Teachers and trainee teachers need to see the ‘bigger picture’ when it comes to writing. Teaching writing involves more than simply teaching the mechanics of writing such as spelling, grammar and punctuation. Writing takes place right across the curriculum and good teachers see opportunities for teaching writing in every lesson.

Writing in Art and Design

Writing in art and design
Adam Bushnell

with staff of the Bowes Museum Education Team

Teachers' Standards

Plan and Teach Well-structured Lessons

  • impart knowledge and develop understanding through effective use of lesson time
  • promote a love of learning and children's intellectual curiosity

Key icon Key Questions

  • How can writing be linked to art?
  • What kind of art is best to promote a positive attitude towards writing in the classroom?
  • What steps lead to effective writing based around art?
  • How can we maintain high-quality writing when teaching children about art?


Art is a subject that is often left for PPA lessons. It is a subject that some might consider less important than other curriculum areas and one that some teachers are uncomfortable about because they feel that ...

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