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"
I’m really into using tech in my art classroom (in any way! You can read about how I use Plickers in art here) and I based one of my Masters assignments on research around technology, differentiation and self-paced learning. I’m usually tweeting about it too. If you’re interested in getting to know a bit more about […]Read more "VR in the Art Classroom (with Google Cardboard)"
Plickers is a tool designed for teachers to be able to quickly assess pupils’ knowledge/understanding, making use of the latest technology. The Plickers site says: Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices As a trainee teacher of art, I have been looking […]Read more "Using Plickers in the Creative Arts Classroom"
I have recently started listening to the Cult of Pedagogy podcast and, as a trainee teacher, I have found loads of the information, tips and insights on there really useful. The Cult of Pedagogy podcast is a great resource for those starting out in teaching, and from some of the conversations and questions on there I’m […]Read more "Cult of Pedagogy Podcast"
An art keyword challenge for getting pupils into mixed pairs. Good to use as a starter or plenary too! Get the Keyword (Starter/Plenary) Activity for Art here. Use the resource to test your pupils knowledge on keywords and techniques. One half of the pair has the keyword, the other has the example. Mix up the […]Read more "Art keyword challenge!"
Posters with inspirational quotes from famous artists – perfect for your art classroom. Inspirational Artist Quotes posters for the classroom. “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” Vincent van Gogh “Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them […]Read more "Inspirational Artist Quotes"
Make sure your lesson observations are concise and appropriate by using this Observation Template form for trainee teachers. Click here for the Lesson Observation Template Guide. A record sheet I’ve put together for trainee teachers who are observing classes. I’ve used this for secondary school observations. Includes questions you should ask yourself when observing in […]Read more "Teacher Training Observation Form"