Lesson 5: El Anatsui

Drawing once more on the idea of recycled materials, pupils look at the beautiful work of El Anatsui, using the same themes to create their own sculpture.

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To create a sculpture in the style of El Anatsui

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, including weaving
  • Learn about great artists, architects and designers in history

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Leave the Pupil video playing for them to refer to as they work independently.


Pupils working at greater depth: Need to think carefully about the design and pay attention to precision and neatness.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Simon Chubb,  
Art & Design specialist
Simon is a teacher, cartoonist and artist. He uses his 25 years of experience to teach art in schools and has his own workshop business ‘Scartoons’ in which children create comic characters and strips. Simon is a member of The…
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