Lesson 6: Learning about…how artists work

Children work imaginatively to develop an idea of their own, sourcing pictures, photos and illustrations, they practice sketching their images before producing a final drawing

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To use imagination and visualisation to create an original piece of artwork

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need help to think of ideas and might struggle with drawing skills to realise their ideas. Steer them toward simpler outcomes and provide simple line drawing illustrations of key outcomes to copy or trace from.


Pupils working at greater depth: Might produce larger, more imaginative pictures, rich in detail. They may have elaborate explanations behind the images they have drawn.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression 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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