Year 6 Art and design skills

In this collection of lessons children learn and develop their skills in: design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation; working as a group to design a hat, creating zentangle patterns and subsequent prints, painting in the style of impressionist painters and exploring the piece ‘Nighthawks’ by Edward Hopper

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Introduction to sketchbooks

This video introduces the sketchbook - a must for all artists to record their ideas, inspiration and a place to practise and refine their skills

Painting: Impressionism

Children are given one sixth of ‘The Japanese Footbridge’ by Claude Monet as a vertical strip, to accurately draw what they see on their fraction of the painting and then practise mixing and applying paint to match the original.

Drawing: Zentangle patterns

In the first of two lessons, children create small squares of 'zentangle' patterns; an abstract drawing created using repetitive patterns

Craft: Zentangle printing

Using a zentangle pattern from the last lesson, pupils create a reverse system print process by transferring their design onto a polyprint tile using a pen to create a deep line and then printing onto fabric and repeating the print process to create a pattern

Design: Making a hat

Working in groups children design and make a prototype hat for a specific purpose, sharing ideas, making sketches and finally constructing their design

Learning about…the work of Edward Hopper

Aimed to empower children to discuss and explore works of art, children analyse, among others, Edward Hopper's 'Nighthawks' answering questions on some of the fundamental elements of art, including; scene, technique, form and shape, colour and light.

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources

Children's gallery

We love to showcase examples of children’s work inspired by our lessons and to see the different ways teachers adapt Kapow Primary lessons.  Please email images of work to  We will assume we have your school’s permission to post any images you send us on our website.