Painting is a traditional mainstay in primary schools, to decorate classroom and school, almost always linked to current topic work. In the process of making paintings, children learn about technical skills and how paint works. They also learn about the visual and tactile elements of art, integral to the Western tradition of painting and part of the National Curriculum requirements. Through helping children to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the processes involved in painting, teachers can empower them to use paint as a medium for learning, to illustrate, for personal expression or for decorative purposes as appropriate. Paintings also inform and promote thinking, in particular when comparing how artists worked at different times to depict similar subjectmatter: myths and legends, aspects of nature, ideas and emotions.