Art & Design

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

Through studying art, children can learn about, enjoy, and participate in an aspect of life that draws on and displays human creativity, imagination and thought.

The art curriculum at Millfields Primary School aims to provide all pupils with the opportunity to explore their creativity and develop their confidence as artists. We believe that through art, pupils can develop critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, and a deeper appreciation for the world around them.

At Millfields, the children are given the opportunity to practise and develop their skills in drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, printing, textiles and digital media. Children become familiar with a wide range of artists and craftspeople, spanning history and cultures. In lessons, children are introduced to artists working with a variety of media and are encouraged to discuss and analyse artwork, furthering their understanding of the art and artists and using artistic vocabulary to describe and discuss the art they are exploring.


Sketchbooks are introduced to the children from Reception at Millfields. They provide the children with a space where they can explore and experiment with new techniques and media. The sketchbook is used across Millfields’ art curriculum. As well as being used as a place where children can explore and refine their techniques and use of media, they are also where children can record their research about artists and artwork, develop their ideas and evaluate their work.

The Wivenhoe Art Trail
Every year, the children participate in the Wivenhoe Art Trail. The art trail is run to support and promote the work of artists living in Wivenhoe. An exhibiting artist delivers an introductory assembly to the children each year, where the intention of the trail is shared and the artist demonstrates how they create their own artwork. The children then have the opportunity to create their own works of art which are displayed in a public space for the local community and visitors to the art trail to see. The children create their artworks using a range of media, and base their creations on a particular style or artist.

The Wivenhoe Art Trail gives the children a wonderful opportunity to exhibit their art as artists in their own right.

Art Leader - Miss Ginny Sowman

Art Link Governor - Mrs Gail Bennett

Part of the Arts team.