Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 4

Meaning and definition of arts



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TOPIC: Meaning and Definition of Arts

Learning Objectives

At the end of this Module, Pupils should be able to:

  • State the meaning of arts.
  • The origin of Arts
  • Know the importance of Arts


  • Art works
  • Explanatory posters/pictures
  • Explanatory Video


  • NERDC Basic Education Curriculum for primary schools.
  • Lagos State Scheme of work
  • Internet Materials. Computer Studies for Primary Schools.

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Meaning of Arts

Arts is the use of our internal skills to create beautiful things. The following skills form of skills are acting, singing, photography, dancing, drawing, etc.

Art is a way human can express their thoughts and mind using creative paintings, ceramic pieces or sculptural pieces.



Origin of arts

Ancient arts are stone carving, rock painting, pottery. It started from the early days of the cave men. These came men use animal blood and various earth colours on the rocks. Ancient people used drawing to communicate with one another like in ancient Egypt make use of picture symbol (hieroglyphic).


  1. It is used as history to remember past events.
  2. It is used to beautify our environment and homes.
  3. It is used to beautify our body through the clothes wear and various ornaments we put on our body. Such as clothes (batik, kente, Adire, etc.).
  4. It is used as a way of communication like the use of posters, books, fliers, signpost, etc.

Branches of arts

Art is divided into two branches: these are liberal art and creative arts

Creative Art are of two type. These are performing arts and visual arts.

  1. Performing arts: this is an entertainment art which involves music and acting. The artist uses music, dance, acting to send show information of past happenings to the people or viewers.
  2. Visual arts: this arts make use of colours, forms and other design elements to create ideas that send messages to the people. Visual arts have to two parts. These are fine art and industrial art.

Fine art

In fine art we have

  1. Architecture: it focus on house design.
  2. Painting: it focus on drawing and painting of pictorial composition.
  3. Sculpture: it focus on modeling and carving objects.

Industrial artwork

Industrial artwork includes

  1. Ceramics: these focuses on molding thing like cups, plate, pots, glassware, etc.
  2. Textile: focus on designing of various patterns of clothes and fabrics with prints and dye.
  3. Metal works: �this is the production of jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets and pendants.
  4. Graphics: �this deals with designing of various printed documents such as posters, banners, fliers, etc.

Nigerian Artworks

Nigeria have its own arts from our various tribes and community. They are made from bronze, clay, brass and wood.

Like the eastern parts of Nigeria mostly make use of clay, wood and raffia palm to produce artwork such as mats, pottery, slippers. Etc.

The westerners make use of cloth, wood and calabash to produce a Adire eleko, wood masks, and different designs with calabash.

The northerners make use of animal skin to produce shoes, bags, ornaments, mats, etc.

Famous Nigeria artwork

  • Bronze vessel of igbo ukwu.
  • Broze head of queen mother.
  • Nok terracotta head
  • Bronze head of ooni of Obalufon


  • The Teacher revises the previous lesson
  • The Teacher introduces the topic:�Meaning and Definition of Arts
  • She/he explains the meaning of arts.
  • She/he explains the history of arts.
  • Teacher leads pupils to mention the importance of arts.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: the students mention the form of art they know and liked.


Instruction: Answer the following questions below.

  • What is the meaning of�arts?
  • Explain the history of�arts.

Mention three importance of arts.

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