Landscapes using different media

Children learn about composition and work with different art materials to create texture for a project they develop over the five lessons. Based on the theme of 'The seaside' with support for adapting to the alternative theme of 'Castles'. The unit can also be easily adapted to other topics.

Alternative theme

This unit is based on theme of ‘The seaside’. For guidance on how to adapt the unit to the alternative theme of ‘Castles’, select the ‘Alternative theme’ information within the lessons below.

Choose your lesson

Lesson 1: Composition

In the first lesson of this unit, the children learn to identify the key features of a landscape composition, and consider where to place the horizon and tide lines within their own artwork.

Lesson 2: Beach textures (free lesson)

Pupils use a range of materials, from cardboard to foil, to replicate the textures found at the seaside. Easy to adapt to other landscapes.

Lesson 3: Shades and colours of the sea

Using watercolours, children create different tints, shades and hues to paint the background of their seaside scene. Easy to adapt to other landscapes.

Lesson 4: Painting over texture

Over the top of their textured background, children add colour using poster paints to complete their pictures

Lesson 5: Beach collage

Using their watercolour background from Lesson 3, children add objects and images with added detail and shading

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources