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  • Nursery
  • Reception
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6

Art and Design

Art and Design Leader


Miss Knowles

To link with our science topic on 'Rocks, soils and fossils', year 3 have studied the wor of the sculpture Barbara Hepworth.

Year 3 have studied L.S. Lowry. Look at the amazing work we created.

What the National Curriculum requires in art and design at KS1 and KS1


Key Stage 1
Pupils should be taught:

  • 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 desgners, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


Key Stage 2
Pupils should be 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.


Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve the mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history



Spring Term Art Week

Year 5 and 6 - 'Leon' inspired art

Year 4 - Digestive system inspired art

Year 3 - Stone age inspired art


To end their topic on the stone age Year 3 created some fantastic jewellery and cave paintings. First they manipulated clay in to different shapes to create the beads for their necklaces. Next they painted their beads in different shades of red and brown to mimic the natural colours used in the stone age. Finally they threaded their beads on to strings to make their finished products. For their cave paintings year 3 used brown paper to replicate the stone walls these paintings are found on and chalks for the images.

Have a look at 3CH's fantastic Stone Age jewellery!

Year 2 - Andy Warhol inspired art

Year 1 - Thermal image inspired art

LO: To  use colours to create a mood

As part of our topic work on hot and cold climates Year 1 have been investigating hot and cold colours. They looked at thermal images of different animals and tried to guess what they were and which climate they lived in based on the colours they could see. Then they used ipads to explore their class room to see which parts were hot and which were cold. They were surprised by what they found!  After that they used special sketching pencils of different thicknesses to draw the outlines of different animals. Finally they used watercolour paints in hot and cold colours to add in details of each animal.

Reception - inspired art

Nursery - inspired art

Year 1 - Winter Trees

Year 1 have created some beautiful winter art work using coloured paper and watercolour paints. First  they needed to creat their winter backgrounds so needed to think about what colours made them think of the cold. They chose light blue, dark blue purple and white. Next they used watercolour paints to create circles and swirls that they blended together to look like the wind. Whilst their water colours dried they cut out strips of coloured sugar paper to create the bare branches of a tree shillouette. When the back grounds were dry they arranged their pieces and stuck them down. Finally they used white poster paint to add in falling snow. We think they look beautiful and we are sure you will agree! 

Year 1 - Planets with Mrs Cull

On Wednesday Mrs Cull came to our class to help us create some comic art work. In order to create the finished product we had to use three different mediums; marbling inks, chalks and paints. We have never used marbling inks before and were amazed how each planet looked completely different each planet looked. Check out the pictures below to see us completing each stage of our pictures before finally putting each element together to create our final product.

Using chalks to create our backgrounds.
Using marbling inks to create planet Earth.
Using paints to create craters on the moon.
The finished product! We think you'll agree that they look pretty space-ial!

Year 1 - Pastel planets

Year 1 have been thinking about the planets that are in space and why some are hot and some are cold. Because they have never seen these planets they started to think about what they might look like. They used pastels to create a pictures of what we thought these planets might look like thinking about which colours had hot tones and which had cold tones. They had to try and blend the colours together to make swirly patterns. It was very messy but lots of fun!

Autumn Term Art Week

At Holden Clough we are proud to say we are a creative school so during the Autumn 1 term we help an art week to help show off the incredible skills of our children. The children were asked to produce work linked to either an illustrator or a famous artist. We were all so proud of the work the children produced that we decided to create this amazing gallery to showcase their work. Next time you visit school why not come for a closer look. The wall will be updated each term so keep your eyes open for more sensational work!

Year 3CH - L.S.Lowry Paintings

As part of our Art Week Year 3 have been studying the the work of L.S. Lowry. They carefully looked at his industrial landscapes and portraits to learn more about his style and techniques. During their studies they learnt that Lowry would create a very pale background against which to place his figures, making them stand out. After that, they thought about how his art work tells us about life at this time and used pastels to create a landscape scene  and portraits in the style of L.S. Lowry.

Year 1TK - Stick Man Illustrations

As part of Art Week Year 1 decided to recreate an illustration from a book they have read in class. They decided to link our art work to our autumn topic and re-style an illustration from Stick Man. First they used pencils of different thicknesses to sketch a picture from the story of Stick Man jogging. Next they discussed what colours we would find in the autumn time and decided on reds, yellows, browns and oranges. They then used Water colour paints to blend together colours for our back grounds. Finally They collected some autumn leaves and stuck them to the bottom of the picture to create the illusion of Stick Man running though an autumn scene. Year 1 had lots of fun and enjoyed developing their artistic skills.
Blending our autumn backgrounds.
Attaching our autumn leaves


During the spring term Year 2 decided to learn about observational drawings and chose to draw daffodils for our Easter cards. We looked at daffodils and practiced sketching the different parts of the flower, such as; petals, leaves, trumpet and stem. Afterwards we painted our sketches with water colours, as you can see they did a fantastic job!
As part of our Chinese New Year celebrations each year group produced their own Chinese art work. Here are some pictures of Year 2 creating marbling and charcoal dragon pictures. They used milk with a little bit of red and yellow poster paint mixed with water and washing up liquid to make their amazing backgrounds, as well as using charcoal to draw the outline of their Chinese dragons. Different thickness drawing pencils were then used to add the details. It looks very messy but lots of fun! A selection of each year groups art work will soon be displayed in Holden Clough's art gallery. Keep a look out!

Year 2 Snowman landscapes

Year 2 have been experimenting with pastels to make northern light inspired backgrounds for their fantastic 'Snowman' scenes.

Christmas card competition

In November Local MP Angela Rayner set a challenge to the school children of Tameside; to design a Christmas card that she could send to her Parliamentary and Labour Party colleagues, relatives, friends and constituents. Here are some pictures of Year 2 hard at work on their designs.
More than 500 entries submitted by local school children however the competition was won by Holden Clough's very own Summer! Ms Rayner popped into Holden Clough to present Summer with a framed copy of her winning design, a special certificate and £10 gift voucher! Well Done Summer!

Year 3 had fun finding out about Mediterranean artists and creating our own Picasso works of art with a partner!


Nursery and the Hungry Caterpillar


Over the summer term Nursery have been looking at the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'and found out that caterpillars eat so much food so that they are able to turn into butterflies. They decided to make their own beautiful butterfly and chose different materials to crate a collage of colours and textures for their butterflies wings. As you can see they have done a wonderful job!

Year 1 bird ornaments

During Year 1's topic, studying common garden birds of the UK, they decided to make their own bird ornaments...out of bread! First they needed to draw around a cardboard bird template with felt tip pen. Then they carefully cut out the shape (starting with the crusts as this was the heaviest part). After that they asked a teacher to help them pierce the beard to create a hole for the string. Next they evaluated pictures of robins and bluetits to decide which colours feathers were light and which were dark colours. Finally they used poster paint mixed with PVA glue to paint on the feathers, starting with the lightest colour. We think they look fantastic and are sure you will agree!

 Nursery and Monet

Nursery have been investigating Monet's watercolour paintings. Together they identified the different colours used in his painting and created their own  mini-masterpieces using the same colours.

Year 1 Kandinksy inspired art


During the spring term Year 1 studied the some of the work of Wassily Kandinsky. First they looked at how he used simple colours and 2D shapes to create mesmerising pictures. In order to challenge themselves when recreating this work Year 1 decided that if they used squares in their picture it must be coloured red; triangles must be blue and circles must be yellow. However to make things even trickier if two of the primary colours/shapes overlapped this part must be coloured in the secondary colour. As you can see below these pictures took a lot of concentration but look very effective!

After that they looked at how Kandinsky used simple lines and shading to create beautiful landscapes. Year 1 decided to create a landscape picture based on either a hot or cold setting (the Sahara Desert or the North Pole). First they used different thickness pencils to draw the simple landscape outlines and then used different tones of hot and cold colours to add the detail of their pictures. In order to create these beautiful landscapes the children needed to use their noticing skills to decide where they needed to use light or dark tones. We think they have done an amazing job!

Year 3 blossom and flower pictures

Easter Cards


We know that at Holden Clough we are one big family and as part of our Easter week we wanted to promote our school value of Togetherness by spreading warm Easter wishes.  Each Key Stage was given different success criteria and asked to design an Easter card to give to someone in another class. We had a brilliant time making our cards and it was really exciting receiving them too!  Below are some examples of the fantastic cards we made.


LO:  I can create a card for another person

  • I can make a 3D card
  • I can use at least 2 different mediums to decorate my card
  • I can write a rhyming verse for the middle of my card
Year 6
Year 6 (inside)


LO:  I can create a card for another person

  • I can choose an animal linked to Easter
  • I can use a body part to print part of the image
  • I can use at 2 different mediums to decorate my card
Year 1
Year 2
Year 1 making their Easter cards

Year 1 Autumn Leaf Collages


To create their autumn leaf collages Year 1 went outside and collected fallen leaves. They then coloured the trunks of the trees using brown crayons.  After that they placed their leaves on to the card to decide where they wanted to stick them. Finally they covered their leaves in PVA glue so that they would not crumble.

Year 6 scary marbling pictures

DO NOT send your child into school if they have any ONE of the following symptoms: (1) A HIGH TEMPERATURE (this mean they feel hot to the touch on their back or chest) - (2) A NEW, CONTINUOUS COUGH (this means coughing a lot, for more than one hour, or 3 or more coughing episode within 24 hours) - (3) A LOSS OR CHANGE TO SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE (this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal)