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.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To research and adopt the style of a famous group of painters

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught 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: May need help mixing colours and painting neatly.


Pupils working at greater depth: Could develop another study of a different section of the same painting (perhaps the next section where possible) or a different painting.

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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