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Abstract Sculpture

Focused Disciplines: Sculpture

In this unit of work children learn about and create a range of sculptures based on famous abstract works of art. They are introduced to the genre of abstract art and study works by famous abstract artists and sculptures.

Teaching Pack

  • 6 Lesson Presentation Slides

  • Let's Learn About Abstract Art

  • Let's Learn About Sculpture

  • Knowledge Organiser

  • Medium Term Plan

  • Scheme of Work Overview

  • Additional teaching resources

Curriculum Scope & Sequence

Theoretical Knowledge

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

  • Know about the lives, style and works of art of significant artists, architects, and designers, including Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso

  • Know and identify some of the key painting genres, including abstract. 

  • Be able to recognise and know about some of the iconic works of art from the past 500 years. 

  • 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:

  • Use a digital device to take photographs of their artwork or images to include in their artwork.

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

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

  • Make decisions about which drawing implements to use and which techniques to apply for the task. 

  • Combine paper, card, and cardboard to create sculptures.

  • 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. 

  • Presenting ideas imaginatively in a sketchbook. • 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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