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 Art Lessons: Pattern Design"
My KS4 Y10 art 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 […]Read more "KS4 Art Lessons: 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 Art: Poly Printing Scheme of Work – 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 "KS3 Art Lesson: 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]"
I am working on a project with KS4 Art & Design pupils with the intention of creating an abstract landscape based on childhood memories. So far we have explored some mark-making techniques in watercolour and ink: Dashes (creating tone) Pointillism (blending colours into one another) Dashes and daubs (creating movement) Ink (using tools such as […]Read more "KS4 ART & DESIGN: MARK MAKING [LESSON 5]"
Following on from our previous lesson in mark making, which focussed on using the paintbrush in a new way and trying different pointillist techniques, this lesson is aimed at developing those skills. On the board I showed some work by Van Gogh and questioned the group about how the painting made them feel, how the […]Read more "KS4 Art & Design: Mark Making [Lesson 4]"
After our introduction to mark-making using watercolours, we moved on to looking at Pointillism as a technique. I introduced new artists to look at, then set out the objectives. I chose three artists as a reference and included some keywords for pupils to focus on when choosing images to print out, asking pupils to print […]Read more "KS4 Art & Design: Mark Making [Lesson 3]"
KS4. Second lesson in mark-making and painting using watercolours.Read more "KS4 Art & Design: Mark Making [Lesson 2]"
KS4. First lesson in a new painting project exploring mark-making.Read more "KS4 Art & Design: Mark Making [Lesson 1]"