William Morris artist research & analysis worksheet

William Morris artist research & analysis worksheet

A four page resource (can be photocopied back to back and laminated for repeated use) on the artist and designer William Morris. The first two sheets are based on Morris' work and the last two are botanical watercolours to be used as source material for students own designs. Can be used as a cover lesson during a relevant project (natural forms, flora, textile or wallpaper designs, repeat pattern...), an extension activity, or as a whole class task. Students are asked to read the information about the artist then answer questions, then show their visual understanding through a Morris-inspired design of their own. A fantastic resource to have on hand and relevant to so many projects!
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GCSE Art and Design infographic - assessment objectives

GCSE Art and Design infographic - assessment objectives

A student friendly infographic to guide students through producing an exam or coursework project that meets the assessment objective criteria. A pdf file which can be printed as a bookmark or larger for display in the classroom. A successful way to break down the GCSE assessment objectives for students and get them taking responsibility for making sure their project covers all aspects.
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Art project evaluation poster for display or handout

Art project evaluation poster for display or handout

An A4 PDF file with key questions for student evaluations. Presented in an accessible and engaging way, this is a handy reminder to art students of the areas they should cover in a meaningful project evaluation. Tried and tested - I have found students respond very well and think carefully about their answers which has a positive impact on the next project!
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Beginning and / or End GCSE Art

Beginning and / or End GCSE Art

Want some extra resources to support your students in the ESA? Great student-speak sheets to help ensure that you get them motivated and that they have the tools they need to work independently.
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Beginning and/or End - theme mind-map interactive with artist links

Beginning and/or End - theme mind-map interactive with artist links

This A3 PDF page is an interactive mind-map designed to be a starting point for students' exploration of the theme. I have used some of the key words from the ESA paper as a starting point. Click on the artist names to link to examples of relevant work on the internet. This is a fun way to get students exploring a wide range of artists and designers from different time periods, working in different media...
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William Morris artist research & analysis worksheet

William Morris artist research & analysis worksheet

A four page resource (can be photocopied back to back and laminated for repeated use) on the artist and designer William Morris. The first two sheets are based on Morris' work and the last two are botanical watercolours to be used as source material for students own designs. Can be used as a cover lesson during a relevant project (natural forms, flora, textile or wallpaper designs, repeat pattern...), an extension activity, or as a whole class task. Students are asked to read the information about the artist then answer questions, then show their visual understanding through a Morris-inspired design of their own. A fantastic resource to have on hand and relevant to so many projects!
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LGBT history month artist research lesson: February

LGBT history month artist research lesson: February

A two-lesson mini scheme to celebrate LGBT history month: a research lesson on one of 10 artists, followed by a lesson to present and give feedback. The structure of the lesson is quite straight forward and resources are provided (ppt to go through the lesson tasks and handout sheets on the 10 artists). Computers will be needed and a projector/interactive whiteboard for the student presentations back the class. Students work in groups of about 3 for this task. Timings can be adapted to suit the length of your lessons, and the project could be extended to involve students making their own practical response to their artist. Students learn about a rich variety of LGBT artists through the research and presentations, as well as developing artist research and group work skills. A lesson that puts the emphasis on the students: researching, presenting and then giving peer feedback. Plus handouts on the artists can be used as posters for classroom display!
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Michael Landy artist research and analysis worksheet

Michael Landy artist research and analysis worksheet

A four page resource (can be photocopied back to back and laminated for repeated use) on Michael Landy's series 'Nourishment'. The first two sheets are based on Landy's work - painstaking drawings of weeds which were turned into etchings - and the last two are photographs of plants to be used as source material for students own designs. Can be used as a cover lesson during a relevant project (natural forms, flora, society, fragility, printmaking...), an extension activity, or as a whole class task. Students are asked to read the information about the artworks then answer questions, then show their visual understanding through a high quality observed drawing of a plant (ideally students would work from actual uprooted weeds in the lesson, but source images are provided if this is not possible). This resource also has a cross-curricular relevance and could be used as a different approach to citizenship as the weeds Landy's Nourishment series can be seen as representing the overlooked or marginalised in society. A fantastic resource to have on hand which provokes interesting discussions and students find inspiring!
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GCSE Art and Design infographic - assessment objectives

GCSE Art and Design infographic - assessment objectives

A student friendly infographic to guide students through producing an exam or coursework project that meets the assessment objective criteria. A pdf file which can be printed as a bookmark or larger for display in the classroom. A successful way to break down the GCSE assessment objectives for students and get them taking responsibility for making sure their project covers all aspects.
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Printmaking bundle

Printmaking bundle

A package of printmaking resources - 'how to' sheets on collography and monoprinting and a lesson powerpoint for potato printing christmas wrapping paper (one version for using printing ink and rollers and another version for using paint and brushes). Great resources to get you started on printmaking in the classroom!
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Introductory lesson to Art - KS3

Introductory lesson to Art - KS3

A really useful introductory lesson to Art (for year 7s or other KS3 classes). With key information about equipment, expectations and then a simple drawing task to assess skills and set a tone for focus in Art lessons. During the 45 minute drawing task you are able to move around the classroom as students are working in silence (more or less!) and get to know the strengths and weaknesses of students. Although it creates a bit of work, I always like to write a comment for each student after this lesson, so they see that you take their efforts seriously. There is a little plenary where students annotate their own work. A simple, but very useful and enjoyable lesson!
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Contemporary Art Christmas Tree Design & Maquette - group work

Contemporary Art Christmas Tree Design & Maquette - group work

This is a fun and unusual one-off Christmas lesson. Using contemporary artists' designs for the Tate Gallery's annual Christmas Tree commission as the starting point for discussion, students go on to design their own Christmas Tree maquettes in groups. At the end of the lesson, these are displayed and the class has a secret ballot to choose a winner (you may want to provide a seasonal prize!). The lesson goes through several examples (artists include Yinka Shonibare, Micheal Landy, Bob and Roberta Smith) and gives pointers for discussion and then provides the step-by-step guide on making the small models for each group. You do not need lots of resources: pencils, paper, tape and scissors are fine, though some coloured pencils and extra coloured paper etc could come in handy if available. There are two slides to photocopy from the powerpoint: the tree templates (photocopy on light card if possible) and the secret ballot papers. This would be great for a fun end of term lesson in Art, but could be relevant to PSHE or used in extended tutor time too. The presentation encourages discussion on what Christmas is about and looks at consumerism and spiritual ideas. There is a slide with pointers on working well in a group and the opportunity could be taken to develop debating skills or speaking publicly.
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How to make a collograph

How to make a collograph

One page worksheet with background on the printing method and then instructions on how to create a collograph. Good for student reference in a practical session. Could be used at Key Stage 3, 4 or 5 in a workshop or to help students who are looking into this process for independent work.
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Artist research template - handout/poster

Artist research template - handout/poster

Want to improve the quality of your students artist research? This PDF poster aims to guide students guidance and inspiration to produce excellent artist research pages. Primary targets are KS4, but can be used equally with KS3 and KS5. Two versions are included: A3 and A4 printables - stick them up as display for constant reference or photocopy for sketchbooks or focused research lesson. Soon enough they'll be in the habit of producing great research!
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Ernst Haeckel artist research and analysis worksheet

Ernst Haeckel artist research and analysis worksheet

A two page resource (can be photocopied back to back and laminated for repeated use) on the German scientist and artist Ernst Haeckel. Can be used as a cover lesson during a relevant project (science in art, natural forms, zooming-in, symmetry, abstraction...), an extension activity, or as a whole class task. Students are asked to read the information about the artist then answer questions, create a mind-map of their ideas of what Haeckel's forms remind them of, then create their own response based on his 'Art Forms in Nature' prints. Designed to be easy to deploy and requires no additional resources. A fantastic resource to have on hand and relevant to so many projects!
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Colour Word Search - lesson starter, plenary, cover, literacy task, homework, extension wordsearch

Colour Word Search - lesson starter, plenary, cover, literacy task, homework, extension wordsearch

A fun art 'colour' word search PDF with more unusual names of colours to find - azure, chartreuse, coral, crimson etc.). These print well at A5 (two to an A4 sheet) so are an economical, fun way to embed student learning on literacy, extending vocabulary on any colour-related scheme of work. Quotes from Joseph Albers, Sonia Delaunay and Georges Braque also encourage critical thinking on colour.
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Printmaking workshop - monoprinting and polyblock printing

Printmaking workshop - monoprinting and polyblock printing

Originally designed to accompany a workshop to introduce Primary teachers to some quick and easy printmaking techniques, this sheet summarises the 'how to' and gives instructions for materials and well as variations on approaches to both monoprinting and polyblock printing. A good starting point for teachers new to these techniques, or used as a handout to accompany a printing workshop for students, this 2 page resources covers the basics as well as giving some useful weblinks for further investigation. I have uploaded both Word and PDF versions of the same sheet as sometimes the formatting on Word can go a bit wonky!
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Beginning and / or End ESA project planning booklet

Beginning and / or End ESA project planning booklet

This page can be printed at A3 size then folded down into a small booklet which gives page by page instructions for an exam project on the Beginning and/or End theme. The sheet is designed for students who struggle to work completely independently and need more guidance on how to structure their project. The theme is narrowed to Seasons and then Spring and then takes natural forms such as flowers and seedpods as the focus. This enables students to produce high quality observational drawing and photography. Two artists researches are specified: Angie Lewin and Beatriz Milhazes with a choice of the third (suggestions are given: William Morris, Margaret Mee, Catherine Bertola and Karl Blossfeldt). Students are instructed to work in a range of media and then need to develop their own outcome from their investigations. If they have followed the steps they will end up with a coherent project, covering all of the assessment objectives. I have found that students like the balance of independence and structure that the book gives them and helps avoid wasted time where they are looking at random ideas without a strong thread. Instructions for folding the zine from the printed page are also given. Perfect support for the Edexcel ESA theme!
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Art & Design artist research steps infographic - poster, handout or bookmark

Art & Design artist research steps infographic - poster, handout or bookmark

An infographic designed as a reminder to students (KS3, 4 or5) about how to put together artist research to support their practical project. Six simple steps with short explanations which can be used as a checklist. You can print as a bookmark to pop into sketchbooks or display in the classroom. There are two versions - one with a Mondrian quote at the bottom, the other without - your choice.
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Christmas potato printing wrapping paper using paint and brushes

Christmas potato printing wrapping paper using paint and brushes

Christmas season one-off lesson where students create their own repeat pattern wallpaper using potato printing. This version has instructions using water-based paints (acrylic gives a good opaque colour, but you can use poster paint too) and paint brushes, rather than printing ink and rollers (there is another version of this resource in my shop with instructions for this kind of printing). A fun lesson with good cross-curricular links to design and technology and maths (repeat patterns, rotation). The lesson requires some largish paper to print the wrapping paper - you can use what you have for this... brown craft paper works well; newsprint is cheap and good; sugar paper tends to be a bit thick but has the added benefit of colour and can look good in a display; tissue paper also works but can tear more easily. Although this is a practical lesson, mess is kept to a minimum by using paper plates as palettes which can be thrown away after use. A good tip is to have some cheap wet wipes to help speed up the clean up at the end. If you want to simplify things (perhaps for younger students) you can prepare potato stamps in advance to avoid having students cutting them in the lesson.
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