Photography Composition Guide Cards

Photography Composition Guide Cards

These cards have been created to support students with composition in photography. They were written for year 10 as an introduction to the skill of using different compositions such as negative space, rule of thirds, leading lines etc. and will be a useful reference for year 11 as a visual reminder. There are 6 A4 colourful cards ready to be laminated, each for a different type of composition with clear tips, diagrams and photos for reference.
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Year 7/8 Product Design SOW and work book

Year 7/8 Product Design SOW and work book

This is a product design project based on designing trainers. The SOW details weekly tasks for a 10 week project suitable for year 7 or 8. The tasks include product analysis, product design, logo and packaging design, marketing and evaluation. Also included is the 15 page booklet which includes all worksheets and resources for the unit, including self, peer and teacher assessment boxes.
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Photography: slow shutter speed portraits

Photography: slow shutter speed portraits

This worksheet guides students through a slow shutter speed portrait activity with different techniques and ideas to try, with visual examples. A really good task to teach students about slow shutter speed and the potentials for using long exposures. You'll just need a dark room and some torches!
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GCSE project overview - Architecture

GCSE project overview - Architecture

This has been a really successful scheme of work. Students engaged with it really well, with a variety of painting, printmaking and mixed media work linking to artists such as Ian Murphy and Paul Kenton. We ran a trip to a local English Heritage venue which I'd recommend for photography and drawing - they're generally free if you lead them yourself! The SOW is broken down by week, giving tasks linked to AOs, Skills focus and extensions for HPA.
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GCSE project overview - Seedpods - 2D and 3D

GCSE project overview - Seedpods - 2D and 3D

This has been a really successful scheme of work. Students engaged with it really well, partly due to the variety of artists that I presented to them but also due to the potential for an abstract approach to the project. We did a lot of clay in this project, including a day with an artist which is something I'd highly recommend if you have the budget. The SOW is broken down by week, giving tasks linked to AOs, Skills focus and extensions for HPA. In addition to the SOW, I've also included a worksheet with artist images on that I used for this project.
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Beatriz Milhazes pattern drawing and photoshop lesson

Beatriz Milhazes pattern drawing and photoshop lesson

This lesson worked really well with year 9, engaging them during the pattern drawing element of the task, and then teaching them some basic photoshop skills as a follow up lesson (using the worksheet). Students design a pattern page, you then need to scan their drawings ready for the following photoshop lesson where they add colour and further patterns. One tip - get students to press fairly hard in pencil or go over designs in pen so the scanner can see them clearly!
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Year 9 SOW - Urban Art

Year 9 SOW - Urban Art

This SOW has been written to get year 9 students excited about art by exploring urban artists and techniques. The SOW has been written to be student friendly, with an A3 flow diagram with images and colour coded to explain the project, with links to GCSE criteria to get students into the habit of working in a similar way to KS4.
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GCSE Photography checklist

GCSE Photography checklist

This checklist lists all of the tasks that I expect all students to complete for a GCSE Photography project. It is colour coded linked to the AOs, features clear success criteria for each task, and offers a 'going for gold' extension to push the higher ability students. A really good resource for encouraging students to work independently, as well as for reference when structuring their projects.
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GCSE Art Assessment Objective breakdown

GCSE Art Assessment Objective breakdown

This resources is a double sided A3 learning mat which breaks down the AOs for students, highlighting what they need to do to be successful in each area. A particularly good resource for encouraging students to push for higher grades. Colourful, clear and student friendly, my classes have responded well to this resource and found it useful!
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GCSE SOW - Insects

GCSE SOW - Insects

A student friendly SOW based on insects, with an A3 visual flow diagram to demonstrate the project overview with links to AOs as well as a task overview.
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Art Transition lesson - suitable for SEN

Art Transition lesson - suitable for SEN

This PowerPoint was written for a KS3 transition session with a group of SEN students but would be suitable for all groups. The topic is alternative drawing, and there are a range of short drawing tasks that focus on being creative rather than perfect or accurate in order to build confidence.
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Photography self and peer assessment tables

Photography self and peer assessment tables

This document features four different peer/self assessment tables, each pre-filled with different medals and missions ready to be highlighted as appropriate, ensuring good quality feedback. They cover giving feedback on taking photographs, editing photos, artist research and annotations/evaluations. Mainly aimed at GCSE photography students but could be suitable for A-level.
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Monday Challenges - ice breakers/ form time activities.

Monday Challenges - ice breakers/ form time activities.

I started these with my form class a couple of years ago to get students more active and motivated on a Monday morning! Minimal resources required, and guaranteed to get students having fun and working in teams quickly. There are 6 challenges here which will each last around 15 minutes, with a few silly 'Monday Memes' to put on the board as students come in to your classroom.
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Speed dating ice breaker - new class

Speed dating ice breaker - new class

A simple ice breaker, ideal for a new class or a class with some new students to help them get to know each other a little and to encourage them to talk to each other. The worksheet explains the task clearly, with lots of simple conversation starters to get students talking.
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Student Led form time

Student Led form time

The idea behind this presentation is to encourage students to engage more in form time, and to take some ownership over what they do in the mornings whilst encouraging leadership skills. A good introduction with some tips and outlines to structure their sessions. I've previously used this with sixth form tutor groups but it would probably work with KS4 too.
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AO1 - How to analyse a photographer

AO1 - How to analyse a photographer

A clear presentation that encourages students to be analytical to support their marks in AO1 when discussing the work of a photographer. Lots of prompt questions to help them structure their written analysis and to help them take inspiration from the artist. I wrote it for A-level but have also used it with GCSE Photography students to encourage a higher standard of work.
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Photography Careers Guide

Photography Careers Guide

This PowerPoint covers lots of different aspects of photography careers, from types of jobs to portfolios to potential wages. Clear information with some diagrams and visuals to support further. suitable for GCSE and A-level students.
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