Lesson 5: Hands on a cave wall

Children work on a collaborative class piece of prehistoric inspired art, creating hand prints onto a textured background

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To collaborate in small or large groups to create a joint piece of artwork

National curriculum

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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might need support to accurately paint around their hand and be reminded not to use too much paint. 


Pupils working at greater depth: Should experiment with manipulating their handprints to make patterns or complex arrangements.

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