Grade 6 Life Skills: Exploring Creative Expression through Art

Materials Needed:

  • Variety of art supplies (watercolour paints, brushes, crayons, coloured pencils, markers)
  • A3 art paper for each learner
  • Digital projector and screen for displaying art techniques and examples
  • Access to a computer and printer for printing artworks and inspirational materials
  • Samples of different artistic styles (can be printed images or digital slides)
  • Music player for background music during the creative session

Learning Objectives:

  • Learners will explore various artistic techniques such as drawing, painting, and collage.
  • Learners will express individual thoughts and emotions through creative art projects.
  • Learners will appreciate the diversity of art forms and styles by examining different cultural artworks.


  • Medium (Media) – Materials used to create artwork, such as paint, pencils, and clay.
  • Technique – The method or skill involved in creating art, like blending or sketching.
  • Style – A distinctive appearance and method typical to an individual artist or period.
  • Expression – The process of making known one’s thoughts or feelings through creative activities.
  • Collage – A piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric onto a backing.

Previous Learning:

Learners have been introduced to basic art elements like line, shape, colour, and texture in previous grades.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  • Challenge: Some learners may feel anxious about their artistic skills or compare their work unfavourably with that of peers.
  • Solution: Foster an inclusive environment by emphasizing the uniqueness of each person’s artistic expression and not focusing on right or wrong ways to create art.

Beginning Activities:

  • Introduction to Artistic Styles: Show examples of different artistic styles and mediums from various cultures and time periods.
  • Warm-Up Activity: Engage learners in a quick drawing exercise where they draw their mood using colours and shapes, without focusing on realistic representation.

Middle Activities:

  • Artistic Exploration: Demonstrate different artistic techniques, then allow learners to experiment with these on their A3 papers. Encourage them to mix mediums and try out things like watercolour painting, crayon resist, and collage.
  • Project Work: Each learner starts a personal art project that reflects a theme they are interested in. This could be a landscape, a portrait, or an abstract representation of their feelings and ideas.
  • Collaborative Creation: In small groups, learners work on a large piece that combines elements from each group member, illustrating the concept of unity in diversity.

End Activities:

  • Gallery Walk: Arrange all individual and group artworks around the classroom. Learners walk around, view the artworks, and discuss what they like about different pieces.
  • Reflection: Each learner shares thoughts about their own work and the creative process, focusing on what they learned and felt during the activity.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • Informal observation of learners during the artistic process to assess engagement and understanding.
  • Peer feedback during the gallery walk to encourage appreciation of diverse artistic expressions.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • Adaptive Tools: Provide ergonomic tools for learners who might need support with fine motor skills.
  • Choice in Assignment: Allow learners to choose the medium and subject matter that best express their personal style and comfort level.
  • Structured Options: For learners who may find open-ended tasks daunting, provide templates or guided activities to help initiate their creative process.

Teaching Notes:

  • Be mindful of the emotional aspect of art-making; some learners may reveal personal or sensitive thoughts through their artwork.
  • Encourage learners to discuss the cultural origins and meanings of different styles and techniques, enhancing their cultural awareness and appreciation.
  • Ensure a relaxed atmosphere with background music to stimulate creativity and make the experience enjoyable for all learners.

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