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Still Life

Focused Disciplines: Painting

Children explore ideas around still life composition. They learn different techniques that artists use when creating still life compositions. As part of this unit of work they study some of the work of the British painter, Patrick Caulfield.

Teaching Pack

  • 6 Lesson Presentation Slides

  • Knowledge Organiser

  • Medium Term Plan

  • Scheme of Work Overview

  • Additional teaching resources

Curriculum Scope & Sequence


  • Children will know an extended knowledge of colour theory; tones (tints, and shades).

  • Children will know an extended knowledge of colour theory; complementary and contrasting colours.

  • Children will know how colour is used to create mood and to show the effect of light.

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

  • Children will know and be able to identify some of the key painting genres including 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 Still life paintings of Patrick Caulfield.

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


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:

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

  • 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. Begin to show an awareness of objects having a third dimension. 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.

  • Develop an awareness of composition, scale, and proportion in their paintings.

  • Experiment with a range of collage techniques such as tearing, overlapping, and layering to create images and textures.


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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