Emotions in Motion: Michael Sandle's Sculpture

Teachers' Notes

This resource is based around a bronze sculpture 'A Mighty Blow for Freedom' by Michael Sandle which stands outside The Usher Gallery, Lincoln. This resource also refers to other sculptures in the gallery.


Activities explore how emotions and movement can be represented in Art for Key Stage 2 but can be adapted for other Key Stages.


This resource can be used as part of a stand-alone classroom lesson or in conjunction with a visit to the gallery.


Supporting documents are available in the Downloads section (see links below). These give an overview of Michael Sandle's life and artistic influences, the thinking behind the work 'A Mighty Blow for Freedom', movement in art, weblinks, information on the bronze casting process and a glossary of useful terms.  They could be used by KS3/4 students to research Sandle's work and sculpture in general.


Curriculum Links

KS2-3 Arts Award Discover & Explore - exploring a range of art forms

KS2 Art & Design - Unit 6A: People in Action

KS2 Citizenship - Unit 11: In the Media - what's in the news?

KS2 ICT - Unit 5A: Graphical modelling; Unit 6A: Multimedia presentation


Learning 0bjectives 

  • To question and make thoughtful observations
  • To explore how movement can be expressed in art and in particular sculpture
  • To improve knowledge of an individual artist and his work
  • To develop research and investigation skills
  • To be aware of and comment on topical issues within the media
  • To understand that artists use their own work to comment on topical issues within the media
  • To use ICT software and equipment to create own work through animation
  • To develop new and existing ICT skills
  • To develop creative skills and produce own art work
  • To reflect on own work and comment on others

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