Lesson 3: Prehistoric palette (Original scheme)

After experimenting with the colours and effects that can be created using natural materials, pupils make their own paints using spices and objects found on a nature walk.

Learning objective

  • To experiment with the pigments in natural products to make different colours

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught 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]
  • 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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might need help mixing colours and extra support finding successful solutions. Some children may not enjoy handling the natural materials to make paint so could work with a partner in the role of ‘collector and evaluator’ instead.


Pupils working at greater depth: Challenge them to make more advanced colours by manipulating the natural products to suit their own intentions and by applying their knowledge of colour mixing.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Paul Carney,  
Art and 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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