I love the Grid Drawing technique! Okay, just had to get that out there. Grid drawing is, I think, fundamental to improving confidence and skills in art. Used correctly, the grid method is fantastic for helping students to concentrate, analyse and problem-solve what is essentially a very challenging task. I often hand out grid method […]Read more "Grid Drawing Worksheets for Art Lessons"
Peer and self assessments; whole class evaluations; formative and summative assessments; teacher feedback; exit tickets; quick checks; verbal feedback… The list of ways for art students to receive feedback or evaluate their artwork can seem endless (and sometimes confusing) but these learning activities are critical for engaging and purposeful art lessons. Without succinct feedback, time […]Read more "Fun Assessment Ideas for Art Lessons"
I’m really excited to share this easy oil pastel art project because I have only just finished teaching it and the students have created some really wonderful work – I love their final pieces! (Although I do feel like I’m getting a bit obsessed with teaching Cubist inspired art lessons 😂 ) I was struggling […]Read more "KS3 Oil Pastel Cubism Art Project"
This 3D art project is great because it engages boys, uses minimal materials (mainly just paper and card), introduces new equipment and materials AND it can be really easily adapted. I teach this Design and Build architecture project every year because it is so much fun (and not just for the students 😂 ). Once […]Read more "KS3 Art Project – 3D Design and Build"
I created this painting scheme of work with the aim of engaging more boys in KS3 art. The outcomes for the project are less focused on precision and accuracy, but more on expression, emotion and mood. It uses Kandinsky’s artwork as a starting point to explore links between music, colour and feelings, then moves on […]Read more "KS3 Painting Scheme of Work: Colour Theory with Kandinsky"
I love this painting project because it introduces basic colour theory and you can add a range of different challenges each lesson. By the end of the project students are able to identify and mix paints to correctly have secondary and tertiary colours, and use their knowledge to create unique and vibrant final painted outcomes. […]Read more "KS3 Art Scheme of Work: Colour Theory"
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]"
In these poly-printing technique lessons, my KS3 art pupils have been looking at African Adinkra Symbols and using them as inspiration to create their own printed artwork. They looked at the symbols, drew them out, and finally created their own poly-print artworks. For their initial research into printing techniques, students looked Adinkra Symbols. When they […]Read more "KS3 Art: Poly Printing Scheme of Work – Adinkra Symbols"
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]"