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

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To mix different shades of green

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Some pupils may find mixing the colours difficult so could be paired up with more able children. Provide a printed copy of a hand for any pupils who will find it difficult to draw around their own hands.

Pupils working at greater depth: Children who are precise with the painting skills can keep developing their green pattern, working outside of the palm shape to fill the whole paper.

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 comicA series of drawings which tell a story characters and…
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