Visual Arts

Visual arts activities in the curriculum enable the child to make sense of and express his or her world in visual tangible form. The visual arts curriculum emphasises the importance of both making art and responding to art. Attention is also drawn to the significance of the creative process and to the development of an understanding of visual concepts.  Observation, imagination and the child’s own experience provide the starting points for artistic activities. Children will experiment with a range of stimulating materials and tools in an assortment of colours and textures, using a variety of techniques.  Primary School Curriculum Introduction




Each level has six strands, which are organised to ensure a balance between making art and looking and responding to art. The strands are:


  • Drawing                                  
  • Clay                        
  • Print            
  • Paint and Colour                    
  • Construction            
  • Fabric and fibre


These curriculum “glance cards” were designed to provide a one-page overview of the content objectives in each strand unit for all class levels. It is not intended that these glance cards replace the curriculum documents but that rather they will provide an immediate snapshot of how particular concepts are developed from infants to sixth class.   Click here to view the Visual Arts Curriculum ‘at a glance’ cards