Year 4 Art & Design

National Curriculum Expectations for the end of Key Stage 2:

Children should be able to:

create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

talk about great artists, architects and designers in history.


At Gayton, by the end of Year4, the expectation is that children will be able to:

  • begin to show facial expressions and body language in sketches
  • draw simple objects and use marks and lines to show texture
  • organise line, tone, shape and colour to represent movement
  • explain why they have chosen materials to draw with
  • create the colours they need with paint
  • create mood in their paintings
  • use stencils and paint to create an image
  • use sketchbooks to express their feelings, e.g. likes and dislikes.
  • use sketchbooks to adapt and improve ideas
  • use more than one type of stitch
  • join fabric together and add detail
  • combine various materials with different visual and tactile qualities
  • combine images with other media to produce art work.
  • use IT programs to create a piece of work that includes their own work and the work of others
  • sculpt and form recognisable shapes from clay
  • experiment with different styles which artists have used
  • explain art from other periods of history.