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Out of the Boxx ideas for art teachers - Resources to help inspire your lessons and your students.

Out of the Boxx ideas for art teachers - Resources to help inspire your lessons and your students.
Frida Kahlo - Identity and Self-Portraits
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Frida Kahlo - Identity and Self-Portraits

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This lesson guides students through the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo with a focus on context, subject matter and symbolism. Two portraits are looked at in detail and aspects of the artist’s own personal life used to give wider context. There is a link to a YouTube video and worksheet included. This is intended to be a taught lesson with a follow up homework in which students respond to what they have learnt by creating an artist research page with study and written analysis.
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.
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.
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.
Artist Analysis: How do Artists get their Ideas? (Matisse, Picasso, Gabo, African Masks)
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Artist Analysis: How do Artists get their Ideas? (Matisse, Picasso, Gabo, African Masks)

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This resource explores how the artists Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Naum Gabo were inspired by the masks and sculptures of Western Africa. The youtube video included (link below) was not created by me, but supports this PowerPoint and the discussion points it contains. Students are encouraged to comment on visual similarities and differences and make reasoned judgements as to how each artist was inspired. The worksheet provided encourages note taking, which can then be used to produce a page of visual research in to the topic. This resource can also be used as a contextual task which is part of a larger Cubism scheme of work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9RrO0dtu5M
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.
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 Colour Theory with Painting Activities
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Introduction to Colour Theory 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.
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.
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.
POP ART - Logos and Brands Clock Drawing Activity
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POP ART - Logos and Brands Clock Drawing Activity

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An activity that supports students to consider the products and services they use everyday and record in a creative way. This is a good resources to illustrate the idea of mass-production and consumerism as integral themes to Pop Art whilst making it all about the individual student and their daily experience. An A3 sheet of example logos is included to help support the activity. This task is suitable for remote learning.
Positive/Negative Collaged Mask Activity
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Positive/Negative Collaged Mask Activity

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This activity explores the principles of positive and negative space using the technique of collage to create a simple mask deign, inspired by the shapes of artefacts found in some African cultures. Included is a step-by-step guide as to how to construct an image and a worksheet of simple black and white drawn examples to help give students ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THINK & LINK VISUAL ANALYSIS: Detailed Guide to Support Artist Analysis - Poster
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THINK & LINK VISUAL ANALYSIS: Detailed Guide to Support Artist Analysis - Poster

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This hugely detailed resource is a large scale poster that supports students with their artist analysis. Questions and sentences starters are used at every stop to encourage students to think deeply about what they are looking at, the context in which it was made and the elements and principles involved in its creation. Students are guided to describe, interpret, analyze and judge the work and then link this to their own practice and development of their ideas and intentions. This would best support students at KS4 and KS5. I have had this as a large display in my classroom, where it has been used constantly. Three JPG file sizes are included as well as a PDF version: Large: 84 cm x 47.1 cm Medium: 59.4 cm x 33.3 cm Small: 42cm x 23.5 cm
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.
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.