Year 2: Art and design skills

In this collection of lessons children learn and develop their skills in: design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation; replicating the recognisable crockery of Clarice Cliff, exploring tone through shading, developing their skills in weaving and the manipulation of clay, experimenting with brush strokes

Choose your lesson (teach in any order)

Introduction to sketchbooks

This video introduces the sketchbook - a must for all artists to record their ideas, inspiration and a place to practise and refine their skills

Craft: Clay

Developing their sculpting and modelling skills, children experiment with using different objects to create interesting textures on the surface of a clay tile

Craft: Weaving a picture

Children learn the craft of weaving, overlapping coloured strips of paper to create a checkerboard, then selecting a shape to overlay onto the weave and decorating

Design: Clarice Cliff plates

Using a paper plate, children recreate their own designs of Clarice Cliffs ‘Circle Tree’ plate, using bright colours to paint circles and finishing by using black paint and a straw to blow a tree design


Working in the style of Nancy McCroskey’s mural, ‘Suite in Black, White and Grey’, children draw six boxes, filling each with a line that starts at one edge and finishes at another, then experiment with tone by shading the different areas they have made

Painting: Roller coaster ride

Whilst designing a roller coaster ride, children develop their painting skills; working to ensure that they use the right amount of paint, hold the brush correctly and use single, sweeping strokes

Learning about... Drawing for fun

Making drawing feel achievable to all abilities, through identifying the basic shapes within images and objects to be drawn

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