Year 1: Art and design skills

In this collection of lessons children learn and develop their skills in: design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation; undertaking two different printing techniques, using 2D shapes to explore a variety of media, mixing different shades of one colour and discussing the work of artist Louis Wain

About this unit

There is lots of flexibility in the order in which you can teach these lessons, as the lessons develop distinct skills which are developed further in other units

Choose your lesson

Introduction to sketchbooks

This lesson introduces how to use a sketchbook - a must for all artists to record their ideas, inspiration and a place to practise and refine their skills

Design: Lego printing

Children use lego to create their own prints; painting and stamping their blocks to create patterns, pictures and letters, using a variety of colours and sizes and explaining the choices they make. This lesson is perfectly suited to Year 1 pupils.

Painting: Colour mixing and craft

By mixing different hues of blue and yellow, children fill an outline of their hand with varying shades of green, decorating their piece with dots, zigzags, stripes, wavy lines and shapes

Craft: Printing (Great Fire of London)

Children develop their printing skills, creating an impressive print using shaving foam and ink to represent the flames and beams of the Tudor houses. The technique is easily adaptable to other themes.

Drawing: Experimenting with media

Inspired by famous abstract artists, including Kandinsky, children draw around and overlap 2D shapes to create an abstract composition, filling each shape with a different colour and medium

Learning about...Louis Wain

Exploring and analysing the work of Louis Wain, children consider the stories behind some of his paintings before acting out some of the scenes depicted to deepen their understanding

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources