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Art and Design

Art and Design

At Westmeads,  we believe that every child is an artist and we seek to harness and promote the creativity of our children through regular art lessons and opportunities to work with a specialist teacher, other artists and the wider community.  We value the foundation subjects to add breadth and enrichment to our curriculum.  


Through our art and design curriculum we encourage the children at Westmeads to gain the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.  Lessons will sometimes link with other areas of the curriculum so the children can make connections or use a particular context to explore an area of focus.  


All children have their own sketchbook in which their can record their learning throughout their time at the school.   The school has access to a rich range of resources including a kiln room on the school site and close proximity to local art galleries and artist.


At Key Stage One the children will be taught in art to:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences creatively to design and make products
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Artist in Residence Project - May - July 2021

Hello Westmeads - From Becky Vincer

Our Artist in Residence, Becky Vincer, has produced a welcome video for the children to view (see above). This video will be available on our website for you to view also. Becky will begin working with classes from Thursday 13th May and will be in school twice weekly after that so that every class will have four separate opportunities to work directly with her. She has some amazing ideas and has plans to decorate the KS1 corridor and also the hall, using art work the children have created. She will be releasing another video next week, where she will be asking children to create something at home for the corridor display. Watch this space.


We have appointed Art Ambassadors from each KS1 class to help to lead and inspire their class during this project.


Anton French, our filmmaker, plans to visit classes to introduce himself. He will be around school to talk to children and parents throughout the project.

Westmeads Artist in Residence Project - Yinka Shonibare Drawings

The children are being asked to design a piece of artwork at home for the art project. Children will also have opportunities to do this at school too.

Animation Club

Please click below to view animation that has been created by our pupils, as part of their enrichment activities.

Arts and Craft Club

Information coming shortly

Pottery Club

Information coming shortly

Local Projects and Art Exhibitions

The children at Westmeads Infants School created their own colourful coral reef using a mixture of old car tyres, plastic drinks bottles, sweet wrappers, straws and carrier bags that can be found littering our beaches.

The white plastic drinking straws in the middle represented the dead bleached coral that now occur in some areas due to climate/ environmental changes.  The drinking straws were saved from the children's school milk for just one term (6 weeks)!

As a result of this project, from January 2019 the school no longer receives individual cartons of milk and has replaced this with reusable cups and recyclable milk bottles, reducing both the schools rubbish and milk waste. 

The coral reef was exhibited with work from other local schools at the Horsebridge gallery as part of an exhibition called 'Blue Planet', highlighting how plastic waste is effecting the seas and oceans.

Over the years, the children at Westmeads have created class scarecrows to contribute to the annual Scarecrow Walk at either the Whitstable Castle or at Westgate Gardens in Canterbury.

Our Year 2 pupils contributed photos to the CaCoT photo exhibition at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.  The Exhibition was called 'Seesighed' and had photos from all schools in the Coastal Alliance.

We participated in the Pudding Pan Project with other local schools inspired from an exhibition at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.

We have exhibited other artwork at the local Horsebridge Art Gallery in Whitstable.   

For the last few years we have created an Easter display for a local shop in Whitstable.

Island Books Art Competition Houses

Useful Art Website Links