Art and DT at Bessemer

Art and Design

The visual arts play an important part of life here at Bessemer Primary School. Each academic year begins with an art week, the children spend the first few days completing art work which we then display at our annual art exhibition. Childs work is framed and parents have the oppertunity to purchase their childs work. Art is taught for arts sake as well as incorporated into our half termly topics. A range of art skills are taught such as; painting, drawing, printing, batik, weaving, sculpture and sewing. Childrens work is displayed in classrooms and corridoors around the school. Whenever possible childrens work is displayed in public galleries. We have been lucky enough to have work displayed at the Tate Modern, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Biscuit Factory Gallery in Bermondsey. 

Visual art and DT are taught each half term, we teach a range of art skills and have worked hard to ensure these skills are built upon each year from year 1 to year 6. Please click on our progression grid to see how the subject skills are progressed through the years.

Art and Design Progression Grid KS1 and 2


Big Draw 

Each year our children take part in the National Big Draw. This yearly event is themed and we usually complete a whole school piece. This year we made living lines. Look at our whole school drawing and see our lines move! In the past we have created still life drawings, made whole school hands which we wrapped around the school and drawn our school comunity.

Art Exhibition 

Each year we hold an art exhibition to raise funds for the art and creativity at Bessemer. Please click on the link to see this years virtual exhibition and galleries. 

Art Exhibition 2020


We teach a range of art activities during the day at Bessemer. Please look at some of the great work produced by the children.


For a larger view, please click on the thumbnails below:

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Working with professional artists

Children regularly work with artists especially during the summer term when we prepare for carnival.

art workshop