Bring art to life in your early years or primary classroom with these engaging lesson ideas and activities
Art is an incredibly important part of the curriculum. Not only does it offer pupils an alternative way to communicate thoughts and feelings, it also enables them to celebrate multiple perspectives, take risks and solve problems.
We’ve put together this selection of resources and short projects to help you to bring art to life and encourage creativity in your classroom.
Whole school resources
Promote discussion about some of the world’s most famous works of art by displaying these Art of the Week presentation slides in a prominent place in your school. Meanwhile, these colour posters are ideal for classroom displays and these thought-provoking starter activities (£1) can be easily adapted to suit any year group.
Early years lesson ideas
Go wild with Elmer and friends and create a colourful classroom display with these patchwork elephant templates and accompanying activity ideas.
Alternatively, get messy with this Gail Snail clay project or these bear masks and paper bag puppets, which fit in nicely with an animals or nature-themed topic.
Primary lesson ideas
Save time planning for the new curriculum with this detailed yet clear table of objectives covering all primary year groups.
KS1 pupils will enjoy this introduction to Aboriginal art, which includes images and supporting information. Or why not try a different landscape and investigate Henri Rousseau’s jungle paintings ahead of encouraging students to create their own images? For something a little more structured, combine elements of art and maths with this cross-curricular lesson on Piet Mondrian.
Inspire your KS2 learners with this simple step-by-step portrait drawing presentation or this Matisse-inspired collage lesson, in which pupils make their own versions of some of his most famous works. For a longer-term project, why not try this Kensuke’s Kingdom-themed art pack, containing lots of ideas for creating Japanese-style art, such as origami and kite-making.
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