Year One – Content

By the end of the year most children should:

• Record from first-hand observation, experience and imagination and explore ideas
• Investigate the possibilities of a range of materials and processes
• try out tools and techniques and apply these to materials and processes, including drawing
• begin to understand how colour , pattern, texture, line and tone, shape, form and space are used for effect in art work
• explore how differences and similarities in the work of famous artists can be used in their own artistic representations
• be able to work on their own or take part collaboratively in group projects
• begin to review what they and others have done and say what they think and feel about it
Children should be taught about visual and tactile elements in art including colour and tone pattern and texture, line, shape, form and space.

Colour and Tone
By the end of Year One most children should:
• Know that by adding white a colour is made lighter
• Know that colours can be made darker by adding black or other dark tones
• Begin to understand the concept of Primary and Secondary colours
• Mix different colours to create different tones
• Know how different artists use colour, for example, how they achieve light and dark
Pattern
By the end of Year One most children should:
• Understand that patterns are made up of motifs

Texture
By the end of Year One most children should:
• Be able to select a variety of tools to create texture and give a three dimensional effect
• Be able to respond to and represent texture using paint and through collage
• Be able to choose a variety of media to create appropriate texture

Line
By the end of Year One most children should:
• Be able to experiment with different lines; thick/thin, straight/ wavy and to discuss their effect
• Be aware of how artists use line for effect

Space, shape and form
By the end of Year One most children should:
• Be aware of shape in layout and the space between the lines
• Know which shapes can be used for different purposes
• Begin to understand that three dimensional work has an all round view