Drawing on History

Teachers' notes and linked resources

This resource encourages students to identify decorative motifs in the Bronze and Iron-Age galleries of Hull and East Riding Museum though observational drawing.


Artists often use drawing as a way of recording information, this learning journey encourages students to use museums as a visual resource by focusing on jewellery and decorative objects through a series of drawing and visual research exercises.


Students will gain an understanding of how decorative motifs have been used and adapted through time. They will also discover how to use primary sources as inspiration for their own design.


There are suggestions for drawing activities using the museum collections on each page of this resource.


Curriculum links:

KS2-3 Arts Award - exploring a range of art forms
KS3 Art & Design - Visiting a Museum, Gallery or site

GCSE Art & Design

BTEC First Diploma in Art & Design: Unit 1


Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge of historical influences as a starting point for design

Understanding and awareness of museum collections and the impact of other cultures on British art and design

Skills to interpret the role of the arts and crafts in daily life 

This resource is part of a larger project funded by the Designation Challenge Fund and the MLA - to increase the access and enjoyment of Hull Museums' craft and design collections.

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