Creative projects for school closure 

Stay positive, engaged and creative at home with these art ideas. Made something amazing? We want to know about it! Send a photo to office@stgabrielsprimary.co.uk and let us know what you’ve been up to: who knows, we might post your creations on our arts blog or Twitter!

St Gabriel’s creative projects

Art and design projects set by St Gabriel’s teachers. Don’t forget to be inspired by art work from St Gabriel’s children on our arts blog here.

Drawing classes on Youtube

There are lots of artists doing free, super fun drawing classes at the moment. Have a go!

Craft and art project ideas

Websites with lots of art and craft project ideas 

  • Craft Council at home fun craft activities for FS, KS1 and KS2
  • Virtual Art Room – simple but beautiful youtube tutorials for KS2.
  • Artburst – Every Friday at 10am Artburst do a live Make & Paint Workshop using recycled materials – it’s probably better for KS1. They are on Instagram @artburst and Facebook @artburstltd. Videos stay up after the live events.
  • Red Ted Art – lots of great ideas here, for all ages but there are lots of simple and easy projects for Reception / KS1 and, for KS2, lots of videos that can usually completed independently.
  • Tate Kids – lots of great ideas here, linked to famous artworks.
  • Imagination Tree – lots of great ideas, especially for younger children.
  • Origami for kids – lots of great ideas here, some suitable for KS1 and lots of trickier folding for KS2.
  • Mathematical art projects – great projects including symmetrical insects, impossible objects and Islamic geometry. More suitable for KS2.
  • Artist’s Toolkit Learn key art principles (e.g. warm and cool colours) and use them to create art.
  • Lots of craft ideas on The Artful Parent 
  • Lots of art, design and engineering ideas on Left Brain Craft Brain
  • Lots of creative project ideas on the Gomersal art blog.
  • Creative and science projects related to spring flowers, weather and animals in this bumper pack

Recommended projects – Reception and KS1 

Recommended projects – KS2 

Art

To see what our children have been up to in art and other creative subjects recently check out our arts blog!

Art and Design and Technology (DT) at St Gabriel’s inspires and supports children’s learning across the curriculum.

     

Children develop the key skills of art and design as well as developing personally as artists and designers, becoming increasingly creative, resilient and confident. Children’s own work is based on a secure understanding of the work of artists, craft makers, architects and designers and the ability to discuss their techniques and intentions.

We ensure that the art skills and knowledge set out in the National Curriculum are taught through our creative curriculum topic-based approach. This means that children’s drawing, painting, printing and sculpting supports their learning in other subjects, as well as developing their creativity and artistic skills. Outside of the classroom, we take advantage of the many artistic opportunities that central London has to offer: recent trips have included visits to Tate Modern and Tate Britain, with Class 3 being involved in the Steve McQueen Year 3 project, The National Portrait Gallery and the Wallace Collection (to name just a few!). We have also been lucky to welcome specialist art teachers into our school, for example from the Cortauld gallery. Children have further opportunities to create art during whole school art weeks, when art is integrated into subjects such as maths, literacy and RE. Art is celebrated though displays throughout the school and in family assemblies.

Art in Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

      • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
      • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
      • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
      • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Art in Key stage 2

Pupils  are be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils are taught:

      • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
      • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay).
      • about great artists, architects and designers in history

 

Links for children to continue learning out of school

KS1

Learn more about 6 famous artists (with reading support)

CBBC art and craft activities

BBC bitesize KS1 art

KS2

Tate Kids

ArtUK

BBC bitesize KS2 art

Support for parents

Going to an art gallery is a great way to support your child’s art and DT learning. Many offer free art workshops and family events, especially over half term holidays.

National Portrait Gallery

National Gallery

Southbank centre

British Museum

Royal Museums Greenwich

List: the best family-friendly art galleries in London

Design and Technology

Art and Design and Technology (DT) at St Gabriel’s inspires and supports children’s learning across the curriculum.

Children develop the key skills of art and design as well as developing personally as artists and designers, becoming increasingly creative, resilient and confident. Children’s own work is based on a secure understanding of the work of artists, craft makers, architects and designers and the ability to discuss their techniques and intentions.

DT is embedded within our creative curriculum topic-based approach. The majority of the topics include an opportunity for children to develop the key skills of Design and Technology, designing and making purposeful products, including food, and reflecting on their own work. We ensure that all of the skills from the National Curriculum are taught; these are set out below.

Key stage 1

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an interactive process of designing and making. They work in a range of relevant contexts [for example, the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment].

When designing and making, pupils  are  taught to:

Design

      • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.
      • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.

Make

      • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing].
      • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.

Evaluate

      • explore and evaluate a range of existing products.
      • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.

Technical knowledge

      • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.
      • explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.

Cooking and Nutrition

As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Pupils should be taught to:

      • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
      • understand where food comes from.

Design and Technology

Key stage 2

   

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They work in a range of relevant contexts [for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment].

When designing and making, pupils  are taught to:

Design

      • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
      • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design

Make

      • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
      • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities

Evaluate

      • investigate and analyse a range of existing products
      • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
      • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Technical knowledge

      • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
      • understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
      • understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
      • apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.

Cooking and Nutrition

As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Pupils should be taught to:

      • understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
      • prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
      • understand seasonality and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

LINK TO THE ART AND DT CURRICULUM MAP HERE AND ART PROGRESSION DOCUMENT