Art & Design: Formal elements of art

Exploring the formal elements of art: pattern, texture and tone; children will create printed patterns using everyday objects; take rubbings using different media and learn how to make their drawings three dimensional.

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Lesson 1: Pattern: Repeating patterns

Having looked at the patterns around them, children dip everyday objects in paint to create repeating patterns, varying the direction of the pattern and colours of the paint and paper


Lesson 2: Texture 1: Taking rubbings

Using media of their choosing, children go in search of textures that interest them to take rubbings of


Lesson 3: Texture 2: Frottage

Children are introduced to 'frottage', tearing their rubbings from the previous lesson to make pictures in the style of the artist who created the technique, Max Ernst


Lesson 4: Tone 1: 3D pencil drawings

After completing a line drawing of a piece of ribbon, children work on adding tone to make it look three dimensional using different gradients of pencil


Lesson 5: Tone 2: 3D colour drawings

Concentrating on showing light and dark areas last lesson, children turn their attention to the planets of the solar system and use colourful pastels and chalks to depict the tone within them