Lesson 4: Painting on the cave wall (Original scheme)

Applying their painting skills, working on a textured surface with a range of tools to re-create their prehistoric animal picture from earlier in the unit.

Learning objective

  • To select and apply a range of painting 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
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need more support to sketch their animal. Encourage them to fill in all the gaps on their painting. Remind them of the colour mixing skills used in lesson 3.


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage them to apply the cave painting style to their own composition, creating more elaborate scenes that may feature more than one animal.

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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