Introduction to sketchbooks

This lesson introduces how to use a sketchbook - a must for all artists to record their ideas, inspiration and a place to practise and refine their skills.

Learning objective

  • To understand that sketchbooks are for developing ideas and trying things out

National Curriculum Links

  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

Success Criteria

Cross Curricular Links

Before the lesson

Have ready

Attention Grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Some pupils may need help drawing lines to divide their sketchbook page into quarters. It may help some pupils to suggest ideas for how to change the circles.


Pupils working at greater depth: Challenge children to come up with some ideas for different ways they could change the circles; for example trying alternative materials or by cutting/folding the circle itself.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Created by:
Simon Chubb,  
Art and 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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