Lesson 1: Superhero figures

Pupils pose in a 'superhero' stance for their partner to sketch and then use wire and plasticine to turn their drawings into a three dimensional form

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To create 3D human forms

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • 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 children may need assistance in forming the wire. If they find it difficult to see the muscular shape of the limbs, ask them to concentrate on the elbow and knee joints only.


Pupils working at greater depth: Put some more thought into the pose and proportions of the figure.  Having images of superheroes as a reference will help.

*Take care with the ends of wire/pipe cleaners. These can be sharp and need careful handling. Children should not be cutting lengths of wire themselves.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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