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Art and design

Lesson 6: Learning about the work of a curator (Original scheme)

After learning about the role of a 'curator', children curate an exhibition of their own based on either a collection of their most recently created art works or an exhibition designed for aliens, showcasing examples of objects commonly found on planet Earth

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand the role of a curator and to create an exhibit

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art form 

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should work in in a mixed ability group.


Pupils working at greater depth: Could design a poster or an invitation to the exhibition preview, and write a newspaper article which reviews the exhibition.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Susan Coles,  
Art and Design specialist
Susan is an educator, artist and an active advocate and well-known champion of art craft and design education. Her roles include: Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past President, and now Honorary Fellow of the…
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