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Art and Design at home! 

We are super lucky to have lots of incredible artists at Portsdown and I am sure they are eager to carry on with their Art learning at home! 


At the moment, it's difficult to buy any tools or resources to use for art so please find below some art and crafts ideas which require only a limited amount of resources, that you may already have at home! 


Have fun! 


Miss Dewing smiley

Salt Dough!


Salt dough is a great way to make your own 3-D art! It is very easy to make and doesn't take too much time to prepare! 


Makes 1 ball
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 3 hours



  • 1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g)

  • half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)
  • half a cupful of water (about 125ml)



1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball.

3. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and shape into your chosen model. You can roll it out and cut out shapes, numbers or letters using biscuit cutters, or make any kind of model you can think of! 


4. Put your finished items on a lined baking sheet and bake for 3 hrs or until solid.


5. Leave to cool and then paint (optional). 







Sketching with Pete McKee!


Pete McKee is a cool British artist, who makes cartoon-like paintings, prints and sketches! He is a cartoonist for the Sheffield Telegraph's sports section and he has even created art for people like Ed Sheeran!!


He has uploaded some amazing videos to his youtube channel which teach you how to draw cartoon people and animals! You will just need a pen or pencil and a piece of paper! 


Here is the link to his website:!


Here is the link to his 1st lesson:

Junk Modelling!


Junk modelling is so much fun as you get to be really imaginative! Find 'junk' in the house and see how you can put it together to create an amazing piece of art! Will you make a robot? A rocket? A house? A monster?...  The possibilities are endless! 


You could use: milk cartons, cereal/food boxes and packaging, plastic bottles, empty tissue boxes, foil or any other junk you can find! Have a look at some junk models below - can you work out what they are? 



Once you've made your model, you could create your own story featuring your piece of art! 






If you have a sewing needle and any cotton or thread at home you could do some sewing practise! You could sew onto felt, an old top or even a tea towel you no longer need! 


Children could first practise threading a needle and tying a knot - we all know this can be very tricky so they might need some help! Then, with adult supervision, they could have a go at some basic stitches!


This link will take you to a website which has some great child-friendly videos on how to do 5 different stitches!


Once they are confident, they could try stitching different shapes, letters or designs into their material like the ones below! 


Art and Design at Portsdown


At Portsdown, we aim to encourage and inspire children to become creative and skilful artists. A high-quality art and design education should engage and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Through exploring and experimenting, children will learn how to control different media, so that they are able to produce creative work and record their experiences.

The progression of skills we have in place, ensures the children will become proficient in five key areas:

  • Drawing

  • Painting

  • 3D art

  • Textiles

  • Printmaking

As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. In each art topic, they will research a particular artist or art movement, in order to understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to culture.

Design Technology at Portsdown Primary School


At Portsdown we aim to inspire pupils’ to become their own designers. A well taught Design Technology curriculum allows children to have opportunities that no other subjects offer. At Portsdown we aim to equip pupils with the tools and knowledge to explore, design and create their own masterpiece. Here at Portsdown we become creators, artists, engineers and chefs, through the design, make and evaluate process.  This fascinating subject allows every child to be unique and show off their own talents.


Purpose of study

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Art and Design Technology overview 2017/2018

Art and Design Overview

National Curriculum for Art and Design