Lesson 1: Shape: Abstract compositions - Option 1

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

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create 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

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: You can put the children in mixed ability pairs.  Remind the children that they are creating abstract art, rather than ‘making a picture’.

Pupils working at greater depth: You can encourage these children to try out a variety of compositions of colour and abstract shapes.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Susan Coles,  
Art & Design specialist
Susan is an educator, artist and an active advocate and well-known champion of art craft and design education. Her roles include: Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past President, and now Honorary Fellow of the…
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