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Art and Design


Art and design subject lead on the importance of art and design education

Adam Vincent, HMI and Subject Lead for Art and Design, explains why art and design education is important and what good art and design teaching should include.

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April 2023


Art and Design curriculum

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

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November 2021


How to be Ofsted Ready

Key question to be asked when preparing for an Ofsted inspection.

Download the Support files HERE

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March 2021

Additional resources

Art and Design Subject Leaders Ofsted are coming tomorrow Article by Sue Brown

Art techniques to teach children


Pencils, Drawing and Sketching - Basic Techniques

An introduction to Pencils and sketching techniques in the classroom

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Water colour - Basic Techniques

An introduction to using water colour paints in the classroom

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Acrylic Paint - Basic Techniques

An introduction to using acrylic paints in the classroom

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Colour Science Basics

An introduction to basic colour science, mixing and using the colour wheel in the classroom

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Art techniques CPD + example videos

September 2022

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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

Diane Alber

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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.

Mixed. A Colourful Story

Arree Chung 

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“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.

The Museum

Susan Verde

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“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.

Hey Wall

Susan Verde

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“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.​

The Noisy Paint Box

Barb Rosenstock

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“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.​

Henri's Scissors

Jeanette Winter

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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 

Paul Carney Arts

Paul is a nationally recognised art & design consultant having delivered specialist art CPD in schools, colleges, galleries, and Universities across the UK and for the UK’s leading training providers. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and a former Council member for the NSEAD, which means he is involved in national art education policy issues.

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Designing a progressive Primary School Art & Design Curriculum.

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Guidance on developing a progressive and coherent Art & Design curriculum, ideal for Primary Art Coordinators.


Guidance on teaching pupils skills in Art & Design,

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Guidance for Primary Teachers on the best you tube links to use to teach pupils develop skills in art & design


Progression in drawing skills KS1&2. Stands alone.

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Exemplar materials to show how pupils drawing skills should develop across KS1 & 2


Strategies for the effective use of annotation at GCSE.

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An explanation on how to teach GCSE students to use effective annotation in order to boost their grades


Effective Approaches to Assessment in Art & Design

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An explanation of the 8 key principles underpinning effective assessment in Art design at all key stages

Websites to inspire art.

Royal Academy of Arts

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The Big Draw



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Arts Award

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The Art Newspaper

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Google Arts & Culture

Linked Research

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A Summary of Ofsted's Art Research Review for Teachers and Leaders

Marc Hayes - Published 26 February 2023

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Ofsted - Research review series: art and design
Published 22 February 2023

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