As I mentioned some time ago on here, my year 7,8,9 and 10 students have all been working to an Alice in Wonderland theme.
In particular, my year 8's focussed on the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. First of all we studied the elements and principles of design and then moved on to still life drawings. The culmination of these things led to students producing an image of a teacup or teapot that employed the use of pattern, line, shape and positive and negative space.
Some pretty good work if I do say so myself.