Visual Art Elements Unit – Upper Years

Unit Plan

Visual Art Elements Unit – Upper Years

12 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 5 - 6

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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • 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.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

The Element of Line

A 60-minute lesson in which students will investigate how lines are used to define objects, add detail and express emotion in visual arts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Applying Line – Moving Lines

A 60-minute lesson in which students will create an artwork by experimenting with various types of lines.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

The Element of Shape

A 60-minute lesson in which students will investigate how geometric and organic shapes are used in visual arts.

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90 minutes
Lesson 4

Applying Shape – Masked in Mystery

A 90-minute lesson in which students will create an African-inspired face mask by experimenting with shape.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

The Element of Form

A 60-minute lesson in which students will investigate how form can be achieved in visual arts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Working with Form – Plumping It Up

A 60-minute lesson in which students will create the illusion of three-dimensional form on a two-dimensional drawing.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

The Element of Colour

A 60-minute lesson in which students will investigate how colour is used to express feeling and evoke a response in visual arts.

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90 minutes
Lesson 8

Working with Colour – Mix It Up

A 90-minute lesson in which students will create an artwork using complementary, harmonious and monochromatic colour schemes.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

The Element of Texture

A 60-minute lesson in which students will investigate how texture can be achieved in visual arts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Working with Texture – Impressive Imprints

A 60-minute lesson in which students will create a three-dimensional textured tile artwork using impressions.

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60 minutes
Lesson 11

The Element of Space

A 60-minute lesson in which students will investigate how space can be used to create the illusion of depth.

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60 minutes
Lesson 12

Working with Space – Balancing Act

A 60-minute lesson in which students will create an artwork that explores the interplay between positive and negative space.

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  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...


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