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

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create a picture using collage and frottage

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Both tearing and cutting may be difficult for some pupils. Support them with one to one help if needed. Encourage them to create a simpler image (sky, hill, sun, tree, front of a house) or have some simple images they can copy.

Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage more detailed working of the selected rubbings into the composition.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Art & Design specialist
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