Copley Junior School


In Art and Design we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about the great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

As well as class based Art and Design work linked to our creative learning projects, we also offer extra-curricular art clubs which are offered to all year groups through the academic year.

Click on the first picture below to view our gallery of art work.

Our art piece depicting a Spanish flamenco dancer was created by using the fingerprint of everyone in school!

During their 'Scrumdiddlyumptious' project Year 3 studied the art work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Children then created their own fruit and vegetable themed sketches and paintings.

Allegra used fabrics and collage to create 'Rusty the Autumn Man'. Wonderful creative work Allegra!

As part of their work on 'Predators' Year 3 created pastel drawings of birds of prey.

Please see our slide show selection of pastel drawings below.

Please see our slide show selection below of art pieces on the theme of 'Predator' by Year 3.

'The Eye of a Dragon' - Year 3 blended pastels to create these striking dragon eyes. Very creative work, Year 3!

Year 3 opened their art gallery for parents and relatives to enjoy viewing their creative work.

'Squid Eyes' - Pupils in Year 3 were surprised to discover that the giant squid has the largest eyes on the planet. The big eyes help them to see better in the dark which comes in handy when they are on the lookout for lunch at the bottom of our oceans. Both in school and at home, pupils were tasked with recreating life size squid eyes. Look at their amazing work! 

As part of their 'Predators' project, Year 3 pupils at home and at school looked closely at images of different birds of prey in flight. They used their observational drawing skills to create detailed line drawings. We even saw siblings and parents getting involved at home too! 

As part of their project on Ancient Greece, 'Gods and Mortals', the children in Year 3 created their own vases, building up papier mache over a balloon structure, before painting and decorating their vases, making their patterns and pictures look as authentic as possible.

Year 3 explored the text The Iron Man by Ted Hughes during their 'Mighty Metals' project, looking closely at how he used language to create imagery. The book in school was illustrated by Chris Mould. We had an online tutorial with the illustrator to learn how to draw the Iron Man. Look at our results! He inspired some of us to consider becoming illustrators when we grow up. We even shared our work on Twitter to see if he approved of our efforts! 

Year 4 paintings of Boudicca reflect their research as part of their project 'I am Warrior' on the Romans.

As part of their history study of the Romans, children designed and created their own mosaic tiles. Lovely work Year 4!

In their PSHCE lesson Year 4 discussed 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch. Children considered the emotions of the figure in the foreground and why he might be screaming. This led to discussion of anxiety, fears and phobias and ways in which we can cope with these.

Paul Jackson Pollock was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was acclaimed for his technique of pouring or splashing liquid household paint onto a horizontal surface, enabling him to view and paint his canvases from all angles. Here is our art work inspired by Jackson Pollock. 

As part of their 'Pharaohs' creative learning project, children in Year 5 designed and made canopic jars using papier mache and lots of gold paint.

During their 'Time Traveller' project Year 5 children enjoyed developing design criteria to inform the creation of their innovative and functional clocks inspired by time phrases such as ‘time is precious’ and ‘time flies’, including selecting from and using a range of tools to cut, shape and join materials.

Can you work out the time phrase that has inspired the creation of each clock?

Please click on the first image below to browse through the photos.

Year 5 learned how to create Andy Warhol-style, pop art portraits from a photo using a Photoshop application.

Children in Year 5, both at home and at school, learned about the life and work of Andy Warhol.

In school and at home, Year 5 produced colour washes and silhouettes to represent the passage of time.

During their 'Beast Creator' project Year 5 used graded sketching pencils to create drawings of mini-beasts. We are sure you will agree that they are amazing!

Click on the first picture below to view our gallery of sketches.

Click on the first picture below to view our gallery of sketches.

During their 'Child's War' project Year 6 created paintings of the Blitz.

In Year 6, as part of their 'ID' project, children carefully observed photographs of famous people and then sketched the matching half of their portrait. The results are fabulous!

Year 6 art - oils on canvas

We have displayed our art work in Sprotbrough Library.

 Each year we enter the Don Valley Arts Festival. In 2016 children at Copley Junior School were successful in being placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the category for 9-15 years! In 2017 Emelia D was placed 2nd for her age category. In 2018 Isabelle S was placed 2nd for her age category and a selected number of our children's art pieces were chosen to be presented in the exhibition. In 2019 Lacey O was placed 1st in the age category 8 years and under and Gracie D was placed 2nd in the 9-13 years category. Parents and relatives were able to view all the entries as they were exhibited at Sir Thomas Wharton School over one weekend.

In 2020, the theme for the art competition at the Don Valley Festival was 'holidays'. One of the creative entries is pictured below:

Please click on each featured piece of art work below to move through the carousel.

Cre8tive Textiles Club - During Cre8tive Textiles Club, using various background bases and art materials, children create printed designs onto fabric, using stamps and freehand painting.

This short course allows time to: develop stamping/painting skills; create a picture on a fabric square (large enough to be made into a cushion/picture) and then decorate/customise a pencil case/stuff bag. The children have thoroughly enjoyed developing their creative skills!

Sand Art - During these sessions the children carry out craft activities using colourful sand to make pictures. They also get the opportunity to make their own sand bottle decoration.

Art - Miss Passant leads our very popular extra-curricular Art Club. Children undertake fun activitities to develop their skills using a range of media, including water colours and oil pastels.

Create Club – Create Club is run by Mrs Lyons, who runs her Create Club Company, providing workshops for schools and community groups. The children make a creative ‘Around the World’ product each week to bring home as follows: Cave paintings with charcoal and mud; Aboriginal art; African bead making; Indian rice mandalas; Japanese printing and origami; Marvellous Mayan masks; Russian Faberge egg.

Craft Club - Children make a variety of craft products at this club, including badges, dream catchers, hedgehog keyrings, finger puppets and themed crafts.

 What Our Pupils Say

Here are some of the children's most recent reflections on their learning:

  • “I am proud of the map of Alchemy Island that I created and the silhouette picture in our ‘Time Traveller’ project.” Amelia D
  • “My favourite subject is art so I went to creativity club to build up my creativity skills. My art skills are improving thanks to the sessions at school.” Lidija
  • “I am most proud of my Egyptian artefacts sketching as it took me a long time, I focused hard and it was fun to do.” Emelia D
  • “I am proud of the Stone Age artwork that I did.” Allegra
  • “This year my favourite subject has been art because I am good at painting.” Aubrey
  • “My favourite subject has been art because I love drawing and improving my skills.” Bailey
  • “My favourite subject has been art because I like being creative.” Bella
  • “My favourite subject has been art because I like to paint and be creative. I am proud of the cave painting pictures I did because I took lots of care when creating them.” Eliza
  • “The work I am really proud of is my picture of a hawk because I tried my best to make it look good.” Isabelle
  • “This year, my favourite subject has been art because I love creating and designing things.” Skye
  • “My favourite subject is art because I am very good at it and practise a lot. I’m really proud of all of my artwork.” Evie
  • “I like art best as it is good for my creativity skills.” Nieve