Lesson 1: Exploring prehistoric art

Children are introduced to cave art and reflect upon the purpose of the drawings before working on developing their sense of proportion in drawing

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To learn how prehistoric man made art and to reflect this style in their work

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
  • 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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Differentiation

Pupils needing extra support: Could draw around simple geometric shapes such as circular or oval building blocks. Alternatively, you could print some circles or ovals for them to adapt to create their animal.

 

Pupils working at greater depth: Should combine more than one animal into a scene or work with other pupils to develop a more elaborate composition and work with a greater level of control and detail.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Vocabulary

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 The National Society for Education and his expertise has led him to deliver CPD for…
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