Lesson 2: Shape 2: Geometry

Taking a simple drinks can, children learn to first study an object to identify the simple geometric shapes it's made up of, before sketching out the details using light guidelines

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To recognise and apply geometry when drawing

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • To improve their mastery of Art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Some pupils might struggle with identifying the simple shapes, so simpler objects can be located and printed, e.g. a football, tennis or cricket ball.

They might struggle to draw lettering and rely on handwriting rather than constructing block lettering. Extra one-to-one guidance may be needed.


Pupils working at greater depth: More advanced pupils might begin shading or colouring their drawings.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Paul Carney,  
Art & Design specialist
Paul has 22 years experience of teaching art as a specialist subject in both Primary and Secondary schools. He is a council member with the National Society for Education and his expertise has led him to deliver CPD for leading…
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