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Watercolour Landscapes

Focused Disciplines: Painting, Printmaking

In this unit of work children consolidate and develop their skills in using watercolour paints through the study of landscape painting.

Teaching Pack

  • 6 Lesson Presentation Slides

  • Let's Learn About Landscapes

  • Let's Learn Watercolours

  • Knowledge Organiser

  • Medium Term Plan

  • Scheme of Work Overview

  • Additional teaching resources

Curriculum Scope & Sequence

Technical Knowledge

  • Children will know about the lives, style and works of art of significant artists, architects, and designers, including Paul Klee, Georgia O’Keeffe, David Hockney.

  • Children will know and be able to identify some of the key painting genres, including landscape.

  • Children will be able to recognise and know about some of the iconic works of art from the past 500 years, including Garrowby Hill (David Hockney), Flora on the Heath (Paul Klee)

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

Practical 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.

  • 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.

  • Create printing blocks using a range of relief methods and make precise repeating patterns.

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.

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

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