Painting with Pastels

Focused Disciplines: Drawing, Painting

This unit of work focuses on developing children’s skills in using pastels, both soft pastels and oil pastels through the focus of the artwork and brush techniques of Vincent Van Gogh

Pastel Landscape
Pastel Landscape

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Pastel Portrait
Pastel Portrait

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Van Gogh Immersive Experience 3
Van Gogh Immersive Experience 3

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Pastel Landscape
Pastel Landscape

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Teaching Pack

  • 6 Lesson Presentation Slides

  • Knowledge Organiser

  • Medium Term Plan

  • Scheme of Work Overview

  • Additional teaching resources

Van Gogh Immersive Experience 1
Van Gogh Immersive Experience 1

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Van Gogh Immersive Experience 2
Van Gogh Immersive Experience 2

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Pastel Sunflowers
Pastel Sunflowers

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Van Gogh Immersive Experience 1
Van Gogh Immersive Experience 1

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Curriculum Scope & Sequence

Theoretical Knowledge

  • Children will know about the lives, style and works of art of significant artists, architects, and designers including Vincent Van Gogh

  • Children will know and be able to identify some of the key painting genres including Landscape, Portrait, Still Life

  • Children will be able to recognise and know about some of the iconic works of art from the past 500 years, including the Starry Night, Sunflowers (series) Van Gogh Self Portraits

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

Technical Knowledge

Children will be able to:

  • Maintain a sketchbook to record and collect their ideas, ongoing images of interest and examples of their artwork.

  • Use their sketchbook to detail their personal journey as an artist.

  • Use different grades of pencil and other implements to create lines, draw different shapes and forms and to produce variations in tone.

  • Explore ways in which surface detail and the effect of light can be added to drawings through applying different patterns and textures.

  • Effectively use different paint media to create compositions.

  • Work with more accuracy and finer detail through using a range of brushes, techniques, and paints.

  • Create palettes of colour building on their knowledge of colour theory.

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.

  • 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.