Lesson 4: Giant spider model part 1

Working as a class to recreate Louise Bourgeois' 'Maman' spider sculpture (1999), the children will plan and create the legs and body of the spider

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To plan and create a sculpture as a class

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using shape, form and space
  • About the work of a range of artists

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Some may find it hard to roll the paper tightly and will need some assistance.

Pupils working at greater depth: Suggest how the arrangement of the struts can make the model more even e.g. “we need to add an extra strut to this leg as it’s thinner than the others.”

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Simon Chubb,  
Art & Design specialist
Simon is a teacher, cartoonist and artist. He uses his 25 years of experience to teach art in schools and has his own workshop business ‘Scartoons’ in which children create comicA series of drawings which tell a story characters and…
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