Lesson 5: Clothes peg figures

Having seen the work of craftsperson Edwina Bridgeman, children will be inspired to give a simple wooden peg a new lease of life, transforming it into a peg figure with a face, hair and clothes.

Learning objective

  • To create a 3D figure based on a significant person from history

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Be taught 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

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Some pupils will struggle to make intricate details for their figures and may need support when painting. These pupils may find that colouring their pegs with marker pens is more successful. Small felt shapes for clothes may be pre-cut ready for the lesson, such as quadrilateral shapes to make skirts for example. Wool might be cut into small pieces ready for gluing.

Pupils working at greater depth: More advanced students will be able to create finer details more easily and they should be encouraged to create more sophisticated scenes using multiple figures.

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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