Art (Ages 11-14)
Art: Traditional Appliqué from Odisha, India
Miriam's Vision Art Guidance
Different Backgrounds, Common Ground


Miriam’s Vision is about community cohesion. This cannot be over-emphasised to students, whenever the opportunity arises.

This module works well with:

For ease of reference, we will often refer to the 2005 London bombings as “7/7” (seventh day of the month of July).

All modules in Miriam’s Vision use the four-part Miriam’s Story video package (total 8 minutes) to set the context of the resource for students. It is housed on Youtube.

The Miriam's Vision Art module consists of a set of lesson plans with incorporated guidance notes, intended to be used flexibly.

Downloadable electronic resources and others are listed at the beginning of each lesson plan and highlighted within the plans for ease of reference. We have provided bespoke resources that are not dependent on internet access in the classroom. You will need projection equipment. You have everything you need on this website to deliver Miriam's Vision in your classroom.

Timings are not included, as we know you will wish to adapt and select according to the needs of your class. We have assumed consecutive sessions delivered as your timetable permits.

We have not included suggestions about differentiation other than to offer some variety of input / expectation in places.

You will need to be aware of possible sensitivities around this topic. Some students may have been directly or indirectly affected by terrorism themselves and there are potential religious sensitivities.

Click here for more detailed guidance on sensitivities within Miriam's Vision

The Art module takes the location of Miriam’s memorial, the Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre, as its starting point. The MHCECC is in Odisha, India and Pipili appliqué is an ancient local craft that is known worldwide for its decorative qualities and practical uses.

The central message of the module is that every culture includes artistic elements, and although locality influences the forms it takes, Arts and crafts are universal human expressions that fulfil many roles. So despite local differences, we have fundamental commonalities that unite us.

Different Backgrounds, Common Ground is therefore the overall theme that you will need to refer to frequently. Opportunities to do this are built into the plans.

To this end, students are introduced to Pipili appliqué and have opportunities to explore some of its features, compare to Art and crafts in their own environment, and create a 3D artwork, working in a group, from a selection of materials.

We recognise that there is more introductory and plenary material than usual for an Art module. These give context, and provide opportunities for reflection, which are essential for the purposes of Miriam's Vision.

Extension activities included in the plans are envisaged as homework but could be included in contact time depending on how much time you have timetabled for the entire module.


Miriam’s Vision Art Scheme of Work Outline

Task Focus Activity
Task 1 -Introduction to Miriam Hyman and the Miriam’s Vision resource.
-Introduction to Pipili lanterns.
-Thinking about crafts in one’s own environment.
-Miriam’s Story video package.
-Intro to Pipili Appliqué PowerPoint Research.
Task 2 Planning, making, evaluating, display Planning, making and evaluating a 3D artwork focused on 'Harmony' in a group, according to a brief, inspired by the appliqué lanterns of Pipili and making reference to the theme, Different Backgrounds, Common Ground.
Plenary Why participate in the Miriam’s Vision Art activities? Refer to Miriam’s Vision objectives expressed in the theme, Different Backgrounds, Common Ground.


Art National Curriculum KS3

The following aspects of the curriculum are covered in the Miriam’s Vision Art Scheme of Work.

Pupils should be taught

  • to use a range of techniques and media
  • to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
  • to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
  • about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day