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Art Thinking - clever resources to engage and stimulate creative approaches, and genuine informed responses.
Easter Work List

Easter Work List

A useful little form for students to use to focus themselves on what they need to do while they complete their prep work for unit 2 A Level Art and Design
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Odd One Out - employment

Odd One Out - employment

A nice starter activity for students to consider employment rights, and how they behave in the world of employment. Its an odd one out exercise to consider what is acceptable and not acceptable in the workplace, in things they may take for granted about their appearance
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Stages of Work

Stages of Work

A useful lesson starter leading into the lesson - in the hour session planned for I used 6 minute intervals with an alarm to notify students when to stop and take a photo of the work in progress, but over longer sessions it works well too - 6 minutes per stage certainly keeps the lesson pacey, a longer session will give them more stages of development, which is great for AO2 and 3 as they can evidence review and refine and reflective thinking. Our students post on their Instagram as its quicker than having to go upload, print, cut out and stick in.
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Close Up Detail

Close Up Detail

A good intervention lesson to use an approach of looking at close up details of paintings to show a better understanding of techniques and approaches. The lesson has a starter to engage students on entry and stimulates curiosity in identifying works from close up detail. The task builds to extend responses to explore work relevant to personal project work and so hits AO1 and AO2 nicely. Ideal for KS4 and 5 but will work equally as well if you want to engage younger students in looking at painting
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Visual Communication In Art

Visual Communication In Art

A lesson with a starter activity which focuses students on how artists communicate ideas in different ways as well as understanding that when they look at an image it is usually communicating a story, a concept, a response to something. Students are then guided to explore a discussion question relating to how artists use text in their work with a list of suggested sources. The slides have notes accompanying to prompt discussion and there are opportunities to dwell on issues of equality and diversity. This lesson is aimed at GCSE and A Level to boost response to AO1 to show extended informed comments and discussion rather than the usual biographical information on one artist.
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A Level Art essay - a good example to show

A Level Art essay - a good example to show

A nicely constructed essay on "Structures and Abstraction" to show students beginning the written element of their personal Investigation with a good mix of research and gallery visits to inform the personal response. The student uses quotation well to set up opportunities to comment and develop ideas further, supported by examples of their own work. Also includes the student's own photos of work seen in galleries such as the Mondrian on this cover image.
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The Ofsted Outstanding Art Lesson

The Ofsted Outstanding Art Lesson

This lesson has never let me down, devised as a way for students to show progress and cover all the assessment objectives at GCSE or A Level in one session it enables the teacher to cover the essential elements needed in an observation. It can fit in with a set of lessons exploring creative approaches or be used as an intervention lesson in the middle of project work. Students really enjoy the creative processes here and respond well to the immediate feedback you can give them in lesson with this plan. The LP also come with reference points for AFL, E&D and British Values
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Odd One Out - Fashion

Odd One Out - Fashion

A starter activity to get them guessing looking for possible connections. This one is based on names and slide 2 has the explanations of origins. This activity has no other questions - it is really about students asking the questions with the odd clue from the teacher thrown in when they get stuck. Gets them thinking about fashion beyond the look of it.
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Identify the city in the fog

Identify the city in the fog

A fun starter to engage and get students in a good mood - 10 cities in the fog for students to identify. Can use this as a starter for any subject, and it has a link with Geography obviously.
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Odd One Out - Alcohol

Odd One Out - Alcohol

A starter activity to engage students on arrival. This is a nice one to explore the perception of alcohol and raise awareness of issues, and can prompt some useful discussions with students.
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Which is best? Toilets

Which is best? Toilets

A starter to engage students in thinking about design, hygiene, and different cultures and conditions around the world. Particularly useful if your students are not particularly well travelled as it provides them with basic ideas of how different life can be
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which is the best? Bundle

which is the best? Bundle

7 starter activities to generate discussion around the same question, exploring aspects of design, cost, performance etc - students decide what defines "best" for them
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How are they linked?

How are they linked?

A fun starter looking at how the celebrities could be linked to the animal/object. Good for students to think around and look at how new discoveries are named, and how personal choice comes into this.
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Which is the best?

Which is the best?

A really simple starter - a discussion generator. They can decide on their own criteria for how to measure "best" - cheapest, most robust, most versatile etc.
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Which is the best? Shoes

Which is the best? Shoes

A starter to encourage discussion, analysis and reasoning - students can decide on their criteria for "best" - most comfortable, fashionable, fun - and can look across both men's and women's.
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Art and Fashion

Art and Fashion

A useful intervention or cover lesson - comes with a starter task to engage on entry and leads through examples of how fashion designers are using artists as influences in their work. The task has suggested artists to explore and has learning objectives to focus the students on outcomes
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Which is the best? Cars

Which is the best? Cars

A fun starter to engage boys in particular in discussion - the points in discussion can be directed towards design, comfort, clean etc to prompt the refinement of the definition of "best"
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Which is best? Travel Bag

Which is best? Travel Bag

A starter to engage discussion and thinking - the criteria for "best" can be left for the students to decide on and justify through the reasoning - can be design, versatility, price etc
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Which is the best? Beds

Which is the best? Beds

A starter to get students thinking about design, practicality, comfort, so the students can weigh these up as to deciding what constitutes best.
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