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Art has always been a key aspect of the curriculum at Aboyne and a place where creativity is celebrated. We plan and deliver a high-quality art and design education that engages, inspires and challenges 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 learn to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. 


Early Years


Children participate in expressive art and design.  They are encouraged to be creative and use their imagination.  They have opportunities to use a variety of materials such as pencil crayon, wax crayon, paint and to create sculptures from clay and junk modelling.


Key Stage 1


Children are taught:


  • to produce creative work, exploring ideas and recording experiences in sketchbooks

  • 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.


Key Stage 2


Children are 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.


They learn:


  • to create sketchbooks 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 such as pencil, charcoal, paint and clay

  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

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