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This week at Kennington CE Academy: It's Half Term. Children return to school on Monday, 28th October


Art Curriculum


At Kennington CE Academy we believe that the teaching and learning of art is important as it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. The purpose of art education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their ideas in visual or tactile form.  It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.  Where possible we try and link the children’s art lessons to their topic work; providing the children with opportunities in drawing, painting, sculpture and other craft and design techniques.

2019-2020 Art 

Meet our Aspiring Artists

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The Aspiring Artists are here to support teachers and pupils within art lessons here at Kennington Academy.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Assisting class teachers with any preparation needed for art.
  • Ensuring the art resources are cleaned and correctly stored once they have been used.
  • Assisting with the organisation of the art resource cupboard.
  • Collecting pupil voice and finding out about the children's views on art in their class.
  • Sharing our fantastic art knowledge.
  • Being advocates in promoting art around the school.

Year 3 Sketching

Children in year 3 learnt about different sketching pencils to be able to create different lines and shading. They practiced using the pencils to test the differences and understand how they could be used for shading. Then inspired by Georgia O'Keefe paintings they used a view finder to select just part of a flower to make a large sketch which they then shaded. 

Georgia O'Keeffe Pictures

Inspired by pictures of Georgia O'Keeffe the children in year 3 used pastels to create their own version of a flower picture. They focused on part of a flower and drew it large and then used the pastels to colour and shade. Which one do you like and why?


Year 6 Theme Week art

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The children looked at artwork by Colin Gill a Kent artist born in 1892. He became an artist for the military during the war and painted many images of soldiers at war. Later in life his work became more abstract and he painted murals around the world. While he was in Sounth Africa in 1940 working on a mural he died. The children worked together to draw a quarter of one of his paintings as untitled. They then used paint or coloured pencils to complete it. This is one of the finished paintings with all four works joined together and the original painting. 
2018-2019 Art

Children from all years across the school had the opportunity to go on an art trip to Conningbrooke Lake. After walking from school to the lakes they were met by two people from Outdoor Studios organisation, who are working with the housing development companies to provide art opportunities for local artists and schools. They started by looking at sculptures created by Julia Clarke, an artist who will have willow sculptures in the new housing development and around the lakes. Using these ideas they then created their own natural sketch books. Children were not given any conventional art materials such as pencils, pens, paint, paintbrushes but had to use what they could find in the natural environment around the lake to create their pictures. They experimented rubbing flowers and leaves, using charcoal and mixing mud with water to create a paint like mixture. After this they then had the chance to complete some Hapa Zome printing, this is a Japanese form of printing using dyes from the natural environment. Children selected different leaves and plants and placed them on some cotton material then rolled, hammered and pressed them to get the dye from the plant onto the material. Some excellent prints were created where children used the natural materials to produce a print of the trees and nature.

Meet our Aspiring Artists 
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Each year group chose a child to be an art lead, they are Aspiring Artists. The children can support others with their art in the year group and help develop art across the school. Children were given a simple plain lanyard and id badge wallet. They have used their creative flair to design and draw their own unique Aspiring Artists labels. 


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Our school winners for the Litter Angels competition receiving their certificates from Damien Green MP and a McDonalds representative, who sponsored the competition. 

Litter Angels is a charity working around Ashford to help raise the awareness of problems dropping litter can cause. These two children designed posters to encourage people to not drop litter. 

Art Exhibition

Please look in the Christian Distinctive area of the website for images of the children's Christian Value artwork that was exhibited in the local church.

Snow Pup
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As part of a community project linked with Pilgrims Hospice, Ashford Borough Council and Wild in Art the school was given a Snow Pup to decorate. All children in the school were given the opportunity to enter a competition to have their design painted on the pup. Five different designs were chosen and amalgamated together to create the final school design. Inspired by our school theme in term 5 ‘What a Wonderful World’ the design include St Mary’s Church, which appears in our school log. The words reflect important aspects for life and the world, the flags represent all the nationalities that are in our school and our core values appear on clouds on the pup’s back. The winners, as well as other children in the school painted the main designs. Everyone in the school (staff and pupils) added their fingerprint to a cloud to be involved. The pup was named Quily, linked to the academy. When it was completed the pup joined a trail of other pups and dogs that were positioned in different locations around Ashford for people to find.

This project, as it was linked to the Pilgrims Hospice, also helped raise awareness of bereavement and ways to support children and families that may experience it. The school held different events to raise money for the charity.

Quily has returned to school for all to enjoy and is proudly on display welcoming visitors into the school.


Please have a look at the links below for useful art research and helpful websites;


Kids Tate

National Gallery of Art

Incredible Art

Artful parent

Disney Junior

National Gallery