Mitton Manor Primary School

Mitton Manor Primary School



Here at Mitton Manor we realise the importance of fostering an appreciation and love of art from an early age. Art& Design stimulates imagination and creativity and involves children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences, which enables them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the elements of colour, texture, line, movement, form and pattern. Art and Design is mainly taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on the knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum and our TEAM Mitton curriculum.    

To enrich our Art & Design provision children are given opportunities to experience Art & Design on educational visits and local artists are invited into school to lead workshops and to work with pupils on large scale collaborative whole school art projects. Recently we were excited to welcome local artist Sam Morris to Mitton Manor where she led an inspirational whole school assembly and ran a Mini Moo workshop in Year Three.  The children loved the workshop and Sam filmed a vlog of the children's advice to artists. The vlog, which is well worth watching, can be found on  Sam Morris’s You Tube channel entitled Awesome Advice For Artists Vlog # 52

The children’s art work is celebrated in displays around the school and very excitingly, in March 2020, we are delighted to have the opportunity to stage an exhibition of the children’s artwork at The Roses Theatre Tewkesbury. We hope you will find the time to pop into The Roses to admire the children’s wonderful artwork.

Important Art Curriculum Documents

How can you support your child with Art?

  • Don’t be afraid to get messy! Try to get hold of lots of different types of art materials so your child can experiment and get creative. Paints, crayons, pens and pencils modelling materials and much more are available in discount shops such as The Works. You can also use household objects creatively such as pasta and pulses to create collages using glue.
  • Encourage your child to keep a sketchbook. Suggest that your child takes it with them when they go out so they can look for interesting things to sketch. This type of art activity promotes careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us.
  •  Celebrate your child’s art work. Remember to praise your child’s artistic endeavours and encourage them not to get disheartened if their creation doesn’t turn out as they had hoped. Explain that there is no right or wrong way to do things and that art is about being creative and trying different things. Celebrate their art by creating a little gallery in the kitchen or in their bedroom.
  • Enjoy art together. Visit local art galleries or museums. Encourage your child to talk about what they can see and to share their opinions about the subject matter, colours, what materials the artist used and so on.


Local places to visit with your child

The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum – Clarence Street Cheltenham GL50 3JT

Cheltenham has an outstanding museum and art gallery with a programme of exciting temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries displaying amongst others:

World famous Arts and Crafts Movement collection inspired by William Morris.

The story of Edward Wilson, a son of Cheltenham, and his explorations with Scott of the Antarctic.

An exciting range of special exhibitions are also held throughout the year.

Nature in Art – Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth GL2 9PA

Gloucestershire is the proud home of Nature in Art the world’s first museum and art gallery dedicated to works of art inspired by nature. There is an impressive collection of art and artefacts to explore and you can visit the artist’s studio and meet one of the artists in residence.

Museum of Gloucester & Art Gallery – Brunswick Street, Gloucester, GL1 1HP.

The Museum of Gloucester tells the story of the city’s origins as a Roman settlement and its subsequent development through the Dark Ages and Medieval period. This fine Victorian building also has a significant collection of art including paintings by Richard Wilson, Thomas Gainsborough, John Atkinson Grimshaw and Thomas Dibdin. The museum features ground floor exhibitions and exhibits that promise a much more interactive experience. Highlights include a Roman kitchen playhouse and medieval street and part of the original Roman wall can also be viewed within the museum.


Art Websites

A super art website The Tate Kids has great range of activities to do and make coupled with quizzes and games. The explore section looks in depth at different artists and their work.