Painting, Collage and Printmaking - Imagination

Home learning focus

In this lesson learn about how French painter Henri Rousseau used his imagination to paint places he had never visited, learn some basic artistic techniques and create your own artwork.

This lesson includes:

  • one inspirational video about how imagination lets us paint places we have never been to
  • three practical videos about painting, collage, and printmaking
  • one activity to create your own artwork


Watch this video in which a statue comes to life in a magical gallery and falls into the painting 'Surprised!' by Henri Rousseau.

She explores the way that Rousseau uses his imagination to paint a place he had never visited.

Now watch these videos in which artist Emma Majury shows how to create artworks using three different techniques: collage, painting and printmaking.





Using either painting, collage, or printmaking create a work of art about a place you have never been to.

It can be a jungle like Roussea's picture, a desert, an abandoned castle, an exotic city, or anywhere you want.

Let your imagination run wild.

There's more to learn

Have a look at these other resources around the BBC and the web.

Bitesize Daily lessons
BBC Teach - Art & Design
KS2 Art & Design