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KS2 art ideas – Learn about William Morris and the Victorians in this medium-term plan

Key Stage



Years 3-6


This unit about the artist William Morris is suited to KS2 and fits in perfectly with work around the Victorians.

There are also aspects that could also be adapted to learning around the theme of homes in KS1.

The series of lessons build towards children producing and evaluating a final piece of work using printmaking. It follows a clear structure, involving several lessons of research and experimentation followed by designing, creating and evaluating a final print.

At the end of each session, encourage pupils to evaluate how effective their work has been and to think critically about anything they could improve or challenges they came across.

Learning objectives

  • Learn about the work of William Morris
  • Use drawing to collect examples of William Morris’ style
  • Use viewfinders to carry out observational drawings
  • Use a range of techniques to show light and dark
  • Explore how to create monoprints
  • Explore how to use different surfaces to show texture
  • Design and make a collagraph printing tile
  • Create a collagraph print

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KS2 art ideas – Learn about William Morris and the Victorians in this medium-term plan
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