Our Learning – Art



Summer Art Exhibition 

On Friday 7th July 2017 we held our very first Art Exhibition! The children loved displaying their work and celebrating it with their families. It was great to see so many parents joining their children in class to collaborate in a range of art activities including painting, printing, sketching and collage. The exhibition continued on Saturday 8th July as part of our Midsummer Fayre where all the arts were celebrated including music and dance performances as well as art and cake decorating competitions.

Art Exhib

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KS1 John Lewis Drawing Competition May 2017

A huge well done to Aron in Italy Class for being selected to have his drawing displayed in the John Lewis shop window in Welwyn Garden City this summer!

John Lewis


Arts Mark

January 2016 – Ardley Hill Academy celebrates joining Artsmark
At Ardley Hill Academy we are very excited to be joining the prestigious Artsmark Award. Artsmark is Art Council England’s award for schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence in their provision. It celebrates schools that embrace the arts across the curriculum and make the arts come alive for pupils. It is a badge of distinction for schools who engage children and young people in the arts.
In order to become an Artsmark School, we put together a Statement of Commitment to the arts. We have been supported in writing our Statement by the Royal Opera House Bridge and the University of Bedfordshire. Our Statement celebrates the strengths of the school’s current provision, including our dedication to singing in Upper Key Stage Two. As part of the statement, we have also set out our ambitions for future arts provision within the school that we will be working towards. This includes more arts based clubs, arts provision at lunch times and expanding the use of our outdoor theatre area, which we already know the children are be very excited about.

Arts Award

At Ardley Hill we have qualified Arts Award Advisers. Arts Awards are a range of unique qualifications that support anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form – from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.
Offered at five different levels, young people get to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
  • develop their creativity and leadership skills
  • learn new skills and share them with others
  • get to work with or experience working with creative arts professionals
  • gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment

To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. Young people create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey. Along the way they are supported by an Arts Award adviser, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor.
We are delighted to be working with Love Art and Craft (www.loveartandcraft.co.uk) who are running Arts Award Discover and Explore courses for KS1 and KS2 children. The KS2 course is now full (but watch this space in September 2017!) and there are 2 places left in the KS1 course if you would like to join.
The children are all thoroughly enjoying the learning through the ‘arts’ and creating wonderful art work. Take a look on the Academy or Love Art and Craft Facebook pages for weekly updates!

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The Culture Challenge

This academic year, 2016-2017, the whole of the Academy are taking part in The Culture Challenge as part of our creative curriculum and dedication to the Arts. Look out for these challenges being ticked off in our sketchbooks!

Culture Challenge

Craft Club

Craft Club is a fun and creative way to spend a Thursday lunchtime! Children have the chance to extend their love for arts and crafts, create products they are proud of and meet new friends! Some activities include body printing, marbling, making pencil cases and origami! Look out for some examples of our fantastic work displayed around school!

Photography Club

Since starting photography club in 2015 we have found lots of budding photographers at Ardley Hill! The lunchtime club provides children the opportunity to explore digital photography for themselves focusing on themes such as composition, light and framing through fun activities. Our photographers have also documented events such as our science week, Race for Life and even interviewed professional photographers who have visited us! Look out for examples of their outstanding photographs in the school entrance.


photography club


Lunchtime Art Trolley

Our extensive art trolley allows children to continue their art work at lunchtime. The trolley is well stocked with chalks, sketching pencils, coloured paper and card, stencils, weaving equipment and paintbrushes to allow the children to be as creative as they like. The younger children enjoy refining their fine motor skills by mark making whilst older year groups use this facility to extend their topic learning. Challenges and competitions are run throughout lunchtimes by the Art Ambassadors.

Art Ambassadors

September 2016 – More details to follow.

APFS Christmas Card Project

December 2015 – The children loved taking part in the project to design their own Christmas card. Through this project we raised approx. £200 for the school which will be used solely to improve the arts within the Academy.
May 2016 – We have used the money raised through this project to buy exhibition boards to display children’s work at our upcoming Art Exhibition in the summer.

Arts Star

A monthly Arts Star is awarded in a special assembly on Friday to a child/ren in each class who has shown an outstanding contribution in the arts over the month. This includes perseverance, patience and overcoming challenge in all the arts.

Arts Star



Access Art
In 2016 we set the whole Academy an Easter homework to participate in a nationwide competition set by Access Art. The challenge was to depict ‘My World’ through painting, drawing, collage or making. We were amazed by the creativity of the children and very proud to find out that the following children were shortlisted for a prize!
Ryder McCabe – age 5
Kristian-Lee Wakefield – age 8
Amy Clinton –age 8
Luke Oliver – age 9
Taylor Lewry – age 9
Ali Gungor – age 9
Sarah Tandy – age 9
Beth Eely – age 10
Please follow the link to see their work.

July 2016 – We were delighted to find out that Harry Roberts (age 8) had been selected as the runner up winner for his fantastic minibeast collage! Harry won himself £50 worth of Cass Art Materials! Well Done Harry!

Access Art

Design a Star of the Week

2016 – Each class in the Academy had the chance to design a new Star of the Week certificate. The winning design was chosen by the current Art Ambassadors and was created by Luke Green in Year 5.

Design an Arts Star

2016 – Each class in the Academy had the chance to design a certificate for an Arts Star. The winning design was chosen by the current Art Ambassadors and was created by Eleanor Haughton in Year 3.

Well done to Hannah in Norway Class for winning the new KS1 star of the week design competition ready for September 2017 and Jasmine in Kenya class for designing the winning certificate for KS2.

Star of Week

British Values Art

During the summer term each class had several dedicated lessons learning about British Values. The children then demonstrated their understanding of the different values through art. Inspiration for their art work was taken from Jackson Pollock, Matisse, Banksy and Roy Lichtenstein just to name a few! This fabulous work is displayed in the hall.

Art Week

Art Week and our first Art Exhibition were due to take place in July 2016. This has been rescheduled due the unforeseen flooding. More details will follow soon.

Exhibition Boards

Due to the generosity of FOAH and the funds raised from the APFS Christmas Card Project in 2015 we have purchased 7 large freestanding exhibition display boards. We use these regularly during events such as open evenings. These can be hired from us at a cost. If you are interested please contact the school office for further details.

exhibition boards