Lesson 2: Paula Rego: The Dance

Unpicking and analysing Paula Rego’s 'The Dance' and discussing the formal elements of the piece, children learn to justify their opinion by referencing specific aspects of the painting

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To analyse and find meaning in a painting

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own wor

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Differentiation

Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from having discussion prompts to help them to offer their opinion in a group, e.g.: I think that…, Perhaps…, I can see that…, etc.

 

Pupils working at greater depth: Should use richer language in discussion and in the feedback.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Vocabulary

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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