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Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2

The Everyday Guide to Primary Geography: Art

Margaret Mackintosh and Gemma Kent

  • Series Editor: Julia Tanner
  • Pages: 36
  • ISBN: 978-1-84377-366-5
  • Published: 2014

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This Guide is about the use of works of art to stimulate, enliven and enrich geography teaching and learning at key stages 1 and 2. It presents a wide range of classroom strategies for using art to develop pupils’ geographical thinking, knowledge and understanding, and to extend their geographical skills. It also explores the rich possibilities for cross-curricular work through linking geography with art and other subjects.

The aims of this Guide are to:

  • demonstrate the value of art as a stimulus for promoting geographical thinking and language
  • exemplify strategies for developing geographical skills such as enquiry, map work, fieldwork and visual literacy through all kinds of artworks
  • illustrate creative ideas for enhancing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of places,  physical, human and environmental geography, and their locational knowledge through art
  • provide valuable ideas and resources to use in and beyond the classroom.

The online resources for this book can be found at, click on the button for this Guide and then enter the password on page 2 of your book.


Geography through art

The Block by Romare Bearden
Investigate local houses and buildings

Rush Hour by George Segal
Investigate your local area and urban landscapes

Winter Tunnel with Snow, March, 2006 by David Hockney
Rural landscapes and seasonal change

Adire cloth by the Yoruba women of Nigeria
The clothes we wear and where they come from

Riverside Museum, Glasgow by Dame Zaha Hadid
Iconic buildings – their design, function and location

The Nenets of Northern Siberia by Sebastião Salgado
Landscapes, weather and life in Polar regions

175 The Almost Circle by Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Settlement patterns, land use and routes

Red Slate Line by Richard Long
Physical landscapes, rocks and land art

Day and Night by Maurits Cornelis Escher
Lines of latitude, time zones and seasonal change

Cattle Market, Braintree, Essex, 1937 by Edward Bawden
Food production and distribution

Paintings of London and Venice by Canaletto and Monet
London and Venice, waterways in cities

Surprised! (or Tiger in a Tropical Storm) by Henri Rousseau
Tropical rainforests, biodiversity and deforestation

Cotopaxi, Ecuador by the Quechuan people of Ecuador
Volcanoes, mountains and life in a village in Ecuador, South America

London Underground Map by Harry Beck
Maps as art forms and ways to communicate spatial information

Northumberlandia, the Lady of the North by Charles Jencks
The creation, destruction and management of landscapes, including National Parks

Useful resources and websites


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