Art and Design


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.This video is an introduction to art & design from the Arts Council.




Art subject leader training

March 2021

Content provided by Maxine Crawford, Forge CPD. The CPD is to prepare an Art & Design Co-ordinator to lead their subject and understand Ofsted requirements.


Do schools kill creativity?

March 2021

As an addition to the art subject leader training, this video clip is of Sir Ken Robinson conducting a TED talk on art in schools.


How to be Ofsted Ready

October 2021

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Key question to be asked when preparing for an Ofsted inspection


Art and Design curriculum

November 2021

Content provided by Ofsted, Jennifer Gibbs, HMI, Subject Lead for Art and Design talks about knowledge and structure.


Art techniques to teach children

Art techniques CPD + example videos

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Recommended reading

This comprehensive list of art picture books explores famous artists, artworks, and the art making process through fun and creative, easy-to read picture books. It will provide you with ideas and inspiration for creating art lessons and projects that you can pair with these amazing books to help you teach about art making in depth in your classroom.​

I'm not just a Scribble
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Diane Alber

A story about kindness and inclusion.​

Scribble, the book’s main character, never thought he was different until he met his first drawing. Then, After being left out because he didn’t look like everyone else.

The Museum
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Susan Verde

“When I see a work of art, something happens in my heart!​
As a little girl tours and twirls through the halls of the art museum, she finds herself on an exciting adventure.

The Noisy Paint Box
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Barb Rosenstock

“Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers—like a proper artist.​

Hey Wall
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Mixed. A Colourful Story
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Barb Rosenstock

“The reds, the yellows, and the blues all think they’re the best in this vibrant, thought-provoking picture book from Arree Chung, with a message of acceptance and unity.

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Susan Verde

“A boy takes on a community art project in order to make his neighbourhood more beautiful in this empowering and inspiring picture book by Susan Verde, stunningly illustrated by award-winning artist John Parra.​

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Jeanette Winter

In a small weaving town in France, a young boy named Henri-Emile Matisse drew pictures everywhere, and when he grew up, he moved to Paris and became a famous artist who created paintings that were adored around the world.

Content provided by Maxine Crawford, Forge CPD. The CPD explores picture books that may be found in school that can inspire children's art work.
Download the complete list of recommended titles 

Websites to inspire art.

Additional resources

Art and Design Subject Leaders
Ofsted are coming tomorrow
Article by Sue Brown
 Head of Art and Design , Malcolm Sargent Primary School, Stamford.
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