Shape Faces

This activity introduces the form of art known as Cubism. It shows how artists use shapes to make abstract pictures. Children can then make their own face in a similar style and print it out if they want.

This activity introduces the form of art known as "cubism" to the class. It firstly shows how artists can use shapes to make abstract portraits or "funny faces". Pupils look at a picture of a face painted in the cubist style and discuss shapes used, position of facial features and colours chosen. They then have an opportunity to make their own cubist face by following the on-screen instructions which add abstract facial features one at a time to their portrait. Pupils then have the opportunity of choosing a colour scheme for their picture and are able to print it.



Pointillist Paintings

Demonstrate the Pointillist technique of painting. Look at a picture painted using this technique then have a go at the online activity. Designed for Key Stage 2, but Key Stage 1 pupils would understand the website with explanation.

This lesson is based on the pointillist technique used by artists such as Andre Derain and Georges Seurat. It introduces the pupils to a different way of painting and includes aspects of colour mixing.

Pupils look at a picture painted using this technique and study parts in detail. They then have the opportunity to create their own picture using the pointillist technique and apply previous knowledge of colour mixing to this. Practical activities are then suggested to follow up the activity in groups.


Warm and Cold Colours

A lesson and game designed for Year 2 children (6-7 years) about warm and cold colours

This activity introduces warm and cold colours to the pupils. It gives visual examples of pictures that use cold colours (blue, green and purple) and pictures that use warm colours (red, yellow and orange). Pupils look at the pictures and decide how the colours make them feel (warm or cold). Pupils are then able to sort warm and cold colours in an interactive game. Activities are then suggested for teachers to follow up the work with practical classroom activities where the pupils paint cold and warm pictures.


Landscape Van Gogh Style

The site discusses the techniques that Van Gogh used on a featured landscape painting and then a picture can be made in his style.

This activity introduces the pupils to landscape painting in the style of Van Gogh. A large Van Gogh-style picture is used to illustrate his technique to the pupils, which is then broken down into smaller segments for a close-up look. Van Gogh's famous line technique is discussed and the pupils have the opportunity to make a picture using the whiteboard tools.

Activities are suggested for the pupils to make paintings of landscapes using Van Gogh's technique. The activities suggested could be completed over a course of two or three lessons, including a Van Gogh worksheet, where the pupils find out facts about Van Gogh.


Circles in Pictures

This site explores the use of circles in pictures. Look at a picture based on the work on the artist Kandinsky and create a picture with circles using a colour palette and tool bar.


How to Weave

A step by step guide to weaving with video clips. In this case watch a little basket being made from a drinks carton, but also check out the other weaving ideas.


Weaving Teaching Animation

Great for demonstrating to a class how to weave using a card base.


Learn about Landscapes with the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for Kids



Drawing with Charcoal

An animated step by step guide to creating your own masterpiece using charcoal.


Casting and Construction

This sculpture workshop explains how you can make sculptures from plaster and clay.