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Art, Craft, Design, Culture and Creativity

Art is taught as a stand alone subject by Mrs Comber, a specialist art and design teacher. We are very lucky to have our own art room, which is used by Year 1 - Year 6. Art is widely used to broaden other areas of the curriculum and is seen as a rich opportunity to develop new and exciting art techniques, to gain a strong knowledge and understanding about a variety of contemporary and historical artists and to allow children to express themselves and take risks in a safe, creative environment. We are continuing to build strong links with the Turner Contemporary and have recently visited and exhibited there! Trips to local galleries, spaces and exhibitions encourage community engagement. Local artists and organisations are often invited into school to help further our creative skills and give us a greater understanding of the art world beyond the classroom. Our gifted and talented artists are given specialist opportunities to enhance their work further, through trips, community work and curation.

Progression of Skills in Art

Progression of Skills in Art

Our whole school became Art Builders for the day!

Exploring 3d, form and sculpture!

Our Young Dance Leaders are working in partnership with Creative voices! Creating freeze frames...

Our Young Art Leaders work with Turner Contemporary on the 'School Prints Project'!

Whole school art days inspired by the artwork Florence by Stephen Farthing

World Book Day 2021 inspired by Alice in Wonderland!

Year 1 Art at Home and in School Learning!

Year 2 Art Home Learning!

Year 3 Art Home Learning!

Year 4 Art Home Learning!

Year 5 Art Home Learning!

Year 6 Art Home Learning!

Turner Contemporary Video 1

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Turner Contemporary Video 2

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Turner Contemporary Video 3

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Art video 4

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Art video 5

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When you can't take the children to the gallery, bring the gallery to the children! Welcome 'Florence' by Stephen Farthing, kindly lent to us by the Arts Council Collection.

Our KS1 Postcards from Home video game!

See our KS1 Postcards from Home artwork, which is being exhibited at The Margate School's exhibition: An Art-Line for Margate!

Our Black History Heroes! Who's Your Icon?

Celebrating our Black History Heroes! Who's Your Icon?

Year 1 celebrate The Big Draw. #ClimateOfChange #BigGreenDraw

Canterbury Art Festival 2020! What makes you unique?

LAS Theatre bring The Lion Inside performance to Drapers Mills!

EYFS and KS1 children were treated to a magical performance of The Lion Inside by LAS Theatre. The story, by author Rachel Bright, tells the tale of a shy, little mouse, who sets out on a journey to find his roar. Thank you LAS Theatre for bringing this fantastic show to Drapers Mills!

Our Postcards From Home are now ready to be posted to The Margate School to be exhibited!

KS1 Postcards from Home project with The Margate School

Exhibiting at The Thanet School's Young Artist Festival @ The Margate School!

Margate Rotary Club Young Artist Festival winners!

Congratulations to Richard and Bethany in year 5, who have been awarded 1st and 2nd place in the Margate Rotary Club Young Artist's Festival 2020! I'm sure you'll agree that their Picasso style portraits are very eye-catching! Well done to everyone from KS1 and KS2 that entered. Richard and Bethany's work will be exhibited at TMS (The Margate School) later this year!
Congratulations to Declan in Year 2 for being awarded a merit for his beautiful, uplifting artwork 'the birds, bees, flowers and trees'.
We are an Art Builders school! On 30th June, the whole school will be creating and building together. Visit to find everything you need to join in!  Each week we will be posting a new, exciting project for you... this week starts with Japanese artist Nahoko Kojima, who creates exquisite, hand crafted paper cut outs. All of the art work that we create will be put into a 360 Virtual Reality exhibition created by Animate Arts... lets get crafting!

Young art Leader Marnie has been busy at home creating some fantastic work for Art Builders. Everything has been sent to Art Builders HQ in Faversham, ready to be exhibited in their 360° gallery! Well done Marnie for all of your hard work!

Art Builders Challenge #3 - Gormley's Army!

Art Builders Challenge #2!

Art builders 2020!

Art Builders Challenge #1

Art Builders at home! Challenge #1 completed by Young Art Leader Violet in year 4 - great artwork Violet!

Well done to Young Art Leader Oliver in Year 4 for completing Art Builders challenge #1. Such beautiful colours and a fantastic composition!

Drapers Mill's We're All In this Together! By 1927 Theatre Company!

Created by 1927 Theatre Company during 'Lockdown' 2020, from all of the staff at Drapers Mills Primary school, for our pupils and their families who are soci...


A fun video has been created by 1927 Performance Company in Margate for the pupils and families of Drapers Mills Primary school. Staff at Drapers have been busy filming themselves singing and dancing to the song 'We're All in this Together' from the film High School Musical. 

" All of our staff wanted to do something extra special which would cheer the children up during this uncertain time. Many of our children are distancing at home and haven't seen our smiling faces in a long time. 1927 very kindly offered to create the music video for us, with Paul Bartitt, their founding animator and illustrator, putting everything together for us".


The music video showcases a wide range of hidden staff talents including garden acrobatics, baton twirling, hula hooping and disco loving dancing dog Dexter, the family pet of year two teacher Hayley Barrett. The video also includes messages of hope and year 5 teacher Daniel Chantler showing off his ever lengthening lockdown locks!


1927 have also gifted the school enough stationery and stamps for staff to write  100 handwritten letters to pupils. Art teacher Gemma Comber has written more than 30 letters to the school's YALs (Young Art Leaders). The letters to YALs will also include a special Arts Builders pack, full of creative resources made by Faversham based company Animate Arts. 


"Art Builders is about inspiring schools and giving all young children and teaching staff an opportunity to get involved in the arts and be creative". Artistic director, Jo Dyer, secured amazing support for the Art Builders at Home project from Kent County Council, who have pledged to print 3000 packs to send to vulnerable families across Kent. 


As well as the YALs engaging with these exciting art activities from home, the whole school will also be participating in an Art Builders Day on Tuesday 30th June. Japanese artist Nahoko Kojima, who creates exquisite hand crafted paper cuts, will be the first artist to inspire the pupils. Weekly resources featuring different artists will be released each week on the Art Builders website. Schools and families from across the South East can still join in by signing up and registering on


"Drapers Mills strives to provide its pupils with a broad, exciting and successful artistic life within its walls, which also reaches out into our local community. We are committed to connect with each of our pupils; supporting their self-esteem and sense of wellbeing. Art and creativity are at the heart of our school and having a rich arts education during these uncertain times is of paramount importance to our staff and pupils. We thank 1927 and Animate Arts company for their continued support and generosity when we've needed it most!"

Congratulations Domantas! Your artwork 'Places are Lost; New Spaces are Found' has been awarded Highly Commended in the KS2 category for Portfolio 2020! The judges said "We thought this was a highly creative and original response to the brief that had a mature, powerful and current message behind it".

Turner Contemporary Portfolio Shortlisted entries!

Congratulations to Domantas, Denislav and Logan who have had their artwork shortlisted to be presented to the judging panel at Turner Contemporary! This year's Portfolio theme was Places and Spaces and there were almost 700 entries to the competition from across Kent and Medway; we are more than thrilled to have three of our pupil's work selected! Good luck in the next stage of the competition and well done to the hundreds of you who entered!


'A-Z of Lost Places' by Logan, year 4.

The A-Z of places lost, repositioned into new spaces. What have you lost? What have you found? Where have you list? Where have you found?


'Places are Lost; New Spaces are Found' by Domantas, year 5. 

All around the world, people undertake journeys, often in extreme circumstances. There isn't always time to pack and say goodbye. Places are lost and new spaces are found. What would you take with you? How would you travel? Where would you go?


'A New Perspective' by Denislav, year 5.

See the world from a fresh point of view. Look into the mirrors and see places unexpected! There are new spaces all around us waiting to be discovered!


   Thanet School's Young Artist Exhibition entries.

   KS1: Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees

   KS2: Picasso Style Portraits







    Turner Contemporary and Canterbury Christ Church University Portfolio competition entries.

    'Places and Spaces' by KS1 and KS2 pupils.


    Sketchbook and prep work for Places and Spaces:







    We begin every art lesson by drawing in our sketchbooks:


    Pilgrim's Hospice 'What makes you Unique?' competition entries:








   KS2 Sketchbook and prep work for the Thanet School's Young Artist Exhibition.

   Picasso Style Portraits:









    KS1 prep work for the Thanet School's Young Artist Exhibition.

    Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees:




      Our Margate Now map @ Turner Contemporary!

      Our Young Art Leaders worked with artist Sam Ayre to design an alternative map for visitors  to use during the Margate Now Festival.







   Year 6 YALs visited Royal Harbour Academy for a secondary art transition day. There was the opportunity to try out digital art making, different types of sketching, collage and 3d making. We also made a DMPA cape and raided the teachers buffet for cake!! A great day had by all!



   Welcome to 1927's Raree Tales Project 'The Emperor's New Clothes' @ The Kitchen, Margate! Every child in Year 5 took part in the project by creating wild words and peculiar pictures which have been edited and animated together into a film.






       Our Young Dance Leaders practising their Power of Children dance with performers from Creative Voices, ready to be performed at Turner Contemporary!



    KS1 children listened, participated and created during their Bon Homme workshops with artist Estelle Rosenfeld. There was live music, storytelling, object theatre and Philosophy for Children during the immersive show 'built with mud and powered by thoughts', which explored the world around them, with a focus on What makes a Good human?








     Each year, Drapers Mills designs and makes an alternative Christmas tree for St John's Church ready for their annual tree festival. This year we decided to create an Eco themed tree with the message 'Give the Gift of Oxygen, Plant a Tree'. Every element of the tree was handcrafted from natural materials, with British native tree seeds pegged on for visitors to take and plant.






    DMPA take a VIP tour of The Turner Prize 2019 exhibition @ Turner Contemporary!!!







     We are very proud that 25 of our Young Art Leaders have been awarded with Arts Award Discover! #AnimateArts





     At the beginning of every year, our first term is devoted to drawing. We take part in The Big Draw festival, and love experimenting with drawing techniques, games and different mediums.





    50 years since man first landed on the moon...




    Our Space inspired fashion show. Each garment/accessory was designed and made by the pupils, ready to be strutted down the cat walk for the Neal Foundation judges!






    Pupils from reception to year 6 enjoyed a selfie and portrait photography workshop led by Star Snappers. Pupils learnt how to use a variety of photographic equipment and how to take professional photographs of themselves and their friends!






     'Ruined Resources' by Bethany is ready to be viewed at Turner Contemporary. Bethany was crowned winner of the KS2 Portfolio Competition, competing with over 1,000 entries from across Kent and Medway. Bethany also took part in an interview filmed for Turner Contemporary's website... fantastic!



   Three of our Young Art Leaders attended Animate Arts Manifesto Day @ Turner Contemporary. This special event bought together the activists, campaigners, do-ers and supporters of education and creativity under one roof. Over the course of the day, we built a manifesto to campaign for more art in schools. Our YALS presented to the room and are now ready to champion the arts and encourage more art in every school!







   Our YALS embarked on a 360 virtual reality mission to the moon! They experienced flying a rocket, landing on the moon and exploring the lunar landscape. Everything they viewed on the headsets had been entirely created by them, from cardboard and newspaper, during their Dreamland Big Build Day. What an Out Of this World expedition!




     Mission Complete! The DMPA Space Museum is open to the public @ 101 Social Club!

#ArtBuilders #YoungArtLeaders #AnimateArts #SpaceMuseum









       Art Builders are GO! Pupils in years 1-6 have been busy creating artwork as part of their Animate Arts Big Build! We will be curating our own exhibition called 'The Space Museum', led by our Young Art Leaders at 101 Social Club. We are all very excited!







     Our YALS visit artist Katy Patterson's exhibition 'A Place that Exists only in Moonlight' @ Turner Contemporary. We had an amazing time; smelling the scented artworks, gazing at the giant solar eclipse ball, exploring artefacts and reading letters to dead stars. We are now full to the brim with ideas for our own artwork! Such an inspirational exhibition!


   CONGRATULATIONS to Bethany, in year 4, for winning Turner Contemporary's Portfolio Prize for best conceptual artwork! The judges were so impressed with your piece 'Ruined Resources', which was selected from over 1,300 entries from across Kent and Medway. Well done also to all of our pupils who were shortlisted, we are so very proud of you all for being selected into the top 100 entries! @Canterbury Christ Church University.



    So wonderful to see our children's artwork on display at the Thanet School's Young Artist Art Exhibition. Congratulations to Sean, Amelia and Hristina who were awarded 1st, 2nd and a merit. We were compeing against 43 Thanet Primary schools.... well done everyone!




    Our Young Dance Leaders practising their Power of Children Dance with Creative Voices and pupils from RAPS @ Turner Contemporary:


    Our Young Art Leaders enjoyed an exciting day at Dreamland, as they embarked on their Big Build Day with Animate Arts Company, professional artists and over 100 children from schools in East Kent. Our mission was to build a lunar landscape made entirely from newspaper and card, which could be walked through and filmed in 360 virtual reality!




   Our KS1 and 2 'Our Special World', David Hockney inspired artwork, ready for the Thanet School's Young Artist Art Exhibition:



















      Year 5 were delighted to be given the chance to work alongside artists and performers from 1927 Film and Theatre company. Liz and Dom fired up the children's imaginations with fun filled games, fuelled their curiosity and developed their creativity through a series of activities. The children were encouraged to share their view of the world and tell their stories through illustration, craft and animation as part of 1927's Animated Worlds project.



       What an amazing time we have had celebrating this year's Power of Women Festival! We joined the Still We Rise banner procession along Margate seafront, led by artist Jessica Voorsanger, with our own handmade 'Equality' banner.Our wonderful Young Dance Leaders performed a flash mob dance to a huge audience, decked out in hand printed t-shirts, cheered on by many of their family and friends! Happy International Women's Day!!!




   Look at our AMAZING artwork entries to this year's Turner Contemporary Portfolio Competition. The theme is Art Rebels, and children in year 1-6 have risen to the challenge! Entries include 'Toddler Trump', 'Weapons of Art Destruction' and a gallery with no artwork!


  WOW! We have been awarded £900 from the Neal Foundation annual art competition! Pupils from across the school got involved with Children's Mental Health Week, by taking part in our art exhibition 'Healthy: Inside and Out'. We worked in partnership with Place2Be and curated our whole school exhibition, by filling every corner and board of the school with artwork. We thanked the NHS, presented work to different organisations, worked alongside artists and galleries and performed songs, shows and dances to the judges.

"The over- riding feature of this exhibition is the ability of these pupils to confidently go out and engage with local, national and international artistic communities. They appear to be building themselves a reputation for taking on any art initiative that comes their way. Art at Drapers Mills fosters talent and feeds self-belief. Congratulations to Mrs Comber and all of the staff for developing such an outward looking community of young, adventurous artists".


    Pupils in year 3-6 entered the Cheerful Sparrow's art competition, in which they were challenged to create a 'cheerful' piece of artwork. Pupils drew inspiration from artist Henri Matisse and combined painting, layering, cutting and collaging to create their bright, bold, artwork. The winners presented their artwork to the Cheerful Sparrows ward at QEQM hospital, to help cheer up the doctors, nurses, patients and visitors!



    We LOVE to PLAY and have FUN in our art lessons!!!



    We were very lucky to be visited by Jo and Jen from Turner Contemporary, who led a whole school assembly about this years Portfolio competition 'Art Rebels'. KS1 and 2 watched in shock and awe as a precious cup was smashed, all in the name of art and rebellion! Year 4 were treated to an art rebels workshop, where heated discussions and curious art were created!



   Year 6 explored artwork by artist Judith Scott; which included a lot of wrapped objects. Our wrapped objects represented treasure, which we might bury under ground, which linked to their current book 'Holes' by Louis Sacher.



    Year 5 responded to the music 'Storm' by Benjamin Britten during music day. We made paper boats and attached a list of items that we would take on a voyage. We thought about the millions of people who travel across stormy seas in search of a better life, often under tragic circumstances. We compared artwork by JMW Turner and Hokusai. Using ink, collage and paint, we then listened to the Storm music and created our own seascapes. Intensely beautiful!


     Year 1 fruit portraits!


    Rainforest inspired artwork:


   Dot day artwork:


   Congratulations to Karina, for winning the KS2 Portfolio Competition! Our Gifted and talented pupils viewed Turner Contemporary's current exhibition 'Animals and Us'. Karina, in year 5, who won the KS2 Portfolio competition, got to view her artwork 'Meat, Eggs, Dairy'!



    'Journeys to the Wasteland' artwork, in response to the exhibition we visited at Turner Contemporary. A personal interpretation by year 6 pupils who investigated themes including WW1, loss, battles, loneliness and quests.



     Year 5 responding to the work of Henri Rousseau as part of the rainforest topic. We have been mixing up and changing the colour values of his paintings!



     Congratulations to Kai, Zana and Elizebeth for being awarded a merit and third prize for their 'Our Changing World' artwork at the Thanet School's Young Artist Art Exhibition:



   'Journeys to the Wasteland' at Turner Contemporary was visited by year 6. We cast our own shadows over 'Dutch/Light' and stepped inside 'Digestive Cavity' (a giant stomach, which made us feel strange!) and drew parallels between T.S Eliot's famous poem 'The Wasteland'.


    Year 6's Macbeth inspired monoprints:



     ART, ANIMALS and US is the theme for this years Turner Contemporary Portfolio Competition. We have explored many different mediums, techniques and materials including felting, collage, sculpture and even painting with egg!


     Congratulations to our winners of the Power of Women design competition. Charlie and Skye's artwork was chosen by the judges and printed onto 100s of bags and t-shirts to be worn and sold at the POW! festival at Turner Contemporary!



    Our gifted and talented artists are designing work for this year's Power of Women festival at Turner Contemporary. Their final designs will be printed onto t-shirts with Fiona De Bulat of DBA editions. After lots of trial and error with our mono prints, they are really beginning to look fantastic!


    Year 6 have been working collaboratively to design and create their own zines, with topics such as WW2, Zombies, unicorns, Star Wars, Harry Potter and the Vikings being chosen. Zine expert Emma Falconer kindly lent us her collection of zines to help inspire us.



    Pupils found delighted in pushing the boundaries of play during their Almost Always Muddy workshops. Storytelling, building and mess making helped to tell the story of Paper Bag Girl and her search for courage:



   Our Christmas Scarecrow, ready to be displayed at Tesco to help raise money for Porchlight:




     Check out our strong, bold prints of London, created by pupils in Year 4 Goldsmith class!



    Franca and Dario from 101 Social Club visited us to create Martinmas Lanterns. Later that evening, we gathered together to embark on a magical lantern walk around Margate.



    Young Art Leaders visit exhibitions @ Turner Contemporary, Garden Gate Project and 101 Social Club:

  • Bath Class @ ClaySpace Studios

  • Year 6, Bath class enjoyed getting their hands messy during a trip to ClaySpace Studios, Cliftonville. The children worked alongside artists Bridget and Sarah to sculpt baby dragons hatching out of eggs. The trip was to further enrich their learning of their current Vikings topic, with inspiration drawn from the book 'How to Train your Dragon'. We very much look forward to sharing their finished creations, once the clay has been fired and painted!


  • Neal Foundation Competition Winners! - Geography and Art

  • Year 2 Lila and the Secret of the Rain Clay Pieces

    Year 4 Dreamland in the 1980's Sculptures

    Year 5 Printed Mayan Pyramid

    Year 1 Bog Baby Paper Sculptures and Paintings

    Year 3 Volcano inspired Felt Making

    Year 6 Mono prints


  • ArtGate - Turner Contemporary Community Project

  • Jayden wins the Turner Contemporary's Art Portfolio KS2 Prize!



    Wow! Congratulations to Jayden for winning the Key Stage 2 Turner Centre Portfolio Art award at Canterbury Christ Church University. 


    With well over 1000 entries from across Kent and Medway to complete against, Jayden came out on top to scoop up the top prize of overall winner of the KS2 Turner Contempary Portfolio Art Competition.


    Jayden, from Year 4 Roehampton class, created a multi layered piece of artwork titled 'Concrete Jungle'. His main aim was to highlight the issue of the disappearance of forests and greenspaces and inspire us all to make a change by growing more trees instead of building more towns and cities.


    Well done also to Jovita for being an amazing runner up!

    See their art work at the 'Every Day is a New Day' exhibition at the Turner Centre from Friday 26th May - Sunday 24th September.


    Portfolio is Turner Contemporary and Canterbury Christ Church University’s annual art competition celebrating the creative talent of students and teachers from across Kent and Medway.


  • Visiting Artists Fiona and Jayne create Dreamland inspired

    Screen-prints with Year 4

  • Printing artists Fiona and Jayne visit year 4 to design and create screen-prints of Dreamland and Margate based on their current topic, the 1980s. Every child in year 4 sketch images and logos taken from Margate in the 1980s. These images were then cut into stencils and attached to frames. The children were then invited to choose a mixture of colours to pull through the screens using a'squigey' to create amazingly colourful screen-prints!


    We worked onto both plain and tissue paper collaged A1 paper... lots of mess and fun was had by all involved!


    Our artwork is going to be exhibited in the main school corridoor as part of our competition work for The Neal Foundation.


    School council will be arranging the exhibition and sale of some exclusive editions of our prints, which we are hoping to have on show to the local community... watch this space!!!

  • Felt Making - Year 3 Volcano Topic


  • Year 3 fully embracing their new topic by creating their own volcano inspired felt paintings,  with stitch detail. First, we listened to volcano music and made drawings from our imaginations. Next, we chose hot colours from the wool on offer, and began layering one colour to form a base. We then added more layers in different colours and tones, using a variety of details such as rolling felt balls, plaiting the wool and cutting it into different shapes and sizes.


    The final part of the felting process involved washing the wool in warm soapy water and rubbing it to create friction, which in turn, attached the wool fibres together which creates felt!


    Once the felt had dried, we were then able to begin stitching a variety of colours into it to add detail and areas of interest.


    Our artistic inspiration was drawn from the contemporary felting artist, Scottish born, Moy Mackay.


    Our vision

    Our children could be the budding artists of the future. We see our role as inspiring them to create and express themselves through art, craft and design.