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Art Thinking - clever resources to engage and stimulate creative approaches, and genuine informed responses.
Lanscape painting around the world
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Lanscape painting around the world

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Good for hitting multi cultural approaches in painting - a lesson with a starter to focus students on different approaches to landscape painting in different countries around the world. I find this one useful to get students thinking in how they might identify places at first which feeds into looking at painting approaches and differences in thinking. Good for any age group and a useful intervention lesson in project work or a session on equality and diversity.
A Look At Shocking Art
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A Look At Shocking Art

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Always an enjoyable lesson with good opportunities for discussion and the promotion of equality and diversity. It has an engaging starter requiring students to question what is actually shocking about the images they are looking at, and how opinions and values change over time. The extended tasks allows for further personal responses to develop again promoting E&D in the students exploring and sharing what they find in term of a top 10 they create. Ideal for an intervention lesson at KS3, 4 and 5, or as a lesson to widen appreciation and knowledge of Art History
Which Is The Most Interesting Structure?
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Which Is The Most Interesting Structure?

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A starter activity to make students consider the different forms water can take and how they might define "interesting". This can be a good addition to a project on natural form structures or just as a thinking skills starter.
Identify Whose Studio This Is
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Identify Whose Studio This Is

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A fun little starter to engage students on entry - gets them looking at how artists work in different ways - some neat and tidy, some chaotic. It gives them a reference point of the work the artists produce with the answers. Good for a bit of background knowledge of working practices in painting.
What's The Link?
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What's The Link?

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A fun starter to any lesson or tutor time to get students thinking and looking for clues to make connections.
How are they linked?
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How are they linked?

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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.
Which is the best? Shoes
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Which is the best? Shoes

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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.
We Love Walkabout
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We Love Walkabout

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2 fun activities to involve students which really engage students in a twist on Aboriginal Art approaches. This has been great with KS2 and 3 and they enjoy it because of the involvement with making the images from things personal to their journeys, routes to school or the footprint activity. A nice mix of activities to extend their responses and hits AO1 and 2 with creative responses and engagement. The resulting work can make a great class display so celebrates E &D really well.
Instagram used as a digital sketchbook
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Instagram used as a digital sketchbook

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Instagram is great as a way of using something students are happy with as a method of working. I find it great as students are already familiar with it, but not necessarily as a way of working creatively. Obviously ideal for photography students but also for any of the art specifications as they can record what they do and build evidence of development of ideas. Its handy if you can get your senior management to unblock it, and this is easier obviously post 16, but it can still be used as homework if not, and you know instantly who is doing their homework and who isn't. The best thing about it is that students buy into this - they are really happy doing it, they can get likes from each other and you can comment instantly on what they have doe. Get them to set up a second account from their personal one and they're off - and it gives you a load of stuff to promote your department and school or college.
What's Going On?
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What's Going On?

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A starter activity which always engages students in looking for how artists create illusions in different ways and trick us in how we look. The slide has six images with explanations on slide 2. This starter can be used for any age group you are working with to look a bit harder.
How are these drawings done?
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How are these drawings done?

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A starter activity for sessions on drawing. This starter encourages students to consider new ways of drawing and promotes creative approaches to get them away from thinking drawing can only be done with dry media in a prescribed way. The power point has 7 images on slide one for students to work through and is ideal at GCSE and A Level for AO2 possibilities.
The Cultural Lucky Dip Bag
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The Cultural Lucky Dip Bag

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A set of 10 images across different cultures and a lesson plan to work as an intervention lesson or lessons in the development of coursework projects. It requires the careful selection of a set of media into party bags with one of the images - and works on the premise that the more constricting the rules you place on students the more creative they get and the harder they look. This is ideal for GCSE and A Level and allows for creative links with other culture's approaches and stylisations. It also hits AO2 in requiring students to explore the boundaries of working with limited random media. The lesson plan includes references to differentiation and equality and diversity as well as highlighting the opportunities through the lesson to hit the learning objectives
What's The Connection? 7
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What's The Connection? 7

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A lesson starter to encourage looking and thinking. Students love these puzzles - they will not be able to identify all the images and that helps them start to look for clues and guess, a key part of looking and questioning what they see. This is good for any age where you want a starter to engage on entry and will work well working in pairs or small groups. The slide contains 7 images of diverse images with a connection in the title.
Lesson Starter Bundle 3
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Lesson Starter Bundle 3

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8 engaging starters, some will extend into tasks for class or homework research and planning. Great for creating a culture of looking and questioning - a state of mind you want your students to be in, whatever the age.
How DId They Make That?
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How DId They Make That?

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A starter activity and extension task to use as a lesson of idea development, challenging students to be more ambitious in thinking how art can be made in unusual and sometimes quite fun ways. This can be used to focus students as they enter and will encourage curiosity in exploring the images as to how they might be done. Super for GCSE and A Level groups.
Odd One Out - Films
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Odd One Out - Films

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A nice starter for students to think outside the box. Great for getting a positive working atmosphere going and developing thinking skills. great for any subject as something different to start with including tutor time.
Odd One Out - Bands
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Odd One Out - Bands

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A useful starter for Music or Tutor time - keep your students engaged on entry looking for connections between the images. The nature of the Odd One Out starters is to prompt guessing and questioning from the students, so there are no questions on this starter apart from "which is the odd one out?". I find dropping clues in where they get stuck helpful to prompt further looking and guessing. The important thing is not for them to know, or guess the answer but to open up possibilities of thinking for them.
Earth View Abstraction
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Earth View Abstraction

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This is a fun set of lessons for up to Year 8, working really well with KS2, but I've also used this idea with KS4 and post 16. It allows students to find about artists using similar approaches and aerial photographs to explore making an abstract painting, so covers AO1 2 and 4 nicely. Because they are looking at aerial photographs the usual worries about abstract art don't surface, and they are making something personal to themselves in what they choose as their subject matter. A nice set of lessons which they all enjoy