Stanford School

Stanford Junior and Infant School

Living together - Learning together

Cooper Lane, Laceby, Grimsby
NE Lincolnshire DN37 7AX
Tel. 01472 318003
Contact. Miss King (Business Manager)

Art and Design

Implementation: The Art and Design curriculum is purposeful and relevant to the pupils. The knowledge and skills pupils acquire, build on their previous learning, allowing them to transfer key skills, knowledge and concepts to their long-term memories.

Impact: We are proud of the achievements of our pupils in Art and Design. Our pupils fluently apply their skills and knowledge within Art and Design and make connections to their existing knowledge and to other curriculum areas.

At Stanford School, pupils are encouraged to develop their understanding and enjoyment of a variety of media and processes so that they can record, communicate and express their ideas, thoughts and feelings in many different ways. The pupils gain a developing awareness of the wide range of work by artists and designers from different times and cultures including those from their own locality. The pupils are encouraged to respond and evaluate their own and other’s work.

We have visiting artists to the school to enhance the pupil’s knowledge and learning and to provide further inspiration.

Our Intent: For Art and Design at Stanford School we offer the children:

  • The ability to use visual language skillfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers and designers.
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.

From the Early Years to Year 6 children develop a wide range of art skills and use these to create fantastic work to display.


Willow class created some beautiful artwork and some wonderfully descriptive poetry as we learned about Remembrance.

Enterprise Project

Juniper class started to complete their enterprise project, ready to sell at the Christmas Fayre. One of the projects we are creating are rag wreaths.

Can I make a replica of an Egyptian Cartouche?

A cartouche is an Egyptian nameplace which the Egyptians would put on a sarchophagus so a person's soul would recognise their body when they reached the afterlife. To make this the children used clay to make their shape. They had to figure out how to write their name in hieroglyphics and carefully etch their name into the clay. Our next step is to wait for them to dry, then paint them to look authentic. Watch out for the finished products!!

Black History Month

The children in Pumpkin Class have been finding out all about the life of American artist Alma Thomas.

They discovered that during her life she had been treated very unfairly because of the colour of her skin.

The children enjoyed exploring her art work and found her colourful pictures inspiring and so they decided to create some of their own.


We have really enjoyed painting our families.

Can I create a replica of papyrus?

On our hook day we learnt that the Egyptians were one of the first civilisations to create ‘paper’ which they called papyrus. They used parts of the papyrus plan which they wove together. We used strips of paper which we laid out in strips and glued together. When they are dry we are going to use them to make Egyptians drawings.

Can I recreate an Egyptian Necklace?

On our hook day we researched Egyptian jewellery. We found out that they were big, had lots of blues & golds in them and a lot had eagles on them. We used a paper plate to make the base of our necklace, created a design and started to paint them. We can’t wait to show you them when we’ve finished.

Nature Photography

In Year 6, we were inspired by Andy Goldsworthy to create, and photograph, some Nature Art. We used the Nature Area and school field to collect materials of different shape, size, texture and colour to create our 3D art pieces.

We created flowing patterns in concentric circles and explored different filters with camera. We will continue learning about different effects and filters using the cameras - keep checking our class blog for updates!

Clay coins

We looked carefully at a range of artefacts from Roman times including coins. We decided to design and create our own coin in Art and design. We experimented with using different tools to shape the clay and carve in our designs. We included our year of birth which we wrote in Roman numerals. We used a range of metallic paints to complete our coins.

Parts of a Plant

On Friday, Pumpkin Class created collages with felt to show our knowledge of parts of a plant. In Science we have learnt about the different parts of a plant and their purpose. We used our art skills of collage to cut felt and create our masterpieces. What do you think?

When civil rights, history & music combine with art

In music we have listened to a piece of music by The Beatles called ‘Blackbird’. When we investigated further we discovered that Paul McCartney created this piece of music after he learnt about the struggles of civil rights for black people in America. We researched further into how people of colour were treat in history including slavery in America. We looked at the piece of music again to further understand the music then we created a piece of art to accompany this track.

Here is the link if you would like to listen to this poignant piece of music while you enjoy our art - Blackbird

Make Do & Mend

In history we learned about how people would need to repair and re-use their clothing during World War 2. During this time, one quarter of the population were in services that required uniform, so clothes manufacturing had to prioritise this. Ordinary people at home would therefore need to "make do and mend". Manufacturing toys was not a priority because the factories were re-purposed for the war effort, meaning that some families would take to making their own toys. Inspired by this piece of history, in Year 5 we have been making our own toy bunnies out of our old socks!

Year 1 Art: Fantastic Flames!

The Year 1 children are enjoying learning all about The Great Fire of London. In Art, they made fire and flame effects by experimenting with ripped and layered tissue paper.

A- My fire looks really hot. K- I am bending the tissue paper to make it look like the flames are moving. E- I scrunched up small bits, to look like sparks from the fire. E- If you put a different colour over the top, you get a new colour. H- I have enjoyed tearing the paper and making different shapes.

Tree Collages

Over the past three weeks Pumpkin Class have been creating tree collages using pumpkin seeds. We have already looked at why trees were important to humans, animals and the environment so we decided some art work would go nicely with this work. It took several weeks to design, create and paint the pieces. Here are some of our finished pieces:

Can I create a Mexican Mirror?

The Maya come from Central America. One of the countries situated in this area is Mexico. We thought we would bring some colour into the classroom by making our own Mexican mirrors. Central America is known for its bright colours and the intricate decorations.

The children enjoyed making them and they look really effective.

Mayan Masks

On our hook day we learnt a little bit about the Mayan culture. We found out that there are lots of similarities with the Egyptians as the Mayan temples were pyramid shaped and they also put the bodies of important people in sarcophagus and put death masks on the bodies so they could be recognised in the afterlife. We then looked at different types of masks and tried to create our own. The children had to design their mask and the use tiny bits of paper to create a mosaic effect. It was very fiddly and took a lot of sticking to complete each mask but the children persevered and made some fantastic masks.

Y4 Science & Art come together

As a part of Science Week the children had to design their own ‘Robobug’ which could be built to use in space exploration. Today the children were able to finish off their creations and give them some colour. Here is a selection of them. I could just imagine them in space. They look amazing!

Landscape Art

Wow! Well done to one of our very talented pupils in Y6 - a remarkable canvas art shared with the class! A wonderful masterpiece!

Jewellery designers - Can I make a bracelet?

In Art we have looked at different types of jewellery. Today we looked at bracelets and had a go at making our own by weaving wool. The children really had to concentrate to make sure they were following the pattern and to ensure that the wool didn’t get knotted. It was also very therapeutic and the children enjoyed making them.

Well-being Wednesday Activities – Can I design a charm or a pendant?

In Art we have been learning about jewellery. Today we learnt about Tiffany & Co. We looked at the pendants & charms that they have on necklaces & bracelets. The children were tasked to design a pendant/charm and then make a large scale model using salt dough. They loved moulding and sculpting the dough to bring their creations to life. We can’t wait to paint them !!

Year 2 History: Learning all about Florence Nightingale

As part of their History work on Florence Nightingale, the children in Pumpkin Class watched a video showing them how to draw her. Here are their fantastic drawings!

School's Virtual Art Gallery

Take a look at this wonderful virtual art exhibition: 'A View from my Window.'

Year 1 Art: Can I learn about the Artist Arcimboldo?

Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1527-1593 became famous for his unusual portrait paintings. He liked to create weird and wonderful faces with flowers, vegetables and books. Here the Year 1 children have explored his famous fruit faces and created some of their own.

Making Jewellery

We have been learning about different gems and where they come from, then we had a go at making them by drawing on stones and sticking them with glue. The children loved it and had lots of fun. Don’t they look lovely?

Frida Kahlo

In Art we are studying the artist Frida Kahlo. Barley Class pupils drew some fantastic self portraits in their task set this week. Mrs Smith enjoyed seeing our talented artists who sent in their remote learning task.

Christmas Cards

We have been very creative with our Christmas cards this year. The children created a snow scene where a snowman is watching TV….but… there is a hidden surprise on the TV. When you scan it with your camera on your phone you can see what the snowman is watching! How clever!!!

A Moving Picture

We linked several aspects of our learning to create a moving picture. In Art we have been learning about how the Victorian’s believed in hand-made crafts rather than mass produced items. We have also researched the toys & games that Victorian children liked to play with and we decided to make a ‘toy’ with moving parts. We found some templates online and we used them to make templates. We cut out the shapes in card and used split pins to put the parts together. We then mounted them so they looked like toys in a nursery. As they looked so great we chose to use them as our calendars for next year. Don’t they look fabulous?

Drawing Competition

Pumpkin class have been drawing the kings and camels who visited Jesus. This is for a church competition and here are some of our entries. We all have our fingers crossed that we might win!


Juniper Class really enjoyed creating cartouches. They followed their plans carefully. The next step will be painting them. The finished product will be sold as part of our enterprise project.

Ancient Greek Masks

Barley Class used a range of art techinique and skills to add the final touches to their Ancient Greek comedy and tragedy masks. The styles and colours used linked closely to the styles of the Nacient Greeks- Well done Barkey task for your artistic flare!

3D Masks

Barley class continued with their tragedy mask project- this week we started to build the 3D effect of the mask using newspaper. We concentrated on the key features within our masks to ensure these elements stand out when we use the mod roc next week.

Collage Art

Year 5 created some fabulous art, using collage as a background and adding details of animal faces on top. These are now proudly displayed around the school.

Mask Making

Barley class completed the next step in creating their own comedy and tragedy masks- They took their initial design and cut this out using cardboard. Kepp a look out as our next step will be using Modroc to make our masks 3D

Chalk Drawing

In Green Bubble we drew pictures to celebrate someone’s birthday!

Ocean Life

In our first week as Turquoise Bubble we looked at the creatures in the Ocean. First we turned ourselves into deep sea divers then we made junk jelly fish and an ocean diorama. The children had lots of fun being creative.
Miss Perrin

Can I use tints and shades to create tone to my painting?

We explored some flower paintings by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe to look as how she made them look 3D.

We then tried really hard to add tints and shades to our flower paintings.

Rainbow Collage

Children have coloured their rainbow and used various collage materials including orange lentils, purple sand and blue shiny paper.

Creating Pictish Stones

A Pictish stone is a type of monument that the Picts used to carve symbols. They decorated them with designs or wrote on them using the ogham alphabet. During Poppy classes’ Art lesson, we looked at the Pictish stones. We designed one using the ogham alphabet and then made them using clay. The children had lots of fun making them.

Botanical Illustrations

We have been exploring botanical studies in art. We took samples of plants from our playground and had ago at improving our observational skills to create our own botanical illustrations.

Pop-up puppets

Linked to our toy town work Seedlings class have been combining and joining materials together to make a pop-up puppet. They painted a face, added hair and cut and shaped materials to create a pop-up hat!

Exploring the famous artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1527-1593

The Sunflower's have been finding out about Arcimboldo and have been fascinated with his fruit and vegetable faces.

Arcimboldo is well known today for painting portraits of people made out of different types of fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. He would pick food that had a connection to whatever he was painting. For example, when creating a picture of autumn, he used fruit and vegetables that grew in autumn.

The Sunflowers have created fruit and vegetable faces of their own using oil pastels and also on the computer.

Can I create a charm for a piece of jewellery?

In Art we are learning about jewellery design & designers. Today we learnt about Tiffany & co who are famous for their elaborate pieces of jewellery.

A lot of their jewellery have pendants or charms on them so we tried making them for ourselves out of clay.

When they are dry we will paint them and make them beautiful.

Can I make a replica of an Anglo-Saxon broach?

As a part of our Hook Event, the class were given an introduction to the Anglo-Saxons. They discovered where they came from and where they fit on the timeline of events in British history. We know a lot about the Anglo-Saxons through the discovery of a burial ship at Sutton Hoo. The Anglo-Saxons were experts at metal work and created some fine pieces of jewellery.

The children then learnt about Jewellery, its uses throughout history, and about the different types of gemstones and their names. We discovered that Anglo-Saxon broaches were often circular, symmetrical, and intricate. They were decorated with gemstones and enamel. The designs were usually made by embossing the metal.

The children were asked to design a broach similar to the ones we have researched. We made the designs by using thick cardboard and string to raise parts of the pattern. The children then covered their brooch with tin foil and gently pressed it down so the pattern emerged through the foil. The brooches were then painted and ‘gems’ were added.

Watch out for pictures of the finished products on this blog!

Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954)

This term, one of our Art objectives is to learn about 'Great artists in history'. We have been studying the self portraits of Frida Kahlo - a surrealist artist in the 1920s - 1950s.

Kahlo mainly painted portraits of herself and was inspired by nature, animals and Mexican artifacts. We have enjoyed learning about a new artist and also discussing how we all interpret her artwork differently.

This particular piece, 'Wounded Deer', generated some very mature and thought provoking ideas;

'It shows that humans and nature should be at peace with each other. The arrows represent the criticism that Kahlo received for going against gender stereotypes - they hurt her, but she still stood strong, like a majestic deer.'

'I think this piece shows that animals and humans are equal but people should not be hunting and hurting animals,'