- To apply an understanding of tint to recreate a traditional design style
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]
- About great artists, architects and designers in history
- I can discuss and understand the features of original willow pattern designs
- I can interpret a part of the Christmas story into a willow pattern design
- I can select and use tools appropriately in my work
- I can make tints; using undiluted ink to add detail and using a water wash to add lighter tones
English – Years 3 and 4 Programme of Study
Reading – Comprehension
- Understand what they read, in books they can read independently, by: identifying main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarising these
- Participate in discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say
Before the lesson
You may wish to complete this across two lessons, the first lesson to plan and To make, draw or write plans for something. and the second to paint.
Class Working together as a group on one piece of artwork alternative option:
You could complete this as a collaborative class project. In which case, you will need to adapt the planning section to give each child, pair or group a specific scene/event to create to make the whole Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus held on 25th December…. story in one class set of plates. You will need to find additional images depending on how many children you have or how you wish to approach this.
- Teacher video: A blue and white pattern seen on crockery, that tells a story…. – Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus held on 25th December….
- Pupil video: Willow A repeated decorative design. – Christmas
- Presentation: A blue and white pattern seen on crockery, that tells a story…. designs (see Attention grabber)
- Optional: an example of English willow A repeated decorative design. (either online or an actual plate)
- Link: ‘Willow Pattern Story’ on VideoLink – this is an external website and we do not have control over its content – please check before showing it to the children.
- Large paper plates
- Water-soluble blue ink
- Fine brushes
- Activity: Typically means the story of Jesus’ birth or the Christmas story…. storyboard – enough for pairs or small groups. Cut up into scenes (see Classroom resources)
Show children examples of Willow patterns by displaying the Presentation: A blue and white pattern seen on crockery, that tells a story…. designs.
Presentation: Willow pattern designs
Display on your interactive whiteboard
You can also look at other examples you find online or an authentic piece of A blue and white pattern seen on crockery, that tells a story…. crockery.
- Where do you think this To make, draw or write plans for something. originates from?
- Can you justify your suggestion?
- Is it traditionally Chinese?
- Why do you think this?
Tell the children that the story in the design is set in Another word for a fine ceramic material., and the plate itself is made from… yes, china. Explain that although the Creating an image of something on a surface, like paper, using lines but also other marks and shading…. style looks faintly Chinese, the A repeated decorative design. is actually British and was designed by a man called Thomas Minton at the end of the 18th century.
Minton designed a range of ‘chinoiserie’ Another word for ceramic objects made from clay. Pottery can also refer to the factory or workshop where ceramics are made. … (decorated in the supposed style of the Far East but conceived and created in the UK), which was seen as exotic and desirable at the time.
Although he based the design on artwork he had seen in China, the story it depicts is not a traditional Chinese tale but written by Minton himself.
If you have time, watch the link: ‘Willow Pattern Story’ on VideoLink.
There are many versions of the design, but they all feature the key elements of the original story: the bridge, the garden fence, the central pair of birds, the particular When drawing, this would be adding small extra marks to improve it…. of the pavilions and surrounding trees.
Take a look at another plate – can children spot these Parts of the face, such as eyes, nose and mouth. now?
Lastly, discuss the use of just the one colour. Ask the children if they can explain how the When a colour or tone is not light. Colour may have black added to it to make it darker…. and When a colour or tone is not dark. Colour may have white added to it to make it lighter…. was created if only one colour was used.
- What is a Adding white to a tone to make a colour lighter.?
- How can we create tints of blue?
The children are going to create their own A blue and white pattern seen on crockery, that tells a story…. designed plates, retelling the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus held on 25th December…. story.
As explained at the start of the lesson, this could be done as a collaborative class project, with each child/pair/group creating a different scene/event on their plate. When put together, they will tell the Christmas story.
To recap the Christmas story, put the children into pairs or small groups and provide them with the images from the Christmas storyboard sheet, ensuring that they are cut up before the lesson. Ask the children to order the key events then re-tell the story to one another.
Alternatively, you can leave the storyboard as it is and discuss the story as a class, thinking about the key events the storyboard depicts.
Demonstrate the activity yourself, or share the Pupil video: Willow A repeated decorative design. – Christmas with the class. (You could then leave the video playing for the children to refer to as they work, as they video is looped).
Part 1: Planning
The children start by picking out a key event in the story that they would like to depict on their plate, using the images they have looked at to inspire them (some may have an extra scene or event they would like to do).
They then decide on three key elements from that event or scene to draw on their plate. For example:
- the stable
- Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus
- the star
They then plan their To make, draw or write plans for something. in their sketchbooks. Ask them to consider how they are going to represent the key characters and Parts of the face, such as eyes, nose and mouth. of their chosen part of the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus held on 25th December…. story?
When they have sketched their ideas, they need to plan where they will place them on the plate. They could plan within a A perfectly round shape that has just one side. in their sketchbooks, or lightly A rough first drawing which helps you to plan your work … on their plate.
Challenge your more able pupils to decide how they will decorate the edge of their plate. Encourage them to look at the geometric shapes on the internal border of an original A blue and white pattern seen on crockery, that tells a story….. They can design a border A repeated decorative design. in their sketchbooks – remembering to keep the shapes of equal size.
Part 2: Creating an image of something on a surface, like paper, using lines but also other marks and shading…. and painting the story
The children will be using water-based A coloured liquid medium used for drawing, painting and printing…. to create their willow pattern designs. If you do not have access to water-based ink, they could use blue paint and create tints by adding white, and shades by adding black.
They begin by lightly A fast and light style of drawing which may not be completely accurate… their design onto their plate in pencil. Stress the importance of doing this lightly, so that they can easily erase any mistakes and refine as they go.
Then, they ink in the When drawing, this would be adding small extra marks to improve it…. using the Using ink or paint straight from the container and not adding water to it first…. blue ink and a A paintbrush with a small head and thin bristles, good for detailed work…..
Finally, wash most of the ink off the brush with the water and use a wet watered brush to wash in the lighter tones of blue into each area to create the tones.
Emphasise not to load the brush with too much water – the aim is to control the watered-down ink, which will be a lighter The lightness or darkness of something, almost as if you have added white to the blue.
Darker areas will need undiluted ink. They may need to go back over with a very fine brush to add in more detail.
Pupils needing extra support: Could use the pictures from the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus held on 25th December…. Story board as a reference for their drawings, or the simplified outline drawings.
Pupils working at greater depth: Should be encouraged to consider greater detail and create a regular, geometric border for their plate.
Once the children’s work is dry, arrange the plates to show the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus held on 25th December…. story.
As a class, retell the Christmas story using the plates.
You could make a filmed version like the story they watched at the beginning of the lesson!
Assessing pupils' progress and understanding
Pupils with secure understanding indicated by: Using a variety of blue tones and a washed colour. Creating an image of something on a surface, like paper, using lines but also other marks and shading…. a To make, draw or write plans for something. using Parts of the face, such as eyes, nose and mouth. of a chosen story.
Pupils working at greater depth indicated by: Painting a considered design, drawing neatly with the A coloured liquid medium used for drawing, painting and printing…., being able to accurately select and use the right brush for the work, and able to add a decorative A repeated decorative design. to the outside of the plate.
In this unit
- Assessment Art and design Y4: Art and design skill
- Introduction to sketchbooks
- Lesson 1: Design: Optical illusions
- Lesson 2: Design: Willow pattern - Option 1
- Lesson 2: Design: Willow pattern - Option 2: The Christmas story
- Lesson 3: Painting: Paul Cézanne
- Lesson 4: Craft: Soap sculptures
- Lesson 5: Drawing: Still life
- Lesson 6: Learning about the work of a curator