Lesson 2: Inspired by Rorschach

Children learn about abstract art and the inkblots that inspired Andy Warhol's 'Rorschach, 1984' then have a go at creating and interpreting their own symmetrical ink drawings.

Learning objective

  • To create a symmetrical, abstract art form

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: This is a very inclusive activity although some pupils may need support in applying the paint/ink to the paper. There are no mistakes, and if the children don’t like the finished print, they¬† can make another one.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to be adventurous with applying the paint/ink in different ways. Can use their imagination to describe clearly what the images could be.

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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