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Yinka Shonibare

Focused Disciplines:  Textiles, Sculpture

Children study two iconic works of art by the British contemporary artist to develop their understanding of conceptual art. This unit of work provides an opportunity for further learning about migration, cultural identity and Britain’s colonial past.

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 Yinka Shonibare.

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:

  • Plan and design sculptures from observation or imagination using sketchbook ideas. 

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

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

  • Use printing on textiles to create different textural effects. 

  • Embellish textiles using a range of different techniques and materials.

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. 

  • 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

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