Lesson 2: Sculpture from recycled materials (Drums)

Pupils recycle metal tins, turning them into drums (or castles), and use wax resist techniques to decorate the drums in original ways.

Alternative theme

Learning objective

  • To decorate musical instruments from recycled materials

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
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques
  • Become aware of the work of well-known artists

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

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Attention grabber

Main event


Children needing additional help: Could use a template to draw on the shapes or trace the images from the Activity: Musical symbols resource.


Children who are more able: Should try a range of musical shapes in their decorating.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Simon Chubb,  
Art & Design specialist
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