Expressive arts; enabling students express, explore and evolve by sparking curiosity and igniting imaginations


At Holgate Meadows and Heritage Park schools, we endeavour to harness the power of Expressive Arts to enhance students learning experiences and help them to evolve as individuals.

We understand the transformative effect that engaging with the expressive arts can have on individuals and communities. We aim to provide students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of themselves and the world around them. We want expressive arts to enable our students to explore ideas, be self-reflective, to embrace mistakes, take creative risks and work imaginatively; embracing the new and unknown.

End Points

Through Expressive arts we hope to evolve our students to become;

  • Independent learners who can express themselves, think innovatively, meet challenges positively and find imaginative solutions to problems and who have developed knowledge, understanding and skills related to a wide range of expressive arts.
  • Confident individuals who have developed self-awareness, self-discipline, resilience, commitment and confidence through exploring their own ideas, experiences and feelings, through successful participation  
  • Effective contributors who can confidently express their creativity, work collaboratively and communicate with others, and in so doing, show initiative, dependability, leadership, community pride & spirit, and enterprise.
  • Creative thinkers who explore ideas, consider alternative solutions and points of view; thinking outside the box.  To be able to be self-reflective and to realise making mistakes can be liberating and open up new opportunities.

Domains of Knowledge

  • Create – Practical skills and techniques

Experience and develop a wide range of practical process, techniques and media to facilitate self-expression

  • Express - Creativity, ideas and expression.

Cultivate confidence to explore and present ideas. To work imaginatively through a variety of ways.

  • Discover – Knowledge and understanding.

To investigate a wide range of art movements, historical and cultural influence. To increase technical know-how and subject methodology

  • Explore - Analysis and evaluation

Develop self and peer constructive criticism skills as a means to reflect and improve their own work. Study the work of others to inform their own ideas and work progress

Key Concepts

Propositional Knowledge

Procedural Knowledge

Art timeline

Art movement – the following list in not exhaustive, students should explore at least one from each category including none western and work from other cultures



- Roman

 - Greek

- Cave painting

- Chinese dynasty

- Indigenous peoples


- Renaissance

- Mannerism

- Rococo

- Baroque

- Gothic

- Impression   etc


- Expressionism

- Art deco

- Art Nouveau 

- Cubism


Pop Art

Abstract expressionism etc


- Urban/street/graffiti ArtYBA

- Graphic/comic artists

- Conceptual

- Land art   etc


Colour theory

Primary, secondary and tertiary colours

Tones shades and hues

Hot and cold colours

Complementary/opposites and analogous/harmonious colours

Translucent and opacity

Contract, highlights and shadows


Portrait principals

Facial proportions

Body proportions


Still life principals

Background for ground




Landscapes/Architecture principles

Horizon lines

Vanishing points

Perspective and scale

2 and 3 point perspective


Geometric and organic shapes

Positive and negative space

Horizontal and vertical

Parallel, perpendicular


Symmetry, asymmetry,  balance and chaos

Pattern and repetition


Technical process’s of practical skills and methods

Health and safety practices of technical methods


















Students will be able to do

- Individual work

- Group work


Sketchbook work

- Paper stretching

- Working on canvas

- Murals


Works from primary and secondary sources

- Constructive critism

- Analyse art

- Annotate



- Methods and techniques

- Observational drawing

- Expressive drawing

- Technical drawing

- Line drawing

- Shading

- Subtractive drawing

- Mark making

- Enlargements

- Cross hatching

- Mediums

- Pencil

- Charcoal

- Graphite stick

- Soft pastel

- Oil Pastel

- Pen and ink



- Methods and techniques

- Colour blocking

- Colour mixing

- Colour washes

- Dry brushing

- Scumbling

- Stippling

- Dabbing

- Sgraffito

- Dripping

- Spraying

- Marbling

- Impasto



- Poster paint

- Gouache

- Water colour

- Acrylic

- Spray paint

- Ink



- Methods and techniques

- Lino

- Screen print

- Mono print

- Relief and bas relief

- Intaglio

- Block

- Stencil

- Frottage


3D arts/mixed media

- Methods and techniques

- Clay and ceramics

- Oil based clay

- Moulding and casting

- Mod roc

- Plaster

- Cardboard

- Papier-mâché

- Mosaics

- Collage

- Paper making

- Scrapbooking

- Recyclables



- Hand Sewing

- Applique

- Machine sewing

- Tie and dye

- Batik

- Silk painting

- Screen printing

- Block printing


Lens based art

- Digital photograph

- GIMP/Photoshop/photo editing apps

- Tradition developing

- Photo montage

- Stop frame animation

- Flick books



Not exhaustive but students should cover these amongst others as a topic focus or as part of a wider scheme of work

- Portraits

- Landscapes

- Architecture

- Natural forms

- Manmade forms

- Geometric and organic shapes and pattern

- Broader Cultural links

- Music

- TV and film

- Books and literature

- Festivals and celebrations

Progression map