Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.

A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Our Art and Design Curriculum Intent

At Lincoln Carlton Academy we value Art and Design as a fundamental part of our creative curriculum. The Art and Design curriculum has been designed to allow our pupils’ curiosity, creativity and self-expression to flow. We know that our curriculum will help them to develop confidence, resilience and critical thinking skills and that this will, in turn, have an impact on their attainment in other subject areas. The Art and Design curriculum is designed to cover 5 key concepts: Drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and responding to art. These are revisited year-on-year with children being given the opportunity to revisit prior knowledge and skills, learn new knowledge and explore different media and materials.

How is the curriculum implemented?

Art and Design lessons at Lincoln Carlton Academy are designed to be fun and exciting in order to engage pupils and allow an abundance of self-expression and innovation. We teach an art curriculum, which gives our children opportunities to practice and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, craft, sculpture and response to art. This is supported through the study of key artists and the development of a knowledge of their work. Lessons are taught in blocks on a half termly basis and include opportunities to:

  • Study existing pieces of art (paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, craft and photographs).
  • Find out about the life and works of a range of classical and contemporary artists.
  • Use new media and materials.
  • Explore new techniques and approaches to using new media, as well as deepening their knowledge of media that has been introduced before.
  • Express themselves imaginatively and creatively to produce works in their own style.

Evidence of work is collected within a personal sketch book which follows the child through the school. Larger pieces of work are stored in an individual art folder. Photographs are used to record evidence of 3D work and these are stored in art books.


Children will be become creative learners, who have a web of knowledge about the great artists of the world. Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will become astute at editing and improving the pieces they have created. As teachers, there will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imaginations. Children will have embedded the key art and design skills needed to allow them to produce inventive pieces of art.


LCA Art and Design Curriculum 2022 - 2023 [ PDF, 2.64 MB ]
Find out the knowledge that is taught in each year group and how this progresses across subsequent year groups and Key Stages.