Digital Arts- Artsmark

‘Children’s creative, expressive and physical development is closely linked with all aspects of their learning. They need enough experience of Art and Design in each school year to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings; and to develop their confidence in using media and
techniques’.

-Department for Education, National Curriculum. 

What is Digital Art?

Digital art and design is the use of Information and Communication Technologies in Art and Design.

Access to computers, mobile devices, scanners, digital cameras, printers, the internet,
 Virtual Reality (AR and VR) and fabrication technology such as 3D
printers and laser cutters can give pupils opportunities to express their ideas and be creative in new and exciting ways.


When using ICT in Art and Design, it is essential to consider why and how to use technology.

At Clapgate, we are ensuring that the children learn these skills in this ever growing technological world. The children have ample opportunities to learn these skills. Each key stage has a green screen, tripod and Ipad to movie make and create pictures. The children in Ks2 have access to a Digital Arts afterschool club where they movie make, create artistic pictures and use apps that improve their drawing techniques. 

Digital Art Club

The children at Digital Arts club looked at creating a monochromatic background and landscape silhouette. First, they had a go at creating a monochromatic background using paint. They used the hue, blue and added black very gradually in small amounts to create new shades of blue. Once they had finished they then used the app Brushes Redux to create their background digitally. The children were encouraged to use a different colour for their background and to select the appropriate brush size for their picture. Finally, they used black to create a silhouetted landscape in the foreground. The children thought the app was fantastic as you can watch your painting emerge!

Year 1  – Dinosaur Green Screen

In Year 1, the children were extremely lucky to take part in using a green screen. The children learnt about how important it is to make sure they follow clear instructions so that their mini movie clip would run smoothly. They had to pretend that they had seen a dinosaur and were extremely scared! The first step was that the children worked in small groups, standing on a green screen background, following instructions and being in character. 

Year 1 – Finished product 

The children then worked on turning their vision into reality! They were shown how to use an app to look like they were actually running away from a dinosaur in the jungle. As you can see… it was amazing.

Year 2 – Film Making

Year 2 were lucky enough for an actual film maker to come in to school and provide a workshop for them! The children are currently learning about The Great Fire of London and Charly planned her workshop around this. The children were involved in planning, creating props, acting and filming. They even helped out with some of the editing. The finished results are fantastic and the children worked so hard and enjoyed their day!

Year 2 – Finished Product 

The finished product is absolutely amazing!! The children looked at how they could piece together the different scenes. They looked at music and effects to make the video POP! I am so impressed with all the children and all of their hard work. 

Year 3 – Stone Age Settlements

Year 3 have been learning all about the Stone Age and their homes. The children looked at the different materials used to build Stone Age homes and then designed their own settlement on the “Brushes” app on the iPad. The children had to think carefully about colours, brush sizes and brush strokes. 

Year 3 – French

In 3FW the children were learning French greetings. They had previously looked at different places you might meet someone new or see a friend. The children picked an appropriate background for their conversation and then recorded it on an iPad.

Year 4 – John Lewis Christmas Advert

The children in year 4 were learning about playscripts. We discussed what a playscript was and how actors and actresses use them. The children watched a John Lewis Christmas advert to get some inspiration and then went away in groups to come up with their own advert. The children were told they needed to include a monster, a problem and how it was resolved. All the children did a fabulous job. Once they had learnt their lines, they thought about the different backgrounds they would use and then created their advert using the green screen. 

Year 5 – Remembrance Art 

On Remembrance Day the children in year 5 looked at the history behind the day and the importance it still has on people today. The children thought carefully about Flanders Field, the significance of the poppy and the different uniforms soldiers would wear and how they have changed over time. The year 5’s thought carefully about the colours they were using, the shadows and the different effects. All the pictures look absolutely amazing!