Our Intent:

At Sea Mills Primary School we aim to inspire children to be creative. Through a variety of opportunities to explore different types of media, children are able to challenge themselves to reach their own potential within this subject. We encourage them to consider themselves as ‘Artists’ and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Our Art framework embrace the aims and beliefs that are based upon the national curriculum.

We aim to ensure that all pupils can:

  • Produce creative work that is subjective to them.
  • Become proficient artists by the end of each key stage through opportunities to draw, paint and use sculpture.
  • Evaluate and gain knowledge about great artists, craft makers and designers.

Our Approach:

At Sea Mills Primary, every child experiences being an Artist. These opportunities are embedded into termly learning opportunities led through different enquiry units. Each child records different skills in their own personal sketchbooks. The work within these are a reflection of each child’s own designs and show progression throughout their learning journey. They also make and design work that is shared in their classrooms and visible throughout the school in engaging displays of learning.

In Early Years and Key Stage 1 pupils are encouraged to become artists by:

Trying and using a range of materials to explore, design and create.

Drawing, painting and exploring different shades and tones.

Exploring a range of artists and begin to formulate opinions about their work.

In Key Stage 2, Pupils are encouraged to become artists by:

Consolidating and revisiting the use of different media.

Improving their mastery of art and design techniques that include drawing, painting and sculpture.

Proving and consolidating knowledge about great artists and designers and consider their history.

Artists Year Overview

Artists Y1 – Y6 year overview

How to help your child at home to become Artists

As Artists, we encourage all of the children at Sea Mills Primary School to explore their creativity and by doing this, ensure that their art work is subjective to them. Why not explore the following links at home with your child to help them do this:  

Please follow the link below and the PDF document to find lots of Art activities for your children to engage with at home. These have been created by the RWA in Bristol. We are always here to support you become fantastic Artists and hope you enjoy being creative!

Take a look at our Sea Mills Primary Artists….

2020-21 Gallery

Please take a look at all of the children’s work as ‘Artists’ this year. Their fantastic work is displayed around the school and will be built upon during the academic year. We are incredibly proud of their creativity and high aspirations. All classes from EYFS to Year 6 have used different tools to create a variety of Art work that is expressive and innovative. We are all very proud of their hard work!

Remembrance Poppies

During Term 1 and , our EYFS, KS1 and KS2 children all created their own poppies to honour remembrance day.

This was also a way of showcasing our work as Artists to all members of our community.

Well done everyone for your fantastic effort as Artists!




Sea Mills Primary showcases the children’s work as Artists and Engineers in lots of different ways. Take a look at the variety of art work that this is all across the school…

Mrs Randall liaised with a member of the sea mills community who kindly donated some famous art work. This has contributed to our very own art gallery! 

Lots of classes have been making cross curricular links between their writing and then expressing this as Artists.

The children at Sea Mills have high aspirations to become artists and engineers but most of all.. have lots of fun! We hope you enjoy seeing their creativity shine through.

Bristol Museum KS2 Art Trip
During Term 2, Year 5 and 6 enjoyed learning and consolidating their knowledge about great Artists and Designers. They visited Bristol Museum to evaluate a range of historical art work and learn about the different design techniques. The challenge was to consider the history of the art work and improve their own mastery learning of art and design.

Window Wanderland Whole School Event 2020
All children across Sea Mills worked hard to create some wonderful art work for the Window Wanderland Display. We worked incredibly hard as a whole school. Miss Bathgate liaised with Sea Mills Surgery to showcase their amazing pieces and the feedback was wonderful. Well done to everyone for a fantastic event.

KS2 Sculptures

In Year 5, the children have been using clay to sculpt in different ways. They made pots from different cultures for their enquiry. It is fantastic to see classes regularly making cross curricular links such as this to; R.E and PSHE.

Shakespeare Portrait Competition

Miss Bathgate and Mr Kinnear worked together during English week. We gave each class a challenge to design their own portraits of Shakespeare. The children in Year 2 and 3 worked hard to use sketching pencils to explore different shading techniques.

Nursery and EYFS Art Exploration

In our fantastic Nursery unit, the staff have been working hard to ensure each individual child can express themselves whilst being artists. They have provided paints and large scale paper to allow them to mark make in lots of different ways. A note from Michelle Frankom (Room Leader) describes a snippet of learning within our nursery:
Following the children’s interests of mark making at the easel and whilst stood using their core strength and gross motor skills, stretching up to mark make in front of them, we thought it would be great to continue this interest by adding paper to the walls. This encouraged so many of the Tulip children to join in and be creative together. Here they are using silky sticks which glide as they make their artistic creations. Not only was this a great activity for the children to explore their physical and creative skills it also provided fantastic opportunities for communicating; supporting the children’s speech and language through commenting on the different colours they were using and using descriptive words for what it felt like and what they were creating. Once the display was up and the children could see the pictures of themselves joining in with the activity this sparked lovely conversations with adults as they recalled what they had done, pointing to their pictures and the part of the artwork that they understood to be theirs. Children were also recognising their friends, pointing to them and naming them.’

KS1 Pointillism Art

For their enquiry, Year 2 children used dots to create their own versions of this art medium. They used poster paint and slim paint brushes to make their own versions. Well done for fantastic concentration and enthusiasm being artists.


Whilst being Artist, Year 6 took the opportunity to use our new flexible seating arrangements.  They children really enjoyed this and it is something that we will embrace across the curriculum as the year progresses.

Fossil Making

After learning about fossils earlier in the week, the children enjoyed moulding clay and creating their very own.

A selection of art and design work  from across Early Years to KS1

Year 5 exploring Spanish Art

Year 6 love to enjoy creative activities. Here we are creating our own solar systems!