Lesson 5: Clay sculpture

Children turn their Käthe Kollwitz inspired drawings from Lesson 2 into sculptures fit for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, being aware of the message their sculpture portrays through its expression and looking at sculptors such as Mark Wallinger

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create a sculpture

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds 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]
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need reassurance that their head doesn’t need to look ‘realistic;. Remind them that the expression on the head is what is being focused on. Shrigley’s hand is out of proportion, but expresses an idea.


Pupils working at greater depth: The Fourth Plinth sculpture is an opportunity for the artist to make a statement. More able children should explain the statement that they are making with their artwork.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Simon Chubb,  
Art & Design specialist
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