This Visual Arts unit investigates the Elements of Visual Art. Demonstrations and artistic techniques are explored, with particular attention given to line, shape, form, colour, texture and space.
It consists of 12 lessons ranging from 60–90 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.
Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a visual arts portfolio. These can be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.
This unit plan includes the following resources:
- Line and Feelings Sorting Activity – Year 3 to Year 6
- Visual Arts Elements Line PowerPoint – Upper Years
- Moving Lines Activity
- Organic Shape Search Worksheet
- Visual Arts Elements Shape and Form PowerPoint – Upper Years
- Masked in Mystery Activity
- Art Elements Activity Task Cards
- Plumping It Up Activity
- What’s in a Colour? Sorting Activity
- Visual Arts Elements Colour PowerPoint – Upper Years
- Mix It Up Activity
- Talkin’ Texture Game
- Visual Arts Elements Texture PowerPoint – Upper Years
- IMPRESSive Imprints Activity
- Designing for Depth Drawing Templates
- Visual Arts Elements Space PowerPoint – Upper Years
- Balancing Act Activity
- To investigate how lines are used to define objects, add detail and express emotion in visual arts.
- To create an artwork by experimenting with various types of lines.
- To investigate how geometric and organic shapes are used in visual arts.
- To create an African-inspired face mask by experimenting with shape.
- To investigate how form can be achieved in visual arts.
- To create the illusion of three-dimensional form on a two-dimensional drawing.
- To investigate how colour is used to express feeling and evoke a response in visual arts.
- To create an artwork using complementary, harmonious and monochromatic colour schemes.
- To investigate how texture can be achieved in visual arts.
- To create a three-dimensional textured tile artwork using impressions.
- To investigate how space can be used in visual art to create the illusion of depth.
- To create an artwork that explores the interplay between positive and negative space.
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 Science.
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
- Key Stage 2 (KS2) – Upper
Key Stage 2 (KS2) - Upper covers students in Year 5 and Year 6.
- Art and design
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. Pupils should be taught: to create sket...