Lesson 5: Fiona Rae (Original scheme)

Using Fiona Rae's work to develop understanding of abstract art, creating a piece to represent similar themes

Learning objective

  • To apply interpretation skills to analyse and respond to an abstract painting

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • 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 reminding that there is no correct way to create their drawing and be encouraged to explain their colour and shape choices. Provide them with lots of visual stimulation with images and possibly objects too to inspire their ideas.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should use richer language in discussion and the feedback and create an inventive piece of art which represents the same themes as the original painting. Encourage them to experiment with different media and take on a mixed media approach to their piece.

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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