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William Morris

Focused Disciplines: DrawingPrintmaking


In this unit of work, children study the work of the Victorian artist and designer, William Morris. They study illuminated letters and use his work as the basis of further learning about printmaking.

Teaching Pack

  • 6 Lesson Presentation Slides

  • Knowledge Organiser

  • Medium Term Plan

  • Scheme of Work Overview

  • Additional teaching resources

Curriculum Scope & Sequence

Theoretical Knowledge

  • Children will know about the lives, style and works of art of significant artists, architects, and designers including William Morris

  • 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:

  • 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. 

  • 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 more complex printing blocks using a range of techniques. 

  • Create different printing effects by repeating and overlapping patterns, rotation, and the use of colour overlays. 

  • Use printing on textiles to create different textural effects.  Plan and design sculptures from observation or imagination using sketchbook ideas.

  • Use a range of tools to shape, cut and add detail to sculpture materials.

  • Develop skills in using clay through making slab pots and relief tiles.

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.

  • 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.

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

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