Lesson 5: Colour 2: Painting with colour

Learning objective

  • To apply knowledge of colour mixing when painting

National curriculum

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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need help in drawing the large numbers. Provide them with templates or stencils to draw around or a broken line as a guide for them to follow. They may need some visual aids to remind them of the colour theory – the painted ‘sums’ from lesson 1 would be ideal.

Pupils working at greater depth: Could be asked to describe the connection between their own work and the artist, and should be confident in mixing and applying their colours to the painting. They could be encouraged to try out their own ideas for adapting the painting to their own style.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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