Learning through The Arts

IMG_6598 Pippa Leach, Uphall Primary       Natalie Castellanos, Parkhill Junior


Pattern to Print Pic

The Learning through the Arts team members have pleasure in introducing this set of teaching materials on pattern. The materials are intended to support and inspire teachers who do not have an expertise in Art. It is hoped that the staff using them will be introduced to a range of skills and strategies which will enable them to feel more confident when teaching a variety of transferable skills in art lessons. We also hope that they will assist in supporting colleagues to increase their knowledge and understanding of teaching pattern which will enable children to learn new skills and techniques in primary classrooms. We aim for the materials to support children to make at least good progress in their learning and to increase enjoyment, confidence and a desire to continually evaluate and improve their art and printing.

All the information included has been used by teaching and support staff in classrooms throughout the London Borough of Redbridge. Some of the staff are very well qualified in art whilst others have learnt from sharing good practice and their own study. All the images, as well as some of the instructions provided, represent work undertaken by children participating in the project focused on pattern. Additional examples and suggestions focused on ways of introducing pattern linked to the national curriculum and other cultures is also included.

We sincerely hope that the materials will at the very least give you an insight into teaching skills in art from the Foundation stage to Key Stage 2 and inspire some inspirational and enjoyable work.

Click here for the Pattern To Print Guide 

Project 1

‘New Beginnings’ – scaled version. Students from secondary, Years 12/13 and primary will work collaboratively on a project dealing with issues of ‘transition’ allowing dialogue and planning to be managed by the students. Creative outcomes can be site specific but also flexible to allow wider participation, e.g. large scale paintings/Artists’ Books/Film/Printmaking.

Aim: To encourage pedagogical reflection and discourse for staff. To initiate, develop and support cross phase creativity that allows ‘student voice’ and ownership to be realised and given a wider audience. To share good practice in the Borough/Nationally. To develop a creative domain that will offer a catalyst/spring board for further projects.

Project 2

Making a Mark – A six week CPD creative project that allows pedagogy and practical expertise to come together.

Delivered by Miriam Smith Phillipson to engage staff in drawing activities that allow an experimental approach to a creative fundamental.

Aim: To encourage a creative, personal and progressive engagement with ‘drawing’ in its wider forms. To offer a pedagogical reflective experience in the light of Ofsted’s ‘Making A Mark’ that can offer a creative encounter that can be shared back in the classroom. Six practical workshops that allow both a practice and pedagogy to come together under the expert guidance of Miriam Smith Phillipson.

Project 3

‘In support of the practical drawing workshops’.

Maurice Barrett, Educationalist and author will provide two seminars

Aim: To offer specialist expertise on the schemas of drawing progression. To extend staff understanding of the potential of drawing and its diversity of diagnostic, creative and empowering opportunities back in the classroom.




Pattern to Print


  • Churchfields Jun
  • Cleveland Inf
  • Cleveland Jun
  • Grove
  • Highlands
  • Manford
  • Oakdale Jun
  • Parkhill Jun
  • Snaresbrook
  • St Antony’s
  • Uphall


Click the image above for a gallery of images from the Investigating Pattern Teachers Course at the William Morris Gallery.

Click the image above for a gallery from the Learning Through The Arts Workshop led by Vicky Thornton, 30th January 2015.