Lesson 2: Texture and pattern: Printing

Children imprint texture and pattern into a piece of playdough using a selection of clay tools and everyday objects, then create prints from their blocks by applying ink to the surface and placing a piece of paper on top.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create patterns using printing techniques

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
  • 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: Need to ensure they have pressed the object firmly into the dough (but not too firmly). They might need support to get the right amount of ink onto their block.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should experiment with mixing the colours of the printing ink to create more sophisticated colours.

Some pupils might also cut the shape of the print block into a simple tessellation that creates an interesting pattern when printed.

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