About this course

Creative media

Who is the course designed for?

The creative media project-based courses are art and design lessons with a focus on fine art and the creative industries. The Creative Media project-based course is designed for primary students at KS2 to experiment, refine and grow their own unique creative voice whilst learning basic skills along the way. The course aims to develop students’ imagination, communication skills and creativity, as well as their understanding and enjoyment of the arts and media.

Creative media offers you the opportunity to study a range of media practices such as video, photography, animation, and digital media. There is also a focus on key skills in Art and Design, including: drawing and painting, printmaking, illustration, textiles, graphic design, sculpture, and architecture. Students are encouraged to follow a creative process, share their ideas and experiment with new techniques.

This course supports the development of students’ verbal, written and visual communication skills, enhancing their learning and creativity across all subjects. Students can choose to focus on one medium, develop several or integrate across the range to find their own creative voice.

How is the course planned and assessed?

Students receive regular feedback throughout this project-based subject on the development of skills in the following areas:

  • Independence
  • Developing skills
  • Being Creative
  • Responding with Effort

Students create work in their paper sketchbooks, as well as digitally or as 3D models, which are then digitised for online assessment. Students use Book Creator software provided by the teacher to submit photos of their work for feedback on their project as a whole.

Project Outline

Year 3
Students learn basic drawing skills by looking at Andy Warhol and his cat sketches, Michael Craig Martin’s large wall murals and Henri Matisse’s paper cut out drawings. Students finish up by completing an observational drawing of autumn leaves.

Students created artworks inspired by Helen Frankenthaler, Georgia O’Keefe and explored how artists use colour. They then created a diorama inspired by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s installation “Obliteration Room” (2002), which begins as a white space and ends with thousands of colourful spots stuck everywhere.

Students explore ways of recording ideas in sketchbooks. They learn about taking photos and collecting images for visual research as well as an exploration of pattern and texture.

Year 4
You will study the history of masks. You will explore Egyptian and African masks, Carnival masks and costumes, masks made for theatre, sci-fi masks for movies and design your own superhero mask!

Students studied the mythology of the Greek Chimera creature made up of several different animals. Students created their own animal sculptures influenced by Oaxacan (‘Wahakan’) papier mâché Alebrijes made by folk artists in Mexico. These animal sculptures use colourful patterns and shapes.

An exploration of key technical sketching skills juxtaposed with Claude Monet and Gustav Klimt’s impressionist mark-making. Students have created an amazing fantasy tree as their final piece.

Year 5
An exploration of folk and outsider art from around the world. Students create a folding book that tells a story of their creative journey.

Students explore the sights, sounds, feels and smells of a city through line, shape and colour. They looked at Shantell Martin’s ‘follow the line’ drawings. Influenced by perspective drawing, photomontage and urban installation, students have designed a public art piece.

Students explore divisionism and complimentary colours using the artist’s colour wheel. They look at Yayoi Kusama and Ana Enshina’s modern pointilist art, alongside stippling and textile design. Students then explore pixilation and digital printing – a technological pointillism. They finish up with paper quilling and produce a final piece.

Year 6
You will investigate Anglo-Saxon mythology to inspire a new fantasy animal character. You will design and draw a new anthropomorphised creature that combines elements of an animal with human traits, emotions or intentions.

Year 6 students have been working on ‘Environment & Me’ which is an exploration of 3 artist case studies looking into their focus on the environment and how it relates to ourselves, our planet and our communities – Andy Goldsworthy, Michael Veliquette & Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

An exploration of how movement has been depicted in art. Students look at Alexander Calder and the flip book/zeotrope. They then use gestural drawing influenced by Vincent Scarpace to prepare a personal response.

Equipment list

See the creative materials equipment list pdf by clicking the button below.

Art Department Materials List.

Key information
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4 years
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Online, real-time classrooms, 24/7 access to curriculum
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September and throughout the year
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No exams
About our fees

We have several fee packages and options, with differing levels of commitment to suit most circumstances. In most cases parents have the option to pay in instalments, spreading the cost of the investment.