Art Matters: Plans for Art (1st/2nd Class)

First and Second Class


Yearly Scheme for Art

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The time allocation for Arts Education (Art, Drama & Music) in 1st/2nd is three hours per week.


I plan for there to be extensive integration with topics from other subject areas e.g.,

with Language Development; English Irish, Mathematics, R.E., SESE, SPHE, etc.



I will assess the children’s progress in Art through

  • teacher observation,
  • some teacher designed tasks
  • and by saving samples of their work in a mini portfolio from September, December & June.

I will be particularly interested in their ability

  • to express themselves through their work;
  • their ability to learn new skills;
  • to follow instructions and to follow a process.

I would also like the children to assess their own learning

  • informally through discussion during and after class
  • and formally in Looking and Responding exercises.

There will be Parent/Teacher Meetings in December

School Reports in June.



I believe that every child is capable in the area of Art.

The range of activities will give each child the opportunity to be successful in this subject.


Arts Education; Art


Objectives; That the child should be enabled to


  • work from their own experience and imagination


  • use materials and tools as stimulus


  • work from observation and curiosity


  • use the work of artists and craft people as stimulus


  • have an opportunity to work with two and three dimensional forms


  • learn about process and product



A typical lesson will comprise of;


Step One; The stimulus


Step Two; The activity


Step Three; Evaluation



Concepts and skills development


Objectives; that the child would learn about the following concepts;


  • an awareness of line
  • shape
  • form
  • colour & tone
  • texture
  • pattern & rhythm
  • space


These concepts and skills will be developed as strands that follow are covered.



Sharon's wall design_這牆很藝術
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– Opportunities to Draw;


So that the child can express him or herself


with the marks that can be made with a variety of drawing instruments


on a range of surfaces.

[mb] Scary Faces
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– Use Paint and Colour;


Expressing him or herself by experimenting


with a variety of colour drawing instruments and media


Using Computer Programme ‘Paint’

print sample
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– Print;


To start with; using different textures and shapes, one or two colours.


Then beginning to organise print marks purposefully.




Relief prints


Mask outs


Computer experiments

:: Bold Mushies ::
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-Use of Clay;


exploring, manipulating, inventing, discovering the possibilities of clay


as a medium for imaginative expression.


Also coil pots and pinch pots.

 Altered Book - India
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explore and experiment with the properties and characteristics


of materials in making structures.


Making imaginative structures.


– Creating in Fabric and Fibre;


exploring the possibilities of fabric and fibre


as media for imaginative expression.


Simple Collages


We will be knitting


Looking and responding will be an important aspect of each strand.


This will involve language development.


Looking at the work of other artists



Step One; Looking at and responding to the work


Step Two; The follow up may involve


using art work the child has seen


as a starting point for their own work.


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Using a variety of techniques/media;


  • finger painting
  • blow painting
  • splatter painting
  • marbling
  • paint & crayon overlay
  • paint & crayon resist
  • paper batik designs


  • using charcoal
  • chalks
  • crayons
  • metallic crayons
  • pencil
  • colouring pencils
  • markers
  • doing crayon rubbings
  • stencilling,

Construction; 2D&3D;

  • paper sculpture
  • tearing
  • cutting & pasting
  • fringing
  • pleating
  • curling & weaving
  • montage& collage
  • using found objects

Printing; to include;

  • over printing
  • and fold over printing
  • relief prints
  • mask outs

Fabric and Fibre;

  • collage
  • knitting


  • making coil pots
  • pinch pots
  • integration with print


To ensure these techniques/media are all covered,

I will record as each is used on a sheet

like this pinned up in the classroom:

A useful chart for tracking techniques and media used.


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