Burpham Primary School

Burpham Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7LZ


01483 572510


Art at Burpham 

At Burpham Primary School we aim to encourage and enable a high quality exploration of the visual arts. Our activities and projects help build skills, knowledge, experience and a sense of community, and nurture independent, creative learners right from the Early Years. We place great value on the journey, knowing that the outcome will follow. We also aim to create an atmosphere of aspiration which encourages all our children to enjoy exciting and relevant activities and projects which motivate and engage in extending the learning beyond the classroom. Trips and visits are planned to galleries and outdoor learning projects in both the Early Years and key stages 1 and 2 . Art is for all and through our children's lessons, drawing assemblies, whole school projects and clubs we aim to provide opportunities to support children's knowledge, skills and mental well being. 

News and Events

My year in art galleries - This year I am keeping a diary of all the art galleries and exhibitions that I have visited. Please take a look, as some of my visits might interest you! Please come and find me in the Robins if you’d like to find out more!


Art @ the Station 

Year 4 currently have a selection of their work displayed at Guildford train station as part of Guildford Arts Society Art @ the Station. The following information gives you a little information regarding the context of the work.


Matisse, Drawing with Scissors at the Guildford House Gallery

Year 4 have been studying the work of Henri Matisse and were delighted to visit the Guildford House Gallery in March 2023 to view the exhibition Matisse, Drawing with Scissors.

They spent a morning observing the many prints on show looking at the colours and shapes. They made their own drawings during their visit, paying particular attention to producing organic shapes just as Henri Matisse liked to do.

Feeling inspired and back in the classroom the children set to work on using Matisse’s technique of drawing with scissors. Although tricky at first, everyone began to cut shapes instinctively and directly out of coloured paper.

They placed their shapes thoughtfully, planning compositions and making changes until they were happy with their choices. We are so proud of their beautiful final pieces.

Drawing Drop In Club - The club will run every Thursday lunchtime. It is a chance to have a go at something new and develop your drawing skills! Come and find me in the Robins between 12.00-12.30pm. Everyone is welcome!


Key Stage 1  Drawing Assembly - July 2023 

Today year 1 and 2 experienced their second drawing assembly. They bought with them their sketchbooks and explored how drawing can help share our emotions when finding the right words is tricky. We looked at the way artists express the way they are feeling through colour and shapes and then had a go at communicating the feelings happy and sad through drawing. 

Key Stage 2 Drawing Assembly - July 2023

Years 3, 5 and 6 explored the work of artist Rachel Jones. She is a young artist from London who works using bold colours to represent her emotions. The children all had the opportunity to draw their own feelings in response. 

Child's voice - "I felt relaxed while drawing and got into my own zone"

Key Stage 2 Drawing Assembly - 19th December 2022.  Years 3 - 6 had an exciting day with crazy hair and Christmas jumpers combined with their first drawing assembly! Key stage 2 explored the work of contemporary artist Ruth Allen, they found out how to draw buildings in a continuous line. They used their sketchbooks to build their skills and then got to work designing their own buildings . The children were immersed in their drawings!

Trips and Visits - 2023

Year 1 visited the Lightbox Gallery in Woking to complement their work on sculpture and materials

Year 4 took the bus into Guildford and explored the work of Henri Matisse at The Guildford House Gallery on the high street. 

We are looking forward to hearing about the trip that Early Years has planned to Painshill Park for some wild art!

The Gallery


Mark -making with found objects

Year 1 


Year 2

Observational drawing  

Year 3 

Cave art 

Year 4 

Supersized jewellery 

Year 5 

Sketchbook exploration 

Year 6

What does art mean to me?

Art at Burpham 


  • To create confident, independent artists who can articulate and value their own and others’ creative journeys
  • To raise expectations of what pupils are capable of in the visual arts.
  • To provide a wide range of quality materials and media for pupils to build upon their understanding and skills
  • Experimentation, risk and innovation are encouraged and celebrated
  • Our focus is on the creative journey and not the outcome
  • Allow children to explore the work of a range of great artists, including contemporary artists, craft makers and designers ensuring a balance between genders
  • To present pupils with engaging opportunities to investigate and evaluate a wide range of creative outcomes from the past and present to develop a deeper understanding of many disciplines within art, craft and design and how they shape our history and future


  • We follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 & 2.
  • Children share skills of expertise with other classes and year groups to build knowledge and confidence
  • Teachers lead discussions and demonstrate skills. Our Teachers are not afraid to learn alongside the children demonstrating positive role models
  • Gallery visits are planned in both Key stage 1 and 2 in year 1 giving all our children art and craft opportunities promoting the foundations of a creative response to challenge
  • Children have access to a wide range of media and materials, resources are kept centrally and monitored for replenishment regularly
  • Children are taught to respect resources and manage risk when using tools
  • Children who wish to further their skills are encouraged to attend the schools ‘Drawing Drop in Club’ to meet with and work alongside children from across the school
  • Drawing assemblies are planned termly to give the children the opportunity to observe the work of contemporary artists and makers and to respond creatively in the moment
  • Whole school art projects are planned to celebrate the work of all our children


  • Children enjoy art and design at Burpham
  • Sketch books are used to record, generate, develop and practice skills and used to review and revisit ideas
  • Children are confident to work using a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, paper collage, printing, textiles and sculpture and are able to work with a range of materials
  • Children are able to work in both 2 and 3 dimensions, collaboratively and independently
  • Children can comment on visual images by looking, thinking, recognising, interpreting and understanding that images are a form of communication. Children can talk about their own work and suggest how they can improve on it


 DfE Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

DfE Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers, architects and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

DfE Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing and painting and sculpture with a range of materials
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Supporting Your Child with Art 

Tips to develop your child's love of art at home

  1. Create a workspace - select a spot in your home to make art; tables can be covered and protected to allow your child to have a workspace.
  2. Gather materials - save everything from recycling materials for junk modelling, wrapping paper, ribbons, newspaper and magazines to found natural materials from the garden or from a walk.
  3. Talk about artwork - share your thoughts and opinions on what you see around you and encourage your child to do the same. Discuss what you like about the illustrations in books that you read together. The more you look the more you see! 

    What do you see? Take a moment, look again. What do you see now? Has it changed? Why?

  4.  Describe the: Textures you see in the art work. What colours you see in the artwork.  Which area of the artwork stands out to you the most? Why?  What does the artwork make you think of?  What emotion / mood does it make you feel? Close your eyes and describe the artwork from memory. What do you remember?  What adjectives would you use to describe this artwork? If this artwork had sound effects what would they be and why? How was this piece of art created? If this artwork was a piece of music or a   song, what would it be? Why?  What title would you give this artwork?

  5.  Display your child's work - celebrate their creations 

  6. Explore museums and galleries - below is a list of local galleries to visit:                                                                The Watts Gallery - Down Lane, Compton, Guildford GU3 1DQ https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/home/          Guildford House Gallery - 155 Highstreet, Guildford GU1 3AJ https://www.guildford.gov.uk/guildfordhouse    The Lightbox - Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 4AA https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/pages/category/exhibitions  

    The Sunbury Gallery, The Walled Garden, Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6AB https://www.sunburygallery.org/

  7. Book List -

    The Noisy Paint Box – The Colours and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art – Barb Rosenstock

    Katie and the Starry Night/Katie’s Water Lily Pond – James Mayhew

    We are artists – Woemen who made their Mark on the World – Kari Herbert

    Bansky Grafftied Walls and Wasn’t Sorry / Yayoi Kusama – Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn’t Sorry – Fausto Gilberti

    The Dot – Peter H Reynolds

    Little People Big Dreams Frida Kahlo/Coco Channel/Pablo Picasso – Maria Isabel Sanchez


https://artsandculture.google.com/ - an amazing resource to look at artists work 

www.tate.org.uk/art - Tate Kids, play, make, explore and share art 

 www.toytheater.com - Fun animation stations 

https://artuk.org/ – Art UK

https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html – National Gallery of Art – kids zone!

https://www.vam.ac.uk/info/families The Victoria and Albert Museum