Lesson 3: Painting: Paul Cézanne

Learning how Cézanne influenced the shift to modern art, children work in his style, mixing colours using short, angular strokes and painting in various directions

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To paint in the style of a famous artist

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught 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

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need help to mix four distinct colours. Some pupils may also find it hard to paint accurately and neatly to edges using this technique. One tip is to use masking tape to mask off the edges then peel it off after the painting is complete.


Pupils working at greater depth: May work quickly and efficiently to completion and so might extend the painting to fill the background or paint more objects in this style.

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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