The AccessArt Drawing Journey for Ages 5 to 11

Welcome to the AccessArt Drawing Journey for Primary-Aged Children!

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How do we inspire and enable children just starting out on their creative journey to explore drawing in its fullest sense?

How do we make sure our approaches and activities are as inclusive and aspirational as possible?

And how do we ensure all teachers, including non-specialist teachers, feel confident in facilitating drawing in the classroom?

Let AccessArt help you teach drawing skills in your school, and take your pupils on an exciting drawing journey!

Journeyful Teaching

A word before we begin. The AccessArt Drawing Journey is designed so that specialist and non-specialist teachers alike can facilitate exciting drawing lessons with pupils. If you are a non-specialist teacher with little drawing experience, please be reassured that you do not have be great at drawing to be a great drawing facilitator. The most helpful (and actually inspirational) thing you can do for your pupils is to model a willingness to go on the drawing journey with the children. This makes it a rewarding creative experience for you, and a validating experience for them. 

Spotting Potential and Nurturing a Young Talent by Jan Miller

What is the Drawing Journey?

The AccessArt Drawing Journey aims to balance a number of key areas of exploration:

  • We open up what “drawing” can be, in and of itself and its impact upon other areas of learning.

  • We balance opportunities for skill development with opportunities for novelty and experimentation.

  • We build understanding of drawing both as an outcome and activity, and provide opportunities which develop this understanding.

  • We inspire by looking at the work of other artists. 

  • We build understanding of how we might gently “assess” drawing, by both teachers and pupils.

The Drawing Journey has 6 steps: Understanding, Exercises, Materials, Projects, Inspiration & Assessment, explored with each year group.

Read about the Aims and Intent behind the AccessArt Drawing Journey here.

Start your Drawing Journey

Young children draw naturally, and they are eager to explore. Explore how to feed their appetite and imagination with the Drawing Journey. Find age appropriate exercises, project and guidance about art materials.  Start your Journey for ages 5 to 7 (UK Years 1 and 2)

Continue to widen pupils’ experience of drawing. Build upon skills introduced previously and develop their understanding and practice. Start your journey for ages 7 to 9 (UK Years 3 and 4).

Children are now well on their way to becoming confident, creative decision makers, able draw upon a wide variety of skills and experience to follow their own creative instinct. Start your journey for ages 9 to 11 (UK Years 5 and 6).

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