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Roald Dahl art ideas – Make sculptures from recycled materials

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2-page lesson plan PDF

Key Stage

KS1, KS2


Years 1-6


Quentin Blake’s illustrations are the inspiration for this Roald Dahl art and design lesson. Children will experiment with using recycled materials to create a collection of colourful sculptures that will allow them to bring Roald Dahl’s stories – and your classroom – to life.

The brimming energy of Roald Dahl’s characters is captured perfectly by Quentin Blake’s illustrations. No matter how often you see his illustrations in story books, on posters or on birthday cards they still have a freshness and spontaneity that is unique among illustrators.

Can your class achieve the same effect in artwork fashioned from recycled materials?

Roald Dahl art lesson objectives

  • Learn the properties of materials by assembling structures from recycled materials
  • Mould three-dimensional shapes using papier-mâché
  • Share and exchange ideas through working collaboratively in groups

Robert Watts is the Programme Convener for the MA Art, Craft and Design Education course at the University of Roehampton, London, and the co-author of Teaching Art and Design 3-11, published by Continuum Books. Browse more ideas for Roald Dahl Day.

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Roald Dahl art ideas – Make sculptures from recycled materials
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