Art, craft & design lessons and projects
The NSEAD Units of Work have over 50 projects, lesson ideas and descriptions. If you are a primary teacher, an art and design teacher in a secondary school or college, or a trainee teacher there will be something to inspire you.
We welcome content, project and unit of work proposals. All materials will be peer-reviewed.
A simple printed pattern
This unit is a basic introduction to making repeat patterns using print. Children are encouraged to look for examples of patterns in the natural and man…
The intention of this unit is to introduce children to the idea of abstraction in the history of art, and the possibility of making such paintings themselves
Abstraction as a starting point
Using computers, art elements and view finder to explore create abstract paintings
Alphabet and batik
Begin with a brainstorming session that focuses upon the English alphabet. Talk about how the alphabet can be written in two different 'cases' of text. First…
An advanced introduction to colour
This project provides in teachers' notes form, the student project on colour.Introduce the project by discussing colour properties and possibilities through…
Art and self
This project attempts to introduce 14 to 18 year-olds to some ideas connected with learning about and manipulating opportunities for the subjective and…
Checklist for art and design - a quick curriculum
This provides a ready-reckoner overview for teachers responsible for teaching students from 14 to 18 years of age in the form of an easy to follow, easy…
Colour mixing project
All pupils need at least the primary colours and white, a large palette on which to mix the colours, a container of water, a brush, a sponge and some…
Colour mixing with paint
This simple unit is designed to show young children, in a very direct way, that colours mix.
Coloured inks, metallic pens, line and Islam
Make a collection of posters, prints, books and postcards that are related to Islamic art.
Colouring fabric with fabric transfer crayons
Draw a design on white paper with a crayon, colour the design with fabric crayons, use as much pressure as possible.
Creature skin design boards
The main purpose of this unit is to introduce pupils to how they can develop design ideas from an unusual stimulus.
Designing a Pattern
Helping children to become more aware of pattern through collecting and drawing them
A means of exploring shape through direct observation of the school environment
This unit of work will explore mark making, colour and shapes relating to emotional responses to fear.
The difficult problem of introducing figure drawing to preteen pupils is tackled in this unit. Concentrating on shape rather than form, various strategies…
Drawing heads and faces
An introduction to drawing heads and faces for younger children
This unit will explore line, drawing, movement, emotion, feeling, expression