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The Superpower of Looking is an initiative that will transform the visual literacy skills of primary school children across the UK. The pilot project to test the concept was funded by the Freelands Foundation and was completed in early 2020. The original idea was brought to Art UK by Alison Cole who sits on the Art UK Advisory Board.


Using the world of art and images to help hone children's visual literacy skills, this set of free teaching resources will equip children with invaluable life skills, helping them to observe, question and understand the world around them, while also encouraging a love of art. While its overriding focus will be to endow children aged 7 to 11 with the superpower of being able to really look, at a practical level it will also enable teachers to deliver many aspects of the Key Stage 2 and Scottish CfE Level 2 Art and Design curriculum, as well as non-arts subjects. 

Subject to funding, the second stage of this initiative will launch in autumn 2021 in two areas of the UK. The Superpower of Looking will comprise brand-new lesson ideas and a series of films focused around exemplary and diverse artworks from the five painting genres together with considerable support for non-specialist teachers.

If you would like to find out more, please email Shane Strachan, Learning and Engagement Officer (