The Great Fire of London
St Paul's Cathedral

Develop your ideas about this famous cathedral using drawing, imagination and communication; use charcoal drawing and potato printing to develop artistic ideas inspired by St Paul’s before designing, making and decorating a final model Cathedral.

Session 1 Journey back in time

Objectives

History

  • Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.

Art

  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, tone, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Teaching and Activities

Find out about St Paul’s Cathedral and then develop your own ideas in charcoal pictures.

Teaching Outcomes
To find out about the Great Fire of London.
To use drawing and imagination to develop ideas about St Paul´s Cathedral.

Children will:

  • Find out about the Great Fire of London.
  • Use drawing and imagination to develop their ideas about St Paul´s Cathedral.
  • Use tone, pattern, line, and shape in charcoal pictures.

You Will Need

  • Charcoal art resources

Session 2 The dome

Objectives

History

  • Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.

Art

  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Teaching and Activities

Research St Paul’s further using paintings and sculptures and use clay to make your own 3D artefacts.

Teaching Outcomes
To find out about St Paul´s Cathedral.
To examine art to develop ideas about St Paul´s Cathedral and use shape and form when making clay models.

Children will:

  • Find out about St Paul´s Cathedral.
  • Examine paintings and sculptures and use them to develop their ideas about St Paul´s Cathedral.
  • Use shape and form when making clay models.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 3 Abstract art

Objectives

Art

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Teaching and Activities

Think about the way fire looks and the way it makes people feel. Empathise with the people who lived through the Great Fire and make your own piece of abstract art using potato printing.

Teaching Outcomes
To learn about abstract art and create examples using potato printing.

Children will:

  • Use potato printing to make a piece of abstract art.
  • Learn about abstract art.
  • Compare their own work to Paul Klee´s work.

You Will Need

  • Potato printing equipment

Session 4 Designing and making a cathedral

Objectives

Design and Technology

  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.
  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example cutting, shaping, joining and finishing].

Teaching and Activities

Consolidate all your knowledge about St Paul’s cathedral by planning, making and decorating your own junk model cathedral.

Teaching Outcomes
To plan and create a junk model Cathedral.

Children will:

  • Communicate their ideas in a group.
  • Develop ideas through talking and mock-ups.
  • Make a junk model Cathedral.

You Will Need

  • Junk modelling equipment.