Lesson 4: Craft: Soap sculptures

Referring to the works of Barbara Hepworth, children use a variety of tools to carve a piece of soap into a sculpture

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create a small scale sculpture

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught 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: May need help in selecting the appropriate tools so teacher visual demos are very important.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can confidently use an unfamiliar material and select appropriate tools and techniques to create their carving, with detail.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Susan Coles,  
Art & Design specialist
Susan is an educator, artist and an active advocate and well-known champion of art craft and design education. Her roles include: Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past President, and now Honorary Fellow of the…
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