Drawing: Zentangle patterns

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

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To use repeated patterns to create artwork

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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
  • 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: Can use very simple patterns as they develop confidence (e.g. zig-zag lines, small circles, etc). They may find it easier to just draw with a pencil; they may also be more comfortable with the smaller squares.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be working more creatively with their patterns and designs and to a high technical level.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
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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