Art and Design

'Every human is an artist.' Don Miguel Ruiz
Subject Intent

At St John’s Church of England Academy, we wholly embrace our local community and environment and have enhanced our curriculum through ‘Foresters’ Forest’ led enquiries to ensure that our children have a better appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of The Forest of Dean. 

We believe that art and design helps to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.

St John’s Church of England Academy is committed to encouraging pupils’ curiosity and creativity, allowing them to think critically and develop a thorough understanding of art and its place in the world, including how it reflects our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

We review the work of a wide range of artists and designers within art history and culture as well as modern local artists. We feel that this better equips our children to see local and world issues from other people’s perspectives.

Curriculum Drivers
Through the delivery of our curriculum, we want our children to be ready for life beyond St John's Church of England Academy.
We aspire for them to be:

As an Artist we want our children…

To develop the skills of creating different forms of art using a range of techniques inspired by famous artist’s work.

To recognise when art is from different cultures and historical periods and to understand the importance of art to communicate ideas and feelings.

By teaching art and design, we aim to ensure pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Become proficient in drawing and painting, sculpture and other art techniques.
  • Can evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art.
  • Know about great artists and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • Enjoy an active involvement in art.
  • Have the confidence and skills to communicate their ideas through their artwork.
  • Have opportunities to experience a broad and balanced range of art activities and show progression within these.
  • Become visually literate and able to identify and apply the key elements of art.
  • Are given equal access to the experience of art, regardless of their gender, race or disability.
  • Can successfully choose the correct tools and materials to create art. 



The impact and measure of our art and design curriculum is to ensure that children at St John’s Church of England Academy are equipped with the artistic skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.

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