Inspiring art resources for EYFS and primary

Bring art to life in your early years or primary classroom with these engaging lesson ideas and activities

Nicola Davison

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Art is an incredibly important part of the curriculum. Not only does it offer pupils an alternative way to communicate thoughts and feelings, it also enables them to celebrate multiple perspectives, take risks and solve problems.

We’ve put together this selection of resources and short projects to help you to bring art to life and encourage creativity in your classroom.

Whole school resources

Promote discussion about some of the world’s most famous works of art by displaying these Art of the Week presentation slides in a prominent place in your school. Meanwhile, these colour posters are ideal for classroom displays.

Early years lesson ideas

Go wild with Elmer and friends and create a colourful classroom display with these patchwork elephant templates and accompanying activity ideas

Alternatively, get messy with this Gail Snail clay project or these bear masks and paper bag puppets, which fit in nicely with an animals or nature-themed topic.

Primary lesson ideas

Save time planning for the new curriculum with this detailed yet clear table of objectives covering all primary year groups.

KS1 pupils will enjoy this introduction to Aboriginal art, which includes images and supporting information. Or, combine elements of art and maths with this cross-curricular lesson on Piet Mondrian.

Inspire your KS2 learners with this simple step-by-step portrait drawing presentation or this Matisse-inspired collage lesson, in which pupils make their own versions of some of his most famous works. For a longer-term project, why not try this Kensuke’s Kingdom-themed art pack, containing lots of ideas for creating Japanese-style art, such as origami and kite-making.

Quick links

Whole school Early years
Art of the Week presentation Elmer art activity ideas
Colour poster display Gail Snail clay project
  Masks and puppet-making
Key stage 1 Key stage 2
Aboriginal art introduction Portrait drawing lesson
  Matisse-inspired collage
Mondrian's shape lesson Japanese art pack

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