Lesson 4: Pieter Bruegel: Children's Games

Pupils explore Pieter Bruegel’s painting, 'Children's Games' before recreating it as a photo collage, but with a modern twist

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To focus on different parts of 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 work

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from focusing on just one or two parts of the painting.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should describe individual sections of the painting, including what people in the painting may be thinking or feeling.

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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