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Clarice Cliff

Focused Disciplines: DrawingPainting, Sculpture

In this unit of work children study the iconic designs of the ceramic designer Clarice Cliff. Children develop and consolidate their knowledge and skills in drawing, painting and sculpture.

Teaching Pack

  • 6 Lesson Presentation Slides

  • Let's Learn About Landscapes

  • Knowledge Organiser

  • Medium Term Plan

  • Scheme of Work Overview

  • Additional teaching resources

Curriculum Scope & Sequence

Theoretical Knowledge

  • Children will know how to use a viewfinder to develop close observational skills. 

  • Children will know the basic (primary and secondary) colours in the colour wheel and how to mix them. 

  • Children will know the difference between painting and printmaking techniques. 

  • Children will know how different types of sculpture are created (shaping or combining, free-standing or relief) 

  • Children will know about the lives, style and works of art of significant artists, architects, and designers, including Clarice Cliff. 

  • Children will understand and use key vocabulary to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding across all areas of art and design.

Technical Knowledge

Children will develop an understanding of the elements of art and be able to apply them to the creative process. (line, shape, form, colour, value, texture and pattern)


Children will be able to:

  • Develop a sketchbook to record images and ideas of interest and examples of their artwork.

  • Use sketchbooks to try out ideas and different techniques. 

  • Make marks, lines, and patterns with a wide range of drawing implements including graphite pencils, colouring pencils, wax crayons, charcoal, pastels, and pens. 

  • Draw with more accuracy and detail things that they observe.

  • Draw objects to scale and in proportion.

  • Develop painted compositions from drawings including sketchbook ideas.

  • Create different effects and textures using a range of brushes, techniques, and paints.

  • Mix colours based on their knowledge of colour theory, including tints and shades.

  • Shape clay and other malleable materials to create sculptures. 

  • Create patterns and textures when using malleable materials such as clay.

Conceptual Knowledge

Children will understand the creative process through:

  • Exploring and developing creative ideas from a range of starting points; adapting and refining ideas as they progress. • Using a sketchbook to record first-hand observations and developing ideas for creative work.

  • Recording, annotating and modifying work in a sketchbook from a variety of sources, including photographs and digital images.

  • Understanding the importance of adapting and refining their work as it progresses.

  • Practising techniques, making mistakes, and evaluating their own work and the work of others as part of the learning journey.

  • Creating original pieces that are influenced by studies of others and show a range of influences and styles.

  • Using the qualities of materials to enhance ideas.

  • Commenting on artworks with a fluent grasp of visual language.

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