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

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create repeating patterns

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using line, shape, form and space
  • 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

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: If motor skills are less developed, encourage them to select larger shapes to print with, eg a cotton reel, an easy to grip piece of balsa wood, a larger, deeper bottle top.

Pupils working at greater depth: Can use a variety of patterns to make quite complex patterns so encourage them to experiment and take risks. They might go beyond four pieces.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Created by:
Susan Coles,  
Art & Design specialist
Susan is an educator, artist and an active advocate and well-known champion of art craft and design education. Her roles include: Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past President, and now Honorary Fellow of the…
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