Lesson 5: 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

Learning objective

  • Understand that artists can tell stories with their work

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture, to develop and share ideas, experiences and imagination
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using line, shape, form and space
  • About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: During discussion, they may need to be offered two ideas and asked which they agree with rather than generating their own ‘story’ ideas. May need to be given further time to talk with their group and decide which opinions they agree with in the main event.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be using richer language in discussion and in their feedback. Could create a second freeze frame to represent what they imagine the cats do next, explaining their ideas.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Simon Chubb,  
Art & Design specialist
Simon is a teacher, cartoonist and artist. He uses his 25 years of experience to teach art in schools and has his own workshop business ‘Scartoons’ in which children create comic characters and strips. Simon is a member of The…
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