Art at Argyle

fruit Art and Design play an important part in the life of Argyle Primary School. We believe that art education provides opportunities for children to be imaginative, creative and inventive. It engages children and enables them to explore and express feelings in ways that are unique and particular to artistic activity.

Pupils' final outcome is artwork of a very high quality and is displayed in a school gallery as well as around the classrooms to illustrate a cross- curricular approach to learning. In November 2013 we were delighted to have our arts provision acknowledged through thr renewal of our Artsmark Gold Award.

Our rich art curriculum enables pupil’s  to learn about public art and contemporary artists. We believe that children should be aware of the artwork in their surrounding areas and understand the fact that contemporary artists tackle or try to raise awareness of various social issues which directly or indirectly affects the world they are growing up in. This will enhance s change their outlook on the importance of art as a tool in challenging people’s knowledge and appreciation of art as well a opinions.

DSCF0121In addition to their class based art lessons pupils throughout the school take part in numerous art workshops. Every year group visits a prestigious gallery to see an exhibition linked with their learning objective and enhance their understanding of visual art. We have participated in several arts projects which link in with the local and global community. We have also had many exhibitions in a range of galleries and spaces around London including the October Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Swiss Cottage Gallery, SOAS, Trinity Square, Kings Cross Square and the Lauderdale Gallery.

 Our collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts is acknowledged on their website and can be viewed here.

Our Curriculum Overview September 2017

  Autumn Spring    Summer  
Year 1   
  • Blind Drawing
  • Observational Drawing - vegetables and fruit
  • Painting and Printing
  •  Art Around the World  - 
  • Aboriginal art, Indian art - Rangoli patterns
  • Pattern and Colour as elements of art
  •  Matisse collage
  • Block Printing 
  • Water resist technique
Year 2
  •  Fire of London Collage
  • Colour and Line in Art
  • Kandinsky
  • Rothko
  • Jasper Johns
  • Andy Goldsworthy
  • Romald Huzume  recycled structures
Year 3
  •  Cave Drawings
  • Observational Drawings of seeds
  • Positive and Negative Space
  • Blackand White Prints
  • Mouri Art-symbolism
  • Georgia O'Keefe
  • Egyptian Art
  • Hieroglyphs - ink technique
Year 4
  •  Reflection watercolours
  • Monet
  • Mono-prints
  • Roman Mosaics
  •  John Constable - British landscapes
  • David Hockney - rhythm as a principle of art
Year 5
  • Positive and negative space in art
  • Rithko
  • Frieda Kahlo and Harold Hodgkin
  •  Human Body
  • Ancient Greek Art
  •  Tudor Portraits
  • Portraits using collage e.g. Picasso
Year 6
  •  Turner - water reflection
  • Acrylic paint on canvas
  • Fine Drawing skills
  • Still life composition
  • Lino Printing
  •  Howard Hodgkin abstract landscapes
  • American abstract expressionism


 Take a look at Our Amazing Galleries

Click on a photo to view each gallery.

Year 3 took part in a weaving project with the local Redhanded Gallery. The children learned how to create fabric using traditional looms. Parents, pupils, teachers and the local community visited the gallery to see hanging displays of their woven fabric. This was a truly fantastic opportunity.  


Year 3 enjoyed the ceramic making workshop at the Camden Art Centre were they learned  different ways of building methods and decoration techniques using clay.

They created very sophisticated pieces of artwork and learned about the firing process. They also took part in a drawing workshop, working with a professional artist and had the opportunity to respond to art work displayed in the gallery.


Clay Cups



"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." ~ Pablo Picasso

Year 5 learned that Picasso is one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century Art. Picasso was a founder of the 20th century art movement called Cubism. Inspired by this style, pupils painted people and things very differently to how they really look. They painted people with eyes and noses in the wrong places and used bright colours for the background by creating patterns of stripes or diamond shapes or combined them both.


Stained Glass Window at LSE Faith Centre

Argyle children visited the new Saw Swee Hock Stu Centre at the London School of Economics.They learned about the university and its new  multi-faith prayer space and spent the day painting stained glass designs for the 3 large windows - a focal point for the main worship space.  As always, visitors commented upon the charm and skill of our students.

Glass Painting

African Masks

Year 4 learned about African masks known as “living art” as they were worn and used for special occasions and ceremonies. Some people believe that masks give you special powers and you become the spirit that the mask represents.  Usually masks are used to tell story of religious custom or god. Inspired by the exaggerated features of the African masks pupils made and decorated their own 3D masks


African Masks

Our School Gallery

A walk around our school enables visitors to see the range of art styles and techniques that the children are taught . This includes Impressionism, Rothko, Miro, Mosaic work and printing.