This Visual Arts unit investigates the Elements of Visual Art. Demonstrations and artistic techniques are explored, with particular attention given to line, shape and colour.
It consists of 7 lessons of approximately 60-minutes duration.
The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.
Three artwork assessment tasks for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives and techniques are included throughout the unit.
Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a visual arts portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.
This unit plan includes the following resources:
- Line and Feeling Sorting Activity – F to Year 2
- Visual Arts Elements Line PowerPoint – Lower Years
- Patterning Guide Template – F to Year 2
- Patterns, Lines and Feelings Activity
- Origami Animal Faces Worksheet
- Visual Arts Elements Shape PowerPoint – Lower Years
- Organic Shape Puzzle
- My Garden Grows Activity
- Primary, Secondary, Warm and Cool Colour Worksheets
- Visual Arts Elements Colour PowerPoint – Lower Years
- Cylinder Sculpture Activity
- To introduce students to the seven elements of art, and to have them practise drawing images related to self.
- To investigate line and how it can be used effectively to convey meaning in visual arts.
- To investigate line and how it can be used to create patterns to effectively convey meaning in visual arts.
- To investigate shape and how it can be used effectively to convey meaning in visual arts.
- To investigate geometric and organic shapes and how they can be used effectively to convey meaning in visual arts.
- To introduce the use of colour in visual arts.
- To investigate colour and how it can be used effectively to convey meaning in visual arts.
Preparing for Learning
This Visual Arts unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas, e.g. Literacy and Health/PE.
Prior to commencing the unit, develop a classroom display to showcase the students’ art. Display word wall vocabulary and educational posters for students to engage with throughout the unit to stimulate their learning. For examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Visual Arts collection on the Teach Starter website.
Many of the resources that accompany this unit plan need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, teachers are advised to browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.
For some of the lessons in this unit, students explore mixed media at various stages. Additional adult supervision at some of these stages would be beneficial.
National Curriculum Curriculum alignment
- Early Years Foundation Stage
- Key Stage 1 (KS1)
Key Stage 1 (KS1) covers students in Year 1 and Year 2.
- Art and design
Pupils should be taught: to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products; to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination; to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in...
- Expressive arts and design
- Being imaginative
Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.
- Exploring and using media and materials
Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.