Lesson 3: 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

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To learn to weave

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Some students will find cutting the strips difficult and this may be done beforehand. However, it is better if they at least have a go, to try to develop their skills – you can have some strips in reserve in case children need them. Photocopies for the overlay template may be easier for some less able pupils.


Pupils working at greater depth: More able pupils might create more sophisticated weaves, perhaps using two sheets of hand painted paper they have prepared earlier. More able pupils might also support less able pupils to help them with tricky operations such as sticking the tape in the correct place, cutting and weaving accurately, etc.

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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