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

Out of the Boxx ideas for modern art teachers - Ideas and resources to help inspire your lessons and your students.
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.
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 file sizes are included: Large: 84 cm x 47.1 cm Medium: 59.4 cm x 33.3 cm Small: 42cm x 23.5 cm
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.
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.
Michael Craig Martin Line Drawing Project
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Michael Craig Martin Line Drawing Project

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This resource has been designed to cover several lessons and is a follow up to the Analysis resource currently available. The activities look at still life as a form of self identity and what objects say about us. Students are guided to take photos, and make studies from their own belongings and use these to create a response to the work of Michael Craig Martin. Several outcome options are given as well as extension activities for the more able or keener art student.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pop Art Clock Activity
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Pop Art Clock Activity

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An activity that asks 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 within 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.
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.
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.
Initial Ideas Mind Map
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Initial Ideas Mind Map

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This resource helps support students in exploring their initial ideas about a project or theme as they begin an art project. This would work well for GCSE and A-Level students at the start of a unit of work, in particular an exam unit.
Creative Block
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Creative Block

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Stuck for ideas, or unsure how to develop a personal response? This large scale poster, measuring 110 cm tall x 50 cm wide is a useful addition to any classroom. Action words are listed to give a quick burst of inspiration, and aid experimentation with design, process, material and technique. QR codes are displayed on the poster also for students to scan, and which link them to a Pinterest board full of ideas and inspiration.
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.
Mark Making Peppers (Natural Form)
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Mark Making Peppers (Natural Form)

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This resources is suitable for KS3 and GCSE students working on the themes of drawing, mark making or natural forms. This can work as the main activity for a lesson, or as a cover activity. The resource includes a worksheets with small images of peppers and space to draw on as well as 9 seperate high quality images of peppers for you to use. The focus is on using a collection of different marks to create tone and contrast to render the form of a pepper from a photograph.