Untitled (Art Will Save the World), 2019 by David Shrigley

Miss E Douglas



Art Curriculum

Welcome to the St. James Hatcham Art Blog! This is where you will find all the latest information regarding creative arts events throughout the school year and also where you can see what our children have been up to in their art lessons and clubs.




NEW! Artist of the month: Staff’s Choice

Check back here each month to see a new favourite artist from one of our St James teachers! Click the images to enlarge them and read all about a range of famous artists from around the world! Each month there is an art challenge for you to complete. It might be recreating an artist’s work, creating your own inspired by their work, or discussing at home with your family, what you like about the artwork, or how it makes you feel. Have fun!

NEW! Artist of the month: Student’s Choice

This is an exciting new monthly competition that is open to all students at St James. Simply email Miss Douglas at each month outlining your favourite artist and why (bonus points if you can include your favourite artwork by that artist!) and Miss Douglas will choose a winner that will have their favourite displayed here on the art blog and in the school newsletter AND win an arts prize.


At St. James, our creative curriculum ensures that children have access to, and experience art, through a range of mediums and techniques. Below are the key skills that are developed throughout your child’s time at our school:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printing
  • Sculpture and Architecture
  • Textiles and Collage

These experiences provide children with a varied arts curriculum that builds on their knowledge and skills from EYFS through to Year 6. Every child is an artist and deserves to experience the abundant creative culture this world has to offer.

Children study a wide range of artists from throughout history, from across continents and from a range of traditions. They learn to view works of art through questions and build technical vocabulary as they study.

They imitate the work of particular artists to build skills, then develop projects by altering medium, theme, scale, techniques or composition.

Children also have opportunities to engage with our local arts community by visiting local and London art galleries such as The Portrait Gallery, South London Gallery, and Goldsmith’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), the latter of which, is right on our school road!

EYFS provision for Expressive Art and Design

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Expressive Art and Design is embedded throughout the daily provision in Reception.

Creative activities are used as a vehicle and starting point for much of the children’s learning, either through imaginative role play and dressing up, small world story telling,  mask and puppet making, recreating known and imagined story settings, making creatures out of

playdough, clay or leaves, sticks… the choice of materials as a starting point is endless.

The children explore a wide range of materials and media. They explore textures, colour mixing, manipulating and joining, constructing, making decisions and refining their ideas.

The children sing and dance, learn a repertoire of songs, explore sounds and rhythms and recreate their own.

Our intent is to provide children with the materials, resources or activities that facilitate their learning or understanding of a particular topic but if they choose to use these in a different way and with a different outcome that is fine.

Our focus is very much about the process or creating and imagining and the learning journey the children make rather than the end product.

Class Art Projects: