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

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create a repeated pattern through printing

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


To 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: Place children in mixed ability pairs so that they have support with the printing process.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be creating more complex repeating pattern designs.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress 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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