We taught an observational drawing scheme of work to develop Year 7 students’ drawing skills at the start of the year. Looking first at the hyperrealist artist Marcello Barenghi, students created artist research pages in their sketchbooks and watched YouTube videos of him working. These were great to play as students were entering the classroom […]Read more "KS3 Art Scheme of Work: Observational Drawing"
We have recently started a new GCSE Scheme of Work, and since it is the first time teaching it, I thought I would share the progress of students in a series of posts. The theme of the GCSE project is The Blue Planet, and I have asked students to start their research (assessment objective 1 […]Read more "GCSE Art Scheme of Work: The Blue Planet"
I have been teaching pattern design inspired by MC Escher to my Year 8 groups in school. By the end of the project, students were able to understand how to abstract sections of previous drawings and develop them into patterns. They looked at 4 simple pattern repeats: basic, half drop, 90 degree rotation and reflection. […]Read more "KS3 Pattern Design"
My KS4 Y10 students have been working on a Life & Death project, with the aim of creating two smaller final pieces rather than one large one. The final pieces are made up of a cast (in modroc) inspired by Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place‘ along with a series of intaglio prints. The printmaking process can […]Read more "KS4 Intaglio Printmaking"
My Year 7 pupils have been looking at African Adinkra Symbols and using them as inspiration to create their own. They looked at the symbols, drew them out and then drew three of their own. They focused on filling the space, using a range of thick and thin lines and creating symmetry. Here are some […]Read more "KS3 Poly Printing – Adinkra Symbols"
I have an interactive whiteboard in my classroom and so far I’m a bit ashamed to say, I haven’t really stretched it’s potential. I regularly use it to display slides on Powerpoint, show the odd video clip and occasionally have pupils interact with the board by moving items around or matching pictures to words etc. […]Read more "Abstract Still Life [Interactive Lesson]"
As part of the GCSE Art course I am teaching, my Y10 class have already explored a range of mark-making techniques to use on their landscape project. Whilst still mark-making, I have filed Impasto under ‘creating texture’ as the aim of this lesson was to show students how thick, heavy, tactile surfaces are just as important […]Read more "Creating Texture with Acrylic Paint [Impasto]"