Lesson 1: Shape: Abstract compositions - Option 2: Christmas themed

Experimenting with abstract composition, children create a piece of Christmas themed abstract art inspired by artist Beatriz Milhazes.

Learning objective

  • To apply an understanding of the features of abstract art.

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, and space
  • To learn 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: Could work in mixed ability pairs and be reminded that they are creating abstract art, guiding them away from the idea of  ‘making a picture’.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be encouraged to try out a variety of compositions of colour and abstract shapes.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Suzanne Booth,  
Art & Design specialist
Suzanne is an art and design specialist coming from an extensive career in the creative industry before turning her hand to teaching later in life. Training to teach was a natural progression driven by Suzanne’s enjoyment of teaching new art…
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