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

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To explore the use of tones in shading

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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: This lesson is about the neatness in shading and the shapes chosen for each box rather than drawing the squares, so a photocopied sheet with six squares already marked out will give these children confidence to make a start.


Pupils working at greater depth:What can you draw with one line? Can you outline a human figure without taking your pencil off the page?

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
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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