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.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To analyse and evaluate artwork

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • about great artists, architects and designers in history

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be given the ‘Scene’ questions to answer with the Teacher/TA or should be seated in mixed ability groups so that they can see/hear appropriate answers modelled by their peers.


Pupils working at greater depth: In addition to the questions given in the templates, use direct questioning to challenge children’s thinking further.

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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