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Art & Design teaching resources which will hopefully give you a bit more time in your teaching day. I always try and make meaningful links with the work of a variety of artists and makers from different eras. Check out my website for freebies and more resources... www.felt-tip-pen.com

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Art & Design teaching resources which will hopefully give you a bit more time in your teaching day. I always try and make meaningful links with the work of a variety of artists and makers from different eras. Check out my website for freebies and more resources... www.felt-tip-pen.com
Artist research planning handout / poster / template
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Artist research planning handout / poster / template

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A printable worksheet to support students in improving artist research. This resource prompts all the areas of research and provides questions to sparks ideas. Page one is a worksheet which can be filled in with information about the chosen artist being researched. Page two provides additional support in the form of 20 analysis questions plus advice about writing meaningfully about artworks. A great resource for improving the quality of artist research pages! Use as a draft to gather information and then transfer into sketchbooks or mounted pages in a creative way. This two-page PDF gives students guidance and inspiration to produce excellent artist research pages. Primary targets are KS4, but can be used equally with KS3 and KS5. Printable at A3 and A4 size - stick them up as display for constant reference or photocopy for sketchbooks or focused research lesson.
Artist research template - handout/poster
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Artist research template - handout/poster

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Want to improve the quality of your students artist research? This PDF poster aims to guide students guidance and inspiration to produce excellent artist research pages. Primary targets are KS4, but can be used equally with KS3 and KS5. Two versions are included: A3 and A4 printables - stick them up as display for constant reference or photocopy for sketchbooks or focused research lesson. Soon enough they’ll be in the habit of producing great research!
GCSE Art and Design infographic - assessment objectives
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GCSE Art and Design infographic - assessment objectives

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A student friendly infographic to guide students through producing an exam or coursework project that meets the assessment objective criteria. A pdf file which can be printed as a bookmark or larger for display in the classroom. A successful way to break down the GCSE assessment objectives for students and get them taking responsibility for making sure their project covers all aspects.
Felt making instructions and worksheet
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Felt making instructions and worksheet

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Resources to support felt making in the classroom. There is an instruction sheet and a information sheet on felt making craft traditions around the world with a corresponding sheet with comprehension questions for students. Felt making is a brilliant textile craft to bring into lessons as it is very tactile and a ‘magic’ process whereby the materials transform as you work them. Resources needed for felt making are listed, and it should be possible to create a small sample piece over two lessons (one dry lesson, where the piece is created, and one wet lesson where it is felted). Originally created for a year 9 group, this could be used with GCSE students as a workshop too.
How to make a collograph
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How to make a collograph

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One page worksheet with background on the printing method and then instructions on how to create a collograph. Good for student reference in a practical session. Could be used at Key Stage 3, 4 or 5 in a workshop or to help students who are looking into this process for independent work.
A level Art student tips infographic / bookmark
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A level Art student tips infographic / bookmark

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Guidance for KS5 students in an easy to access format on annotation, vocabulary and assessment objectives. Print 2 pages back to back for a quick reference getting students to take responsibility for doing the right thing!
GCSE Art and Design project checklist: printable handout
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GCSE Art and Design project checklist: printable handout

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A handout printable at A4 or A3 with a checklist for GCSE art students to self assess their project. The second page (you can print these back to back) includes the assessment objective headings and the description of a grade 8 to further support self-assessment. Students are asked to consider strengths and weaknesses and to come up with three initial targets. Ideal for mid-point or interim assessment tool, and a document students can revisit to monitor their own progress. Excellent for encouraging independence and support students to take responsibility for their own development. The resource works well with this vocabulary handout and this guide to annotation. New for 2020: EVENT theme mind map is available here and a bundle of mind maps on 7 themes including CROWDS, EXPRESSION, CONCEALMENT, PAPER and more is available here*
Sketchbook annotation advice
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Sketchbook annotation advice

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Designed initially to support year 12 students with sketchbook annotation, this presentation has also been useful with GCSE and year 13 artists. The presentation provides some discussion points and also some clear directions of the 'what not to do’s of sketchbook annotation. Students are asked to look at some examples of sketchbook annotation, so it is useful if you have some old books - good or not - for analysis and discussion. If not, there are two examples in the presentation you can use. The presentation asks students to then look at their own sketchbooks and set their own independent study task, using what they have learnt. I have found this to be a successful starter for lessons, taking about 25 minutes and encouraging independence.
Iznik Turkish Tulip Relief Clay Tiles scheme of work
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Iznik Turkish Tulip Relief Clay Tiles scheme of work

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This unit of work was designed for KS3 and includes background information on tulips as a Turkish cultural symbol. The project develops through drawing and painting lessons, on to design, and then collage work leading to the final lessons building a relief tile in clay, and then glazing. Each lesson has a powerpoint presentation and there are accompanying worksheets, starters and extension tasks as necessary. In all, the unit covers 7 lessons including a final one on evaluation. This is a fairly speedy project and could easily be extended to cover more lessons. Initial primary observation lessons use real tulips to draw from, though this could be adapted to work from secondary imagery. The lessons feature elements on design, pattern and symmetry. This project has been really successful in providing for a range of skills and students have produced results that they are very proud of!
Colour Wheel lesson
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Colour Wheel lesson

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A colour wheel lesson which has the theory with examples and instructions for a practical task (creating a colour wheel with coloured pencil and oil pastels). This is a great straight forward lesson to cover the basics of colour theory with your art and design classes. A template for the colour wheel is included (students can trace this through into their books). Monet is the contextual link and examples are given of how colour theory is applied in his work. A plenary looks at how packaging design uses complimentary colours too.
William Morris artist research & analysis worksheet
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William Morris artist research & analysis worksheet

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A four page resource (can be photocopied back to back and laminated for repeated use) on the artist and designer William Morris. The first two sheets are based on Morris’ work and the last two are botanical watercolours to be used as source material for students own designs. Can be used as a cover lesson during a relevant project (natural forms, flora, textile or wallpaper designs, repeat pattern…), an extension activity, or as a whole class task. Students are asked to read the information about the artist then answer questions, then show their visual understanding through a Morris-inspired design of their own. A fantastic resource to have on hand and relevant to so many projects!
Art Annotation Advice for Students
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Art Annotation Advice for Students

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Want to improve your Art students’ annotation skills?! A one page handout to support students in producing high quality annotation in their Art and Design work. Guidance for writing about their own work, as well as the work of other artists. Easy to follow, the sheet gives hints and tips to advise students on annotation so they get it right. The sheet has been designed with GCSE and A level students in mind, but could also be used with more independent-minded KS3 students. Printable at either A3 as a poster, or A4 as a handout.
GCSE art and design course handbook
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GCSE art and design course handbook

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This powerpoint presentation is designed to be printed and then photocopied into a booklet (A5 sized) which can be stuck into the back of year 10 students sketchbooks towards the start of the GCSE course. I have found that students take the idea of managing their own learning more seriously with the handbook and that they are able to refer to pages on evaluation and artist research when needed. They seem to enjoy having this resource. The booklet has been updated to the wording of the new specification (from 2016, AQA exam board - though this is easily adapted to other boards) and includes a page outlining the projects students will cover over the year that you would probably want to adapt to suit your own course. The idea of producing this as a powerpoint is that you can also incorporate pages into your own lesson presentations where relevant throughout the year (for instance when asking students to add new vocabulary).
GCSE Art and Design Assessment Objectives Poster for dispay or handout
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GCSE Art and Design Assessment Objectives Poster for dispay or handout

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An A3 pdf poster for artroom display to support students' understanding of the Assessment Objectives. This version uses the 'old specification' wording for this years' GCSE (year 11) students - a 'new spec' version is also available for year 10s. The poster aims to keep it simple and provides short 'student speak' explanations of what each assessment objective is looking for. The idea of the poster is to present the process of the project from the perspective of an explorer: developing ideas (using a compass to set a course for the investigation), refining skills with appropriate tools (penknife illustration), recording ideas by observing carefully (binoculars) and documenting, and finally shining a light on the culmination of the adventure! A timely piece of classroom display to remind students what they need for both coursework and exam projects. The pdf can be printed at A3 size or reduced down to A4.
Mind-mapping student guide
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Mind-mapping student guide

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A guide to mind-mapping for art students. Presented as a mind-map (naturally!) it is intended to be something that students might have to hand whilst working on this task, and refer to as they progress. The PDF download is printable at A3 or A4, so could be used as a poster or handout for the class. Also provided are some student examples for discussion and inspiration.
Ernst Haeckel artist research and analysis worksheet
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Ernst Haeckel artist research and analysis worksheet

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A two page resource (can be photocopied back to back and laminated for repeated use) on the German scientist and artist Ernst Haeckel. Can be used as a cover lesson during a relevant project (science in art, natural forms, zooming-in, symmetry, abstraction…), an extension activity, or as a whole class task. Students are asked to read the information about the artist then answer questions, create a mind-map of their ideas of what Haeckel’s forms remind them of, then create their own response based on his ‘Art Forms in Nature’ prints. Designed to be easy to deploy and requires no additional resources. A fantastic resource to have on hand and relevant to so many projects!
GCSE Art & Design sketchbook example
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GCSE Art & Design sketchbook example

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Photographs of an A grade GCSE Art & Design sketchbook put together in a Powerpoint presentation. Students find it useful as an exemplar and can be used to refer to specific pages at different moments in a project (e.g. mind mapping, planning, recording, evaluating…). I chose this book as it is quite a clear example and not too long. It is not a perfect sketchbook, but shows an achievable standard and some interesting ideas.
Ndebele craft activity: mini house
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Ndebele craft activity: mini house

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Make a personalised mini home from a reused carton or box (like the ones tea comes in). Take inspiration from Ndebele art from sothern Africa to create bright and colourful designs. A great one-off lesson or can be developed into a longer project: see my unit of work with 12 lessons (fully resources with Powerpoint presentations and worksheets in my TES shop - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ndebele-modroc-houses-colour-and-geometry-3d-painting-scheme-of-work-11415036) A project which kids love!
Final piece poster: Art & design * GCSE & A level * classroom display
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Final piece poster: Art & design * GCSE & A level * classroom display

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Free poster to download and print at A3 or A4 size: ‘Your Final Piece’. A quick reference to encourage students to create work to conclude their project that is relevant, high quality and represents their best work. Great to get you classroom ready for the exam season! Other resources you might find useful to support students to understand expectations, produce high quality annotation and work independently: Art vocabulary poster Annotation Guide Artist research planning template What makes good artist research poster Evaluation questions