Children at Barnes Primary School start using their sketch books from Y1 through to Y6. They are used for children to experiment with ideas and techniques and practise their art in advance of creating their final outcomes. Work with Olivia is very much based in their creative journals and these are then used as reference points for work in class, where the children can revisit previous skills and techniques learnt.
Mark making is vital and starts in the EYFS, both taught and through self-exploration, and is both an indoor and outdoor activity. The colour wheel and colour mixing starts with the basics in EYFS, where they devote a half term to colour and pattern, and gets more sophisticated as the children gain knowledge and experiment through their time at school.
Sketchbook examples - Y1