2nd Edition

Art in the Primary School Creating Art in the Real and Digital World

    352 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    352 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Art in the Primary School is an introductory textbook, and a second edition to Teaching Primary Art, exploring the underpinning philosophy and pedagogy of teaching and learning art, including how and why digital tools and technologies can be integrated.

    This book considers practical aspects of teaching art, focusing on key processes of art making that children might experience in primary schools. It is based around the idea that digital tools and technologies can and should be integrated into the learning and teaching of art, exploring:

    • What art is like in the primary school, why it should be taught and what is included in the curriculum
    • How learning is planned, assessed, taught and supported in the classroom
    • Learning about and from artists and how digital technology can be part of the art curriculum
    • Key processes such as drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and textiles, working in three dimensions and making digital art

    Uniquely incorporating the use of digital devices, tools and technologies into the subject of art, this book will be essential reading for those training to teach and support learning in art in the primary school.


    Chapter 1 An introduction to art in the primary school

    Chapter 2 The art curriculum in primary schools

    Chapter 3 Learning about and from artists

    Chapter 4 Digital technology and art

    Chapter 5 Planning and assessing art

    Chapter 6 Teaching and supporting learning in art

    Chapter 7 Drawing

    Chapter 8 Painting

    Chapter 9 Printmaking

    Chapter 10 Collage and textiles

    Chapter 11 Working in three dimensions

    Chapter 12 Making digital art

    Going further

    Appendix 1 Vocabulary used when talking about visual elements

    Appendix 2 Tools and materials



    Jean Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education and Science at the University of Northampton, UK. Before teaching in higher education, she taught in primary schools for nineteen years and was a class teacher, art coordinator and head teacher.

    Helen Caldwell is an Associate Professor in Education at the University of Northampton, specialising in educational technology and online learning. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator.

    Rebecca Heaton is an Assistant Professor in Visual and Performing Arts at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. She is a distinguished and internationally recognised art educator, who works with children and adults.

    "This second edition is very welcome and timely, even more detailed and even more inspiring! It’s especially exciting to see the new content on digital technologies and the guidance and ideas offered in this area alone would make for a wonderful, truly 21st century, primary art curriculum."
    Dr Emese Hall, Senior Lecturer in Art Education, University of Exeter, UK.

    "This is the definitive guidebook for those who wish to investigate or enhance their own knowledge of how to use digital tools and technologies with their pupils to create digital art works either individually or collaboratively. The authors, drawing upon their extensive expertise and experience, guide the reader to the appropriate digital tools and techniques to enable them and their pupils to create their own digital masterpieces, which can be showcased either virtually or in the real world. It is a book that you will keep referring to time and time again and will not be able to put it down!"
    Andrew Csizmadia, Senior Lecturer in Computing Education, Ne?wman University, UK.

    "This book is full of highly effective practical tasks that support teachers' own ideas in primary art and contains case studies providing useful examples to augment the text. It is a well-researched publication that benefits from the authors' up to date knowledge and experience of the primary art classroom and digital context.
    Richard Hickman, Emeritus Professor of Aesthetic Development, University of Cambridge, UK.