Lesson 3: Drawing: Picture the poet

Children draw a portrait of themselves or a partner, using just one continuous line, then referring to a poem or text, write over the lines, creatively varying the size and style of their writing to suit the details of the picture

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To create a continuous line drawing

National curriculum

  • 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]

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be given a less complex object to draw, perhaps part of the sleeve of a shirt with a button and simple line pattern.

You can also differentiate the activity by varying the complexity of materials you choose.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged with a more complex image to extend in their drawing.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Paul Carney,  
Art & 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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