Art Policy

Within a happy and caring environment and based on the recognition of the dignity and worth of each child, high standards are expected.

Intellectual development is emphasised and fostered along with the pursuit of academic excellence.

Craigclowan aims to encourage an active partnership between home, school, and the wider community.

Aims & Objectives

  • To develop children’s visual literacy and aesthetic awareness in order to facilitate enjoyment and an appreciation of Art.
  • To promote confidence and skill in the creation of artwork and encourage the children to respond to the world about them.
  • To promote cognitive development by including questioning, problem solving, decision making, and imagination.
  • To enable children to use different materials, tools and media and to develop a variety of skills and techniques.
  • To encourage children to make their own interpretations and self evaluations and to foster a sense of enjoyment and achievement.
  • To provide children with a vocabulary to talk about Art.
  • To begin to develop an understanding of the work of other artists and use that to enhance their own work.
  • To identify and solve problems in visual and tactile form.
  • To develop the children’s fine and gross motor skills and handling of simple equipment.
  • To develop an understanding of the Visual Elements: line, tone, texture, pattern, colour, shape, space and form.
  • To develop the children’s ability to work in pairs and groups, discussing their work and solving problems.
  • To develop links with other curriculum areas.
  • To use tools safely.
  • To use materials economically and leave them in a fit state to be used by others.

Use of Materials, Techniques, Skills & Colour

Through progression at each stage children are given the opportunity to experiment with the following:

  • Drawing: Pencil, Crayon, Colouring Pencils, Chalk, Oil Pastels, Charcoal, Paint (Acrylic and Watercolour)
  • Painting Techniques: Use of Brushes, Printing, Stencils and Sprays
  • Modelling: Masks, Paper Mache, Mod Roc Figures and Clay
  • Collage: Paper, Variety of materials and Fabric.

Planning, Structure, Progression and Continuity

The art curriculum will develop the children’s skill base in Art, however, cross curricular links are made as much as possible to make the work more meaningful. The children should be given opportunities to experience different approaches to Art including, group, pair and whole class work. In order to develop visual literacy, the following elements should be taught starting in Year 6:
Colour, Line, Pattern, Texture, Tone, Shape, Space and Form.

Teaching Time and Space

Years 6 > 8 have 70 minutes of structured Art each week. This is based in an extremely colourful Art Room.


Within the course of the academic year, each child should have at least one piece of artwork on display. Work selected for display should range across abilities but should reflect each child’s good work. Where appropriate, displays should have an explanation of the techniques used to produce the artwork. Displays should be repaired and maintained as necessary and updated regularly.

Art Scholarship

We have had very successful Art Scholars to Strathallan, Glenalmond and Kilgraston.

Each candidate must produce a large portfolio of work they have completed over 2 years. Within that portfolio they must produce 6 > 8 sheets which contain themes that they are interested in. Each sheet could contain up to 5 pictures.

Examples of themes: Plants, Landscape, Fruit, Portrait, Africa, and Shells.

For each theme candidates must:

  • Show different angles, close ups and sections
  • Show they can use different medias.
  • Contain postcards and images of artists which have influenced them.


Candidates must be able to show they can use the following media: Pencil, Pen and Ink, Coloured Pencil, Chalk, Oil Pastel,
Watercolour and Acrylic Paint.

What Else?

Each candidate must have a full sketch book, with many images and pictures they have drawn over time
Modelling: Masks, Jewellery, Clay Bowls, and Figures.

  • Have proof they have visited Art Galleries.
  • A study about an artist that may influence them.