Lesson 5: Magdalene Odundo (Original scheme)

By loosely playing around with shapes, Kenyan artist Magdalene Odundo creates ideas for her ceramic pots, and children work in the same way, with space around them, using chalk and their whole bodies to make long sweeping arm movements.

Learning objectives

  • To develop ideas for 3D work through drawing and visualisation in 2D.

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Will need an image or 3D object to draw from when outside. Could be placed next to more confident children, encouraging everyone to learn from watching each other.


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage them to describe how they are using basic shapes to form more complex ones. Could be challenged to increase the scale they are working at, enlarging a drawing.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression 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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