Compendium - Art and design resources for primary schools

Compendium - art and design for primary schools

Arts Council England, National Governance Association and nsead have created this guide on Art and Design for governing boards. 

Download the resource 


Tate Gallery 

There is a wide range of art-based activities for primary school pupils to try here with fun how-to guides to follow. 

Art activities 

Pop art


Robin Webb

Robin is a freelance animator and filmmaker who works mostly within schools and the community. He has worked with many organisations across the North East and has produced two videos that teachers can use with primary school pupils to create a character that they can use in a stop motion film and also a clay character. Click on the links below to find out more.

Making a clay character

Making a character for stop motion


Access Art 

Designed to help schools deliver an inspiring and appropriate curriculum for pupils working at home or school, AccessArt DrawAble connects drawing, narrative and visual literacy to provide pupils with a creative bridge to help them navigate from lockdown towards the new normal.

Drawing for recovery


Shipley Art Gallery 

The Shipley Art Gallery has teamed up with local artist Elizabeth Kane who explains how to create a winter water-colour using water-colour pencils.

An activity using water-colour pencils


Théâtre Sans Frontières 

The golden conch shell is an animated shadow puppetry film, that sees Siblings Serena and Billy try to find their voice in the contemporary world.


Royal Academy  

Inspired by the RA’s world-class exhibitions, leading artists and architects and collection, they have created a range of art-based activities that include making a stop-frame animation, how to create a portrait and even how to make your own paintbrush. 

Art activities 

How to make a stop-frame animation


Artis Foundation 

‘What is art?’. To help children answer this philosophical question, Artis worked with Korean visual artist Do Ho Suh to develop resources and activities for teachers to explore with their children.

What is art resources

There are also a range of primary school teaching resources below: 

Teaching resources


BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art 

BALTIC has been working with their freelance artist team to create some brand new Home & School resources. Inspired by BALTIC exhibitions, past and present, and created by BALTIC’s Learning and Freelance Artist teams, they’ll offer prompts and inspiration for children of all ages, but particularly under 13s.

Home & School resources


Draw with Rob Biddulph

Famous author and illustrator Rob Biddulph has created a series of draw-along videos that parents or teachers can watch with children and, hopefully, create some brilliant artwork. 

Draw with Rob video series 


MIMA - Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

MIMAMAKING

MIMA has partnered with Illustrator Katie Chappell to launch a new weekly YouTube show. Each show is filled with  lots of brilliant 'making and doing' ideas for children of all ages to do at home or in the classroom.

Introduction to the show

Full list of episodes


Little Inventors

If you are looking for a creative activity Little Inventors has everything you need to embrace the spirit of imagination and support your students in coming up with marvellous, ingenious and bonkers invention ideas!


National Glass Centre 

The programming team have come up with a series of fun home-based workshops inspired by each of the 7 international artists in their new online exhibition No Strings.

No Strings workshops


Tees Valley Creative Learning Partnership  

Tees Valley Creative Learning Partnership has created a resource with a range of activities based around a specific theme. The current theme centres around Spring, but more activities will be added over the year. 

Art activities


Bowes Museum 

In honour of the magnificent painting by Dieric Bouts that depicts St Luke drawing the Virgin and Child, Bowes Museum has created a video series called #InspiredByBouts along with running workshops in June 2020. Find out more by clicking the links below:  

Inspired by Bouts video series

Bouts art workshops

Portraits through objects PDF download


Laing Art Gallery

From a tour of the museum to art activities to try at home there are a range of primary art resources available to you. Simply click the relevant links below. 


Cast of Thousands

Cast of Thousands, hand-pick books that your class will really enjoy exploring from home or school. Their website  includes recommendations in their Meet the Books section with exciting ideas for putting those books at the heart of creative cross-curricular learning. Check out the resources below: 

Help children learn as they play by sharing a story and building this  exploration pod designed by graphic artist Daniel Weatheritt