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:
Kapow Primary, 
Art & Design specialist
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