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Tick the Art Box has a new name and an expanded focus to writing and literacy resources, in addition to Visual Arts. I create engaging, adaptable resources, focused on learners and learning, supporting the development of skills, confidence and creativity in students and teachers. My resources range from short activities to fully developed lesson plans and resource kits including formative and summative assessment options, and incorporating Learning Intentions and Success Criteria.

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Tick the Art Box has a new name and an expanded focus to writing and literacy resources, in addition to Visual Arts. I create engaging, adaptable resources, focused on learners and learning, supporting the development of skills, confidence and creativity in students and teachers. My resources range from short activities to fully developed lesson plans and resource kits including formative and summative assessment options, and incorporating Learning Intentions and Success Criteria.
Introduction to Haiku
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Introduction to Haiku

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This resource engages middle and upper primary and/or middle school or lower secondary grades with the Haiku form of poetry. The resource includes a Powerpoint Slideshow and a sequence of lesson activities, suggestions for engaging variations and challenges, a list of online resources and editable and adaptable assessment documents, based on a Learning Intention and Success Criteria. Cross-curricular links include Visual Arts, Media Arts and ICT
IMAGINE! Christmas Writing and Design Prompts.
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IMAGINE! Christmas Writing and Design Prompts.

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A versatile and engaging cross-curriculum Christmas resource to spark students imaginations! This resource comprises eight suggestions for a variety of imaginative and persuasive writing projects, each task offering an opportunity to incorporate an art and design element. Students will be able to work independently or collaboratively on the tasks. The prompts provide creative inspiration for every writer. Suggested texts include narrative, play or film scripts, news report, advertising (print and screen), comic strip, poetry, parody, menu, invitations and social media mock-ups. Choose a class task that supports your current literacy focus, (or series of task) or allow students to choose their own.
Compose and Illustrate a Five Senses Christmas Poem
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Compose and Illustrate a Five Senses Christmas Poem

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UPDATED RESOURCE! This resource introduces younger poets to figurative language devices (similes), and includes suggestions for extension and variations, so can be adapted for a range of grades, experience and abilities. Cross-curricular links include Visual Arts and Religious Education. Suggested thematic variations encourage students to consider the Christmas experience from other points of view, looking at Christmas in other countries and cultures, and also a social justice perspective. This resource is suitable for whole class instruction or can be assigned as individual or small group task. The Learning Sequence slideshows are included in two formats (.ppsx and .pdf), supported by scaffolding graphic organiser and card templates. For your assessment records, an editable class record, based on the Learning Intention and Success Criteria is included, as well as an editable task rubric, which can be adapted for your formative or summative assessment needs or student self or peer assessment. This resource engages students in real learning activities, rather than Christmas time-filling, The Five Senses poem format is adaptable to other topics, as outlined in the resource.
Editable Comic Strip Templates
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Editable Comic Strip Templates

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20 different arrangements for any comic strip, storyboard, planner or graphic organiser activity across the curriculum. These are fully editable PowerPoint slides, frames can be inserted, deleted, or resized as required. New shapes or elements such as arrows can be added. Students can edit slides to suit their projects. A 4x3 table is hidden under the slides, click on the outer edge for it to appear, to provide basic gridlines as a guide if necessary (gridlines are no longer included in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac).
Artist Study: PICASSO
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Artist Study: PICASSO

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Everything a time-poor teacher needs to introduce the great artistic innovator to students, inspiring creativity and confidence with students, while ticking all the planning and assessment boxes, maintaining and demonstrating curriculum and syllabus alignment. Each comprehensive and versatile lesson pack includes resources for the lesson, a detailed and fully editable lesson plan, including a Learning Intention and Success Criteria, as well as an editable rubric and assessment recording sheet for implementing and recording the formative and/or summative assessment of your choice. There are opportunities for differentiation and extension and suggested variations each art activity. The lessons will work as stand-alone lessons or as a unit of work.
Aligned Assessment
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Aligned Assessment

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This resource is designed as a visual aid to assist teachers to develop and deliver an effective and aligned assessment plan as part of their teaching program, which will encourage student growth. The main points of the teacher planning guide are: -Maintain Curriculum/Syllabus Alignment -Assessment FOR, AS and OF learning. (Formative and Summative) -Use Learning Intentions and Success Criteria -Encourage Self-and Peer Assessment -Feedback and Feed Forward. -Keep Records. Originally designed for Creative Arts programs, this resource is adaptable for programming across the curriculum. This resource is available in a value bundle. To develop an effective and manageable formative and summative assessment strategy, with assessment FOR, AS and OF learning, the ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING bundle provides a range resources for creative teachers to support their students and keep assessment records on track. Thank you for visiting Tick the Art Box.
Introduction to Picasso
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Introduction to Picasso

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"Introduction to Picasso" can be used as stand-alone lesson material or as part of a unit of work. The lesson contains ”Art Appreciation” and “Art Making” components and can be spread over more than one timetabled session. The lesson pack is a comprehensive resource for busy class teachers, casual relief (substitute) teachers, student teachers, homeschooling families, or out-of-school hours care programs. Included with this lesson pack are: -Learning Intention and Success Criteria. (Page 2) -Introduction to Picasso. Realist and Abstract Art. Video Clip ((Page 3) -Picasso Web Quest (Pages 4-11) -Realist and Cubist Still Life Task (Page 12) -Frames sheet, for the student artwork. (Page 13) -Notes and Suggestions (Page 14) -Credits and Terms of Use (Page 15) -Word Wall vocabulary cards in a separate PDF document. -A complete lesson plan as a Word document. (Fully editable and adaptable.) -An editable Class Assessment Record to record students working towards, achieving or proficient with the success criteria, for work sample grades and for student observations. -An editable graded rubric, specific to the Still Life activity, with space for written feedback. This rubric can be edited and adapted for either formative or summative assessment Now that the hard work is done, enjoy making some art with your students!
Elements of (Christmas) Art: Form and Value (Christmas-Themed Still Life)
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Elements of (Christmas) Art: Form and Value (Christmas-Themed Still Life)

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What’s different about this Christmas lesson? This lesson pack is a complete and comprehensive resource for busy class teachers, casual relief (substitute) teachers, student teachers, homeschooling families, or out-of-school-hours care programs. Not an end-of-year time-filler, but a meaningful Visual Arts lesson based on the Elements of Art, which contains ”Art Appreciation” and “Art Making” components and can be spread over more than one timetabled session. The hard work is done, relax and enjoy some art with your students! Included with this lesson pack are: -An editable and adaptable lesson plan as a Word document, with suggestions for lesson variations. -Link to Elements of Art video clip, with focus question for Form and Value. -Mathematics Meets Art (identifying geometric forms/3D shapes ( (Also as a separate printable PDF worksheet) -Examples of values shading in clip art, with focus questions. -Example of Value Scale and 3D shapes with range of Values -Value Shading Worksheet (Page 8) (Also included as separate printable PDF worksheet) -Link to mixing and painting with tints and shades video -Student Art Activity Task Page and enlargement of sample still life composition -An editable class assessment sheet (Word document), which maintains alignment with Curriculum and Syllabus links, and the Learning Intention and Success Criteria in the Lesson Plan, including space to record students working towards, achieving or proficient with the success criteria, for observations/notes on individual students. -An editable graded rubric for the Student Art Activity (Word Document) with space for written feedback. This may be adapted and grades removed, to use for formative rather than summative assessment
T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Guide for Students
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T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Guide for Students

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Originally designed for Visual Arts classes, the T.A.L.K. and L.E.A.R.N. process can be successfully adapted across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to use the lesson Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, to take ownership of their learning, to give meaningful feedback and feed forward and to treat each other with respect and kindness, fostering positive, healthy relationships. To encourage development of effective peer and self assessment skills, teachers should model the ‘TALK’ and ‘LEARN” approaches frequently with students. Teachers and students should also “mix it up” - students can TALK to themselves or LEARN with a peer.
T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Package
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T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Package

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All the elements of the T.A.L.K. and L.E.A.R.N. process can be successfully adapted across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to use the lesson Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, to take ownership of their learning, to give meaningful feedback and feed forward and to treat each other with respect and kindness, fostering positive, healthy relationships. To encourage development of effective peer and self assessment skills, teachers should model the ‘TALK’ and ‘LEARN” approaches frequently with students. Teachers and students should also “mix it up” - students can TALK to themselves or LEARN with a peer. or make use of a rubric.
T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Bookmark Mnemonics
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T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N. Peer and Self Assessment Bookmark Mnemonics

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Printables to support the T.A.L.K. and L.E.A.R.N. process of Peer and Self Assessment. Originally designed for Visual Arts classes, the T.A.L.K. and L.E.A.R.N. process can be successfully adapted across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to use the lesson Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, to take ownership of their learning, to give meaningful feedback and feed forward and to treat each other with respect and kindness, fostering positive, healthy relationships. To encourage development of effective peer and self assessment skills, teachers should model the ‘TALK’ and ‘LEARN” approaches frequently with students. Teachers and students should also “mix it up” - students can TALK to themselves or LEARN with a peer.
How to Write a Diamante Poem
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How to Write a Diamante Poem

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Including three new, original diamante poems (Copyright ©ThePenLicence 2018) this comprehensive resource takes students step by step through the form and structure of a diamante poem. This resource pack includes:- 'How to Write a Diamante Poem Slideshow, as a PowerPoint Slideshow (.ppsx) and also as PDF slides. This can be used for whole class display and instruction or for individuals or smalls groups to work at their own pace. The slideshow works for class stations or a flipped classroom resource. Lesson Activities and Terms of Use PDF with Learning Intention and Success Criteria , links to online resources, and introductory lesson activities followed by engaging and creative extensions, variations and challenges. Printable diamante scaffolds are included in A4, A5 and A6 sizes. An editable class assessment record sheet and an editable assessment rubric including the Learning Intention and Success Criteria. The rubric can be adapted for your formative and summative assessment requirements or for student self or peer assessment. The class assessment sheet is ideal for relief teachers as well as for class teacher tracking.
Shapes Drawing Challenge  (using  ICT)
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Shapes Drawing Challenge (using ICT)

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The Shapes Drawing Challenge is useful for developing and consolidating skills and concepts. The Shapes Drawing Challenge can be adapted for small or large groups, or individuals, depending on availability of technology. It makes an ideal “station” activity and can be completed individually or collaboratively. It can be differentiated with simpler or more difficult drawing items. While it was designed to use with Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, students can use any other similar programs or apps such as Google Slides or Google Draw
Elements of Art Vocabulary Word Wall Cards: FORM & SHAPE (with activities)
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Elements of Art Vocabulary Word Wall Cards: FORM & SHAPE (with activities)

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These Form and Shape Games and Activities are useful for developing and consolidating skills and concepts related to Form and Shape as Elements of Art. The activities can be used as a warm-up, brain breaks, or transition activities, or form the basis for an entire lesson or series of lessons. The Line Games and Activities can be adapted for small or large groups, or individuals. Some can be used as a “station” activity. The activities can be adapted and differentiated for various skill levels. Suggestions for varying or extending each activity are included.
Class Assessment Record (with Success Criteria)
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Class Assessment Record (with Success Criteria)

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Designed to assist busy teachers stay on top of ongoing assessment requirements, while maintaining and demonstrating curriculum and syllabus alignment and making the most effective use of their clear Learning Intentions and specific Success Criteria. There is a dedicated section for points to follow up in future lessons and for student observations. Developed for use in Primary Visual Arts (Creative Arts) lessons, this recording sheet is adaptable as a cross-curricular assessment monitoring resource, able to be filled out quickly ’on the go’ , providing more information at a glance than the standard gradebook format. Ongoing assessment information recorded is easily collated for reports or conferences. It is a useful resource for casual relief (substitute) teachers and student teachers, as well as class or subject teachers. This resource is available in a value bundle. To develop an effective and manageable formative and summative assessment strategy, with assessment FOR, AS and OF learning, the ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING bundle provides resources for creative teachers to support their students and keep assessment records on track. To view the class assessment record template adapted for specific lesson plans, please visit the Picasso Artist Study and Elements of Christmas Art"value bundles of lesson plans and supporting resources. Thank you for visiting Tick the Art Box.
Through Rose-Coloured Glasses (Picasso Artist Study)
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Through Rose-Coloured Glasses (Picasso Artist Study)

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"Through Rose-Coloured Glasses" can be used as stand-alone lesson material or as part of a unit (scheme) of work. The lesson contains ”Art Appreciation” and “Art Making” components and can be spread over more than one timetabled session. The lesson pack is a comprehensive resource for busy class teachers, casual relief (substitute) teachers, student teachers, homeschooling families, or out-of-school-hours care programs.  Included with this lesson pack are:  -Learning Intention and Success Criteria. (Page 2) -Picasso’s Rose Period Slide (Page 3) -Harlequin Hat Collage Task Slide (Page 4 of this PDF) -An outline of a Harlequin Hat (Page 5) -A diamond pattern sheet (Page 6). -Notes and Suggestions (Page 7) -Credits and Terms of Use (Page 8) -Word Wall vocabulary cards in a separate PDF document. -A complete lesson plan as a Word document. (Fully editable and adaptable.) -An editable Class Assessment Record to record students working towards, achieving or proficient with the success criteria, for work sample grades and student observations. -An editable graded rubric, specific to the “Harlequin’s Hat” activity, with space for written feedback. This rubric can be edited and adapted for either formative or summative assessments Now that the hard work is done, enjoy making some art with your students!
Get in Line with Picasso
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Get in Line with Picasso

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"Get in Line with Picasso" can be used as stand-alone lesson material or as part of a unit (scheme) of work. The lesson contains ”Art Appreciation” and “Art Making” components and can be spread over more than one timetabled session. The lesson pack is a comprehensive resource for busy class teachers, casual relief (substitute) teachers, student teachers, homeschooling families, or out-of-school-hours care programs.  Included with this lesson pack are:  -Learning Intention and Success Criteria. (Page 2) -Web Quest slides for this lesson (Pages 3-5) -“Get in Line with Picasso” Task Slide(Page 6) -Animal photographs as suggested models for line drawings (Pages 7-13). -Notes and Suggestions (Page 14) -Credits and Terms of Use (Page 15) -Line drawing card template (separate PDF) -Line Vocabulary Word Wall Cards (separate PDF) -A complete lesson plan as a Word document. (Fully editable and adaptable.) -An editable Class Assessment Record to record students working towards, achieving or proficient with the success criteria, for work sample grades and for student observations. Ideal for relief teachers. -An editable graded rubric, specific to the “Cubist Blues” activity, with space for written feedback. This rubric can be edited and adapted for either formative or summative assessment. Now that the hard work is done, enjoy making some art with your students!
Aim for Five Star Work: Student Self-Assessment Rubric Poster
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Aim for Five Star Work: Student Self-Assessment Rubric Poster

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Designed for use in Creative Arts (Visual Arts) , this poster encourages students to self-monitor their learning with attention to the Success Criteria and design requirements of their task, use of media and attention to detail, creative efforts, completion of tasks in a timely manner and general co-operation in the class setting. It can also be a useful resource to have on hand during a three-way conference (parent-student-teacher). Please spend some time ‘unpacking’ the rubric with your students to clarify your expectations and theirs. For example, your understanding of ‘Craftsmanship’, is probably different to the students’ initial understanding - usually ‘colouring in between the lines’. It may not mean keeping to the ‘lines’ at all - without artistic innovators we would have no Picasso! When are the ‘lines’ (rules) are important? Enjoy those conversations with your student artists! To further encourage your students to take ownership of their learning through self and peer assessment I recommend the T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N process T.A.L.K and L.E.A.R.N posters and printable mnemonic bookmarks are available as a value bundle. To develop an effective and manageable formative and summative assessment strategy, with assessment FOR, AS and OF learning, the ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING bundle provides resources for creative teachers to support their students and keep assessment records on track. Browse my TES shop for a growing range of resources. Thank you for visiting Tick the Art Box.
Word Wall Cards for the Seven Elements of Art
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Word Wall Cards for the Seven Elements of Art

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Visual Arts vocabulary display, promoting Literacy across the Curriculum. Eight cards for the seven elements of art. Both ‘Colour’ and ‘Color’ are included with Line, Shape, Value, Texture, Form and Space You may also like to use these free Printable and Editable (Blank) Word Wall Cards for your classroom displays and activities. These can be adapted as task cards or classroom labels. Additionally, comprehensive sets of cards for each of the Elements of Art are available as a value bundle Form and Shape and Line include a variety of art activities, challenges and games, easily differentiated, including ICT suggestions and movement games for active young art classes.
Clean and Clear Lesson Plan Template
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Clean and Clear Lesson Plan Template

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Completely editable and adaptable Lesson Plan Template in Word docx format, incorporating Learning Intention and Success Criteria. This is lesson plan template assists busy teachers to maintain and demonstrate curriculum and syllabus alignment, set clear learning goals and success criteria, include suitable differentiation and modifications for their students, keep track of required resources and quickly record lesson evaluation notes. The clean and clear style enables teachers to create comprehensive, detailed lesson plans or a simple “at a glance” lesson overview in a consistent format. It is a useful and effective resource for casual relief (substitute) teachers and student teachers, as well as class or subject teachers. To view the template in action for specific, detailed lesson plans, please visit the Picasso Artist Study and Elements of Christmas Art" value bundles of lesson plans and supporting resources, or browse my TES shop for a growing range of resources. Thank you for visiting Tick the Art Box.