I have created a huge PowerPoint presentation with over 45 engaging starter or plenary activities for your art classes. The activities are all art-related and can be used in KS3 or KS4 art lessons, either as entry tasks, starters, plenaries or exit questions. The slides are made up of questions, challenges, thought prompts, riddles, true […]Read more "Effective Starters & Plenaries for Art"
My GCSE Art students have been working on a project titled The Blue Planet. Inspired by issues brought up in the BBC Blue Planet series, they have started collecting images, materials and photographs related to the project, and they have mind-mapped their initial ideas. This post shares some of their first drawings in response to […]Read more "GCSE Art Scheme of Work: The Blue Planet"
The aim of this project was for students to explore a range of mark making techniques, then choose the most suitable for their landscape ideas. The outcomes were painted (and printed) landscapes, focusing on movement, atmosphere and texture. The brief was: Many artists are inspired by landscapes. Some draw or paint from direct observation, others […]Read more "GCSE Art Scheme of Work: Landscape & Mark Making"
I have previously posted a series of lessons explaining how students have studied various ways of making marks. This is part of a landscape scheme of work, where students will create a landscape based on their memories. This was a GCSE art and design scheme of work, and you can find the other lessons for […]Read more "KS4 Art & Design: Mark Making [Lesson 6]"
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"
I try to store all of my research for art resources on Pinterest. You can find loads of photographs, artwork, techniques and ideas for both KS3 and KS4 Art and Photography there: I’ve got boards for just about anything I can think of, from lists of artists, ideas for excellent annotations to full schemes of […]Read more "Art Teacher Resources on Pinterest"
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"