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Nightingales Class

In Nightingales Class children are taught to:

  • use a  range of materials creatively
  • design and make products
  • use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape form and space.
  • appreciate the works of a range of artists, craft makers and designers
  • describe differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines
  • make links between different practices and disciplines and their work.

Children will explore the techniques of line, shape, tone, colour and texture.


Children will be taught to improve their knowledge and practise their skills in:

  • Drawing using mixed media
  • Painting – using colours and colour mixing
  • Collage
  • Drawing – Expressive mark making using dots and lines
  • Painting like Georgia O’keefe
  • Sculpture – working with nature


To support their development children will study the works of the following artists:

  • Rita Greer – ‘The great fire of London’
  • Henri Matisse – ‘The Desert’ and ‘Harmony in Red’
  • Paul Klee – ‘Castle and Sun’
  • Van Gogh – ‘Fishing Boats’ and ‘ Self portrait’
  • Pablo Picasso – ‘Le Hihibou’, ‘Le Chameau’ and ‘Le Chien’
  • Georgia O’Keefe – ‘Oriental Poppies’
  • Andy Goldsworthy – ‘Nettle Stalks’ and ‘Thorns of Hawthorn Trees’

Term / Red Cycle 


Teaching Unit  


Formal Elements / Lesson  Focus

Key Artworks 

To be used as stimulus for discussion and practical work 

Aut 1




Mixed Media 

 Light & dark 

Shape & line  

Blending & toning 

Rita Greer: 

The Great Fire of London 1666 

Spr 1



Colours and Painting  

Mixing primary colours 

Warm and Cool Colours 

Imaginary Landscape 

Henry Matisse: 

The Desert: Harmony in Red  

Sum 1






Imaginary Places 

Shapes to cut and stick 


Paul Klee: 

Castle and sun

Teaching Unit  

Blue Cycle 

Skill Area  

Formal Elements / Lesson Focus 

Key Artworks 

To be used as stimulus for discussion and practical work 

Autumn 2




Expressive mark making with dots and lines  

Shape & line (animals)   

Self-portraits with tone 

Vincent Van Gogh: 

Fishing Boats at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer 

Pablo Picasso:  

Le Hibou (The Owl) 

Le Chameau (The camel) 

Le Chien (The dog) 

Vincent Van Gogh: Self-portrait , in pen & ink (1887) 

Spring 2





Painting like Georgia O’Keeffe 

The viewpoint of a bee 

Painting the flower 

As small as a bee, like Georgia O’keeffe 

Georgia O’Keeffe:  

Oriental Poppies 

Summer 2






Working with nature 



Using nature to make art 


Proposal of art for public space 


Andy Goldsworthy: 

 Nettle Stalks 

 Thorns of hawthorn trees 



Nightingales Artist Gallery