Lesson 3: Shades and colours of the sea

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

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To paint using different tints and shades

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, patter, shape, form and space
  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • 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: May need support when mixing paint and reminding to use small amounts of paint to help prevent it from spilling outside of the specific areas.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should neatly control the amount of colour and water they use.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Paul Carney,  
Art & Design specialist
Paul has 22 years experience of teaching art as a specialist subject in both Primary and Secondary schools. He is a council member with the National Society for Education and his expertise has led him to deliver CPD for leading…
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