Lesson 2: Learning about…Carl Giles

Looking at the Carl Giles cartoon ‘Mother’s Day’ that depicts a family picnic, children consider the humour of the piece and explore the concept of family, drawing their own family having a meal in a cartoon style and giving each member a distinguishing feature

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To draw cartoon characters, inspired by the style of other artists

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Children who are less able: Remind less confident drawers that cartoon characters are simple and there is no ‘right’ way to draw them.


Children who are more able: Could suggest how the scene plays out – what should each character do to make the scene happier?

More confident drawers will add details to their cartoon characters to personalise them and make them recognisable (e.g. Mum’s long hair).

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Simon Chubb,  
Art & Design specialist
Simon is a teacher, cartoonist and artist. He uses his 25 years of experience to teach art in schools and has his own workshop business ‘Scartoons’ in which children create comicA series of drawings which tell a story characters and…
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