objects in a portrait add interest and different focal points.
  • Experiment with using different techniques to create a portrait.
  • Understand what a seascape is.
  • Experiment with creating mood using colour.
  • Create highlights and shadows using soft pastels and blending techniques.
  • Understand what a collage is.
  • Investigate different paper products to discover their properties
  • Fold, cut and tear different papers to create different effects.


Key artists: Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch and Claude Monet


Year 3

  • Understand that portraits can communicate information about relationships.
  • Use pencil techniques to create textures and shading
  • Understand how civilisations have used art throughout history – Stone Age cave paintings and Roman mosaics
  • Understand the tools and mediums that were used for cave paintings.
  • Understand the tools and mediums that were used for Roman mosaics.
  • Investigate repeated patterns.
  • Practise techniques for working with clay – rolling, shaping, firing, painting and glazing.
  • Explore different types of paint, introducing acrylics.
  • Mix paints.
  • Use fine paint brushes with accuracy.


Key artists: Frida Kahlo


Year 4

  • Further understand proportion and perspective, including developing an understanding of how objects appear from different viewpoints.
  • Recognise the differences in facial features from one person to the next.
  • Create a completed portrait by considering proportion and measuring size.
  • Further develop sketching techniques using various movements and pencil types to create various effects.
  • Understand what a cityscape is.
  • Recognise and discuss the works of Paul Klee, using his artwork for inspiration.
  • Combine visual and tactile qualities to convey ideas.
  • Explore how to manipulate lines, patterns, textures and colours to create a desired outcome.


Key artists: Paul Klee and Vincent Van Gogh


Year 5

  • Establish a strong understanding of proportion and perspective.
  • Recognise and discuss the works of Georgia O’Keefe, using her artwork for inspiration.
  • Practise the seven elements of art: line, tone, shape, texture, pattern, colour and space and form to further develop skills level.
  • Understand how civilisations have manufactured and used containers throughout history – The Tudors.
  • Explore how to manipulate clay to form a certain shape, using tools and techniques for cutting, joining and decorating.


Key artists: Georgia O’Keefe


Year 6

  • Understand how graphic design has developed and been used throughout modern history – WWII.
  • Experiment with various mediums, line types and use of colours to create graphic design effects, reflecting on how the techniques used compare to sketching.
  • Understand how art styles have changed during the 20th Century, making comparisons between selected key art movements.
  • Develop and use printing techniques to create artwork in the style of the Pop Art movement.
  • Understand what a fossil is and how it is formed.
  • Explore how to manipulate small pieces of clay with a high level of accuracy.


Key artists: Andy Warhol and Clarice Cliff




Cannon Lane Art Ambassadors

CONGRATULATIONS to the following pupils who have been selected as Art Ambassadors for the 2022-23 academic year:


Maya M

Amaira G

Ishani P

Samaira D

Maya L

Aliza K

Ethan G

Anya K

Srishti I

Anika R

Sami M

Louis F

Kayali J

Anagha K


Well done to everyone who applied, we were very impressed with the amazing quality and quantity of entries.

Our Art Ambassadors play an important role in shaping the arts at CLPS. They are our pupil voice.


They are passionate about the arts and are talent in many areas, including drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, photography, crafts, music, dance, drama, creative writing and animation. Our ambassadors give feedback about the arts curriculum and help to organise competitions and whole school art projects.



Platinum Jubilee Competition

A BIG well done to Jack who entered the HAC Platinum Jubilee 2022 Young Artist Competition and came 3rd place out of hundreds of entries. Such an amazing achievement! Such a talented young artist! Congratulations!







Art & Design at Cannon Lane