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]"
For my Landscape and Mark Making project at KS4, I am asking pupils to create landscapes from memory. We have been exploring mark making, tone and how artists create movement or atmosphere. We are about to move onto creating our own landscapes from memory using the techniques we’ve looked at. I have been looking for […]Read more "Jennilie Brewster"
I am looking for contemporary artists to show my Y10 pupils alongside traditional artists such as Van Gogh and Georges Seurat. Our project is looking at mark making and landscapes so the artwork by Gordon Cheung is appropriate. I have been talking to pupils about creating landscapes from memory or creating areas which are imaginary, […]Read more "Gordon Cheung"
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)"
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]"
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 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]"