Natural Decoration and Lotherton Hall

Teachers' notes

Lotherton Hall has many objects that reflect the history of the house through different fashion periods. This resource requires pupils to observe closely how nature has influenced art and design in a museumís collections or a particular room in an historic house, and allow it to influence their own work. Look at the MyCloud word pictures to help with the discussion and activity ideas below.

Learning objectives:

  • To identify different colours, materials and patterns in natural decoration
  • To observe and record visual influences in my own design work 
  • To look closely at museum objects and investigate them in depth

Curriculum links:

KS1/2 Art & Design - Materials, patterns
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • To create sketch books to record observations and use them
  • To review and revisit ideas
KS1/2 History - Homes in the past, artefacts, Museums and Galleries, historical sources
  • A study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality

Discussion ideas:

  • Where is natural decoration used? 
  • How is natural decoration used and who for? 
  • What colours and materials are used? 
  • What other information can you find?
  • Allow pupils to ask questions and enquire about different things they have seen that show natural decoration

Activity ideas:

  • Find examples of furniture, paintings, textiles and objects where different styles are used and make comparisons 
  • Record and collect first hand observations 
  • Use similar historic houses and their contents as inspiration for pupils to create their own designs and drawings
  • Review and compare work with positive comments and explore ideas about design and making
  • Make a collage - collect images from magazines and newspapers of natural motifs: plants, flowers, birds and animals
  • Use grid paper to draw patterns of natural shapes and colours
  • Design clothes and accessories that could be worn inspired by natural forms
  • Make a hat inspired by shapes and textures from nature. 
  • Create a new pattern for wallpaper
  • Write a poem about an object looked at
  • As a class project create decorative bunting, banners, mosaic or a patchwork quilt inspired by a decorative pattern 

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