Lesson 1: Observational drawing - Option 1: house

Children draw a house from observation; interpreting the details accurately and drawing what they see rather than what they think it looks like

Learning objective

  • To draw by interpreting forms from direct observation

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing
  • Create sketchbooks to record their observations

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might need reminding to sketch lightly instead of pressing too hard too early. They should avoid using rulers as this only makes it more difficult.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be encouraged to produce more complex drawings with greater detail and accuracy, possibly including shading and hinting at the surrounding area.

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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