Art & Design

Dear Subject Leader/Teacher/Teaching Assistant,

Welcome to the HEP Primary Art & Design home page. On this page, you will find a range of resources and information to support you if you are the subject leader for Art & Design at your school and/or a classroom teacher/teaching assistant looking for advice and guidance to support your lesson planning.

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Art & Design SL Resource File September 2023

Subject Self-evaluation template

Art & Design Subject Leader Workbook September 2021

For an editable version of the subject leader workbook, please contact

The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) provides high quality resources to support the teaching and learning of these four aims. Another very useful organisation is Access Art which has over 850 resources aimed at all ages and abilities and covering all areas of the visual arts. (Details of both organisations are below)

National Society for Education of Art and Design
The professional association for teachers of art & design.
(Membership: School £68 / annum)

Subject association membership at concessionary rate for all UK Primary Schools.

What are the benefits?

  • Resources and advice to support teaching and learning of art, craft & design in your school
  • Immediate access to the members only areas of our website. Comprehensive resources and guidance to support every area of your work


  • Three issues of AD (the Society's magazine) & free art poster
  • Browse and download previous issues of AD and START magazine
  • Three online issues of the International Journal of Art & Design Education each year and full access to every article published in the Journal since 1982

Professional development

  • Frequent professional development opportunities at concessionary rates through an extensive programme of international, national, regional and online events

Priority membership booking for up to four members of staff.


  • Free advertising for art staff vacancies on our fortnightly bulletin and Facebook groups, reaching more than 6000 members

Plus standard benefits for all members:

Stay informed

  • Fortnightly newsletter direct to your inbox with all the latest news, opinions, events, jobs and opportunities
  • Browse and download previous editions of AD and START magazine

Making a difference

  • Help us influence the decision makers as we promote and protect your subject, be part of NSEAD campaigns, make your voice heard through our All Party Parliamentary Group, contribute to NSEAD consultations and member surveys, join in with special projects and events
  • As an NSEAD member, you support our work with government and governmental agencies including DfE, DENI, SOEID, Ofsted, CCEA(NI), LTS, SQA, the Chartered College and The TRA– making a difference for Art, craft & design education

Professional community

  • Enjoy being part of a lively community of art, craft & design educators, researchers and practitioners. NSEAD supports regional networks across the UK and is affiliated with INSEA. Our events bring together members from all phases of education across the UK and worldwide
  • Members only invitation to join the NSEAD Facebook group, with over 4000 members

The Accessart offer to primary schools and teachers

offers support in:

  • curriculum planning
  • exemplar primary art plan
  • areas of interest: Artsmark
  • inset for primary teachers
  • start here: drawing
  • areas of interest: developing drawing skills
  • areas of interest: sketchbooks
  • areas of interest: drawing and making
  • topic planning
  • areas of interest: artweek
  • art rooms in primary schools
  • the Accessart offer to SEND
  • commissioning opportunities
  • distance learning course
  • join in with a participatory project
  • books to inspire creativity: drawing projects for children

Handle with care! Why teaching Art to Primary School Children is Important

What is Art


evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

Primary Art National Curriculum KS1 & 2


know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Exploring great artists

Great artists

How to make beautiful liquid drawings inspired by Degas

The story of cupid and psyche by Jacob del Sellaio (This is one of a series of posts from Inspire: A Celebration of Children’s Art at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge from the 10th December 2019 until the 22nd March 2020.)

Take one picture by the National Gallery

Tate Britain / Modern

CPD: Using museums, libraries and art galleries

Chiswick House

Guildhall Art Gallery

Hampton Court Palace


Marble Hill House

National Archives Kew
and in particular: The Art of War

Museum of London

National Portrait Gallery

Orleans House

Osterley House

Take one picture by the National Gallery

Tate Britain / Modern

and finally – this is a really informative article and in no-way intended to ‘frighten’ any subject leader...

If you have used or know of any good resources to share with other subject leaders or teachers in Hounslow, please email them to Nikola Standing –

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