Lesson 4: The Front Line: John Singer Sargent

Through the piece ‘Gassed’ by John Singer Sargent, pupils explore the human side of the image and work in groups to reenact the scene from WW 1, positioning themselves like the soldiers in the piece and taking a photo of the final composition

Learning objectives

  • To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • To use drama as a tool to explore the meaning behind a piece of artwork

National curriculum

  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event

Differentiation

Pupils needing extra support: May need to be assigned to take a specific role/position, as you see fit – this is a very accessible activity though.

 

Pupils working at greater depth: May benefit from taking the role of director.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding

Vocabulary

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Susan Coles,  
Art & 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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