Emily Gopaul, founder of The Primary Art Class, is the go-to person for all things Primary Art and Design. She provides dynamic primary art consultancy and has developed imaginative content for organisations such as BBC Learning. Her consultancy work includes everything from creating short films and writing features to authoring her book Teaching Primary Art and Design. She works in-house with schools on curriculum design and staff training, as well as leading popular CPD talks and workshops. Emily actively advocates high quality art and design provision for primary schools.

‘Feeling incredibly inspired after a fantastic course. The content couldn’t have 

been any more useful and Emily’s obvious first hand experience just enhanced all of this.’

Teacher, CPD event: Teaching Primary Art and Design 

As a primary art consultant, Emily works with primary schools and other education providers to help them plan and teach engaging, high quality and well-resourced art lessons. She can design your school a bespoke curricula and refine existing art provisions as well as providing staff training and student workshops. All services will support your primary school in meeting and extending the requirements for art and design set out by the National Curriculum for Art and Design.

The approach to primary art curricula that Emily has developed for schools encompasses a good coverage of art skills and art knowledge.  Emily promotes an approach that supports progression in skills,  provides opportunities to talk and write about art and makes use of art by a range of artists and from different genres and styles.

Emily is the author of Teaching Primary Art and Design, published by Bloomsbury and available to order here. The book is a practical guide to teaching art lessons for key stage one and lower and upper key stage two. It features lesson ideas that link creative outcomes to contextual understanding, using famous artworks.

Emily is a  NSEAD registered Primary Art consultant.

‘Well written, comprehensive and covers all aspects of curriculum. Step by step description of sessions easy to follow. Will be a great aid for planning lessons’

Amazon reviewer 


Emily’s Book Teaching Primary Art and Design is available to buy via Bloomsbury Curriculum Basics.