Lesson 4: Painting over texture

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

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To reproduce and apply an artist’s colour range to their own work

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • 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 in creating more than one colour for the sea (or sky or sand) which they can then apply.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should use a wider range of colours to paint with and look closely at the colours Van Gogh used.

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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