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Out of the Boxx ideas for art teachers - Resources to inspire your lessons and your students.
Mandala Pattern Drawing Activity
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Mandala Pattern Drawing Activity

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This is a double sided resource, made of two separate worksheets and designed to be printed A3 and laminated together. On the first side there is a brief explanation of Mandala patterns, their history, symbolism and meaning. There are also a step-by-step instructions, explaining how to begin drawing a Mandala pattern. The second sheet includes a variety of Mandala patterns to give students ideas and inspiration. Included also is a polar paper template to be used as a guide for drawing out a Mandala pattern.
Toby Ziegler - Patterned Landscape Activity
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Toby Ziegler - Patterned Landscape Activity

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Templates are provided to help students create their own patterned landscapes by drawing patterns in to the shapes provided. There are two slight variations of this task, with the stretch and challenge activity encouraging students to add more complex zentangle type patterns to their landscapes and draw their own compositions. This resource works well as a a task within a landscape topic in art or as a cover activity.
Artist Analysis: Michael Craig-Martin
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Artist Analysis: Michael Craig-Martin

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This resource supports KS3 students in their investigations in to the work of artist, Michael Craig-Martin. Included are a brief PowerPoint, which has a drawing activity, and a detailed worksheet with discussion points and questions, of varying difficulty. The worksheet is designed to be printed A3, folded in half and laminated as A4 so that it is double sided. A QR code links to a YouTube video of an interview with the artist.
Introduction to Landscape Painting with Activities
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Introduction to Landscape Painting with Activities

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This PowerPoint presentation introduces students to a the topic of landscape painting. A variety of landscapes are discussed and range of questions and definitions used illustrated to support this. The names of artists are given as examples of each type of landscpae, to give students ideas and starting points. Two ideas for activities are included; a timeline of landscape painting and instructions of how to put together a mood board / title page to help students explore initial ideas. This would work well as the introduction to a larger landscape project.
TONAL EXERCISES - Shading and Basic Form Worksheet
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TONAL EXERCISES - Shading and Basic Form Worksheet

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This A4 worksheet contains 4 different shading activities. Each tasks helps to develop students understanding of key terms and the use of tone, and puts this in to practice to help develop their overall level of skill and control. All instructions are on the worksheet, so this could stand alone as a cover lesson or task to be completed at home which students would be able to work on independently. This task would help to support units of work covering basic drawing skills, elements and principles or a still life project. Ideal for KS3, but could help older individual students develop drawing skills.
INSPIRED BY KANDINSKY: Kooky Kandinsky Cover Lesson
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INSPIRED BY KANDINSKY: Kooky Kandinsky Cover Lesson

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A cover lesson designed to be fully self explanatory with an accompanying PowerPoint and worksheets to support a range of students in creating their own piece of kooky art inspired by Kandinsky himself. Rather than produce a copy, students are introduced to the artist, his methods and ways of working before being asked to create their own compositions with these key ideas in mind. A step-by-step slide is included to guide and structure the activity and another showing example shapes and designs. 3 different worksheets are also included, one blank and two with shapes to get students started. Can be a self-contained activity or used as a larger project or scheme of work.
Native American Totem Poles with Drawing Activity
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Native American Totem Poles with Drawing Activity

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This is a double sided resource, made of two separate worksheets and designed to be printed A3 and laminated together. On the first there is a brief explanation of Native American Totem Poles, their purpose and symbolism and an activity designed to encourage students to consider the symbolism of animals and their own identity. The second sheet includes a variety of animals drawn, primarily in the Haida style, which is characteristically Native American in its appearance. There are suggestions for how more capable students might extend their work and shown more skill.
Peter Blake Inspired Pop Art Treasure Hunt
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Peter Blake Inspired Pop Art Treasure Hunt

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This activity introduces students to the ideas and themes of Pop Art, its origins in Britain and the artist Peter Blake. His well known pieces involving grids and pop culture icons and symbols are used as the inspiration for a Pop Art treasure hunt. This activity can be completed digitally in PowerPoint or Photoshop, or as a physically constructed collage.
Mark Making and Observational Drawing (Natural Form)
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Mark Making and Observational Drawing (Natural Form)

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This is a comprehensive resource comprising two activities designed to explore mark making and the use of materials before beginning observational drawings of natural forms. Included in the PowerPoint are aims, differentiated success criteria, key terms, questioning using blooms taxonomy, examples of work and templates ready to be printed and used. This resources would be suitable as the first few lessons (2-3) of a project based on drawing and natural forms and would work well for KS3 and KS4 students.
AQA GCSE ASSESSMENT MATRIX (2018) with Equivalent Grades
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AQA GCSE ASSESSMENT MATRIX (2018) with Equivalent Grades

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A colour coded version of AQA’s assessment matrix for GCSE Art & Design. This resource is easy to read and written using key terminology from the original document in a student friendly way. I have also included the equivalent grades (A*- U) in line with the 1-9 grading we now use. This is my estimation, however. A good resource to share with students. Files available both in JPEG and PDF format and in A4 dimensions.
Cultural Mask Drawing Activity
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Cultural Mask Drawing Activity

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This resources provides photographs of masks from a variety of different locations and cultures for students to draw from. This activity is designed to fit in to an existing scheme of work, perhaps on cultural objects and artefacts. Ideal as a cover task.
VINCENT VAN GOGH - Analysis and Mark Making Study
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VINCENT VAN GOGH - Analysis and Mark Making Study

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This PowerPoint is a single lesson and homework activity which supports analysis of Van Gogh’s still life painting of ‘Red Cabbages and Onions’. This would work well as part of a natural form project, with an emphasis on mark making. The painting itself is looked at in terms of the technique and colours used by the artist. The task involves a worksheet with a gridded study of the original painting and increasingly difficult questions to prompt students to analyse Van Gogh’s work and either discuss or write a response. This task is suitable for remote learning.
Art Vocabulary Handout
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Art Vocabulary Handout

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This resource provides key vocabulary to describe the qualities of each of the formal elements of art, including tone, colour, line, texture, shape, form, pattern, composition and mood. This can be used to assist students with their analysis of artwork. Almost 300 words in total with British spellings.
Artist Analysis Portrait Cards (inc. Template to Make Your Own)
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Artist Analysis Portrait Cards (inc. Template to Make Your Own)

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This resource is a set of 36 cards designed to be printed A4, folded in half and laminated to A5 size. Each one includes the same set of questions to support discussions about the image on the reverse. Each of the 36 cards includes a different famous portrait which range from ancient, medieval and renaissance images to modern day artists. All cards include basic information regarding artist, image and date created. Included with this set is a template, which shows the questions, but leaves space for you to include your own image. This resource is ideal for students studying portraiture and identity, in Key Stages 3, 4 and even 5. The questions vary in terms of difficulty so would suit students of a range of abilities.
Progressive Abstraction (Picasso)
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Progressive Abstraction (Picasso)

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This resources is aimed at KS4 and KS5 art students and explains how Picasso gradually abstracted an image or form, step-by-step in order to abstract and simplify it. The PowerPoint provides a drawing activity with examples and supporting worksheets. Would suit a project or scheme of work involving stylization, abstraction or even Cubism.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU - Tutor Group Induction Worksheet
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GETTING TO KNOW YOU - Tutor Group Induction Worksheet

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A good resources to help welcome a new tutor group in to your classroom and get to know them a little better. This worksheets asks students to fill in lot’s of information about themselves, which is useful at the start of the year. Ideal for new Year 7s or groups you are meeting for the first time.
COLOUR THEORY - Introduction to Key Terms with Painting Activities
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COLOUR THEORY - Introduction to Key Terms with Painting Activities

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This short unit of work introduces students to colour theory and key vocabulary. It should be used over a series of 2-3 lessons and includes 2 seperate worksheets for students to work on, alongside the PowerPoint. Originally designed as a painting resource, this could be adapted for use with a range of materials. This would work well as an introduction to a bigger scheme of work on the topic of colour.
ART CLASSROOM RULES - Including sketchbook and COVID specific guidance
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ART CLASSROOM RULES - Including sketchbook and COVID specific guidance

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This is a collection of the slides I use every year to introduce my students to the art classroom and my own expectations of them. There are up to 9 specific rules for the art classroom, each explained simply and with eye-catching colours and graphics. I have also included the COVID specific guidance I gave students in September 2020 regarding safe practices in the classroom. Included also is guidance on using a sketchbook in a personal way. This PowerPoint is easy to modify and adjust to your own specific needs and works well with both KS3 and KS4 students.
Colour Wheel with Meanings
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Colour Wheel with Meanings

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This is a single page resource created after I made a large scale version as a display in my classroom. It is a clear way to help students understand the meanings attributed and associated with different colours. This can be used for a variety of purposes, but I get students to collage the blank colour wheel in the centre. This could also be laminated and erasable white board markers used to write on to the blank areas of the colour wheel.
KS3 Glossary of Keywords
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KS3 Glossary of Keywords

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This resource contains 3 pre-filled worksheets with keywords that each year group needs to know by the end of their various projects. Keywords are listed and students write in the definitions in their own words. Blank templates are also provided to customize to your own projects and schemes of work.