Evaluation example - GCSE art sketchbook

Evaluation example - GCSE art sketchbook

Two powerpoint slides with an example of a GCSE student's evaluation of an exam project. Useful to give students an idea of what to include and a simple format to summarise key parts of the project and evaluate.
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GCSE Art & Design sketchbook example

GCSE Art & Design sketchbook example

Photographs of an A grade GCSE Art & Design sketchbook put together in a Powerpoint presentation. Students find it useful as an exemplar and can be used to refer to specific pages at different moments in a project (e.g. mind mapping, planning, recording, evaluating...). I chose this book as it is quite a clear example and not too long. It is not a perfect sketchbook, but shows an achievable standard and some interesting ideas.
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International Women's Day artists quotes poster / display

International Women's Day artists quotes poster / display

An A3 printable poster celebrating women artists for International Women's Day 2017. Thought-provoking and inspiring quotes from seven women artists: Bridget Riley, Shirin Neshat, Vanessa Bell, Kara Walker, Frida Kahlo, Eva Hesse, Paula Modersohn-Becker. I've also produced an IWD women artists word search: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/international-women-s-day-artist-word-search-11525006 And you can check out my artist research and analysis worksheet bundle on three women artists here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/women-artists-worksheets-11519299
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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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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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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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Heart themed valentines art lesson with Jim Dine link

Heart themed valentines art lesson with Jim Dine link

Create fantastic tissue paper 'stained glass' hearts with your class in a fun valentine's lesson. The work is completed across two lessons (with time for the glue to dry in between) and is linked to the artwork of Jim Dine. These colourful artworks are foolproof and fun to make, and the materials are inexpensive. The powerpoint provides full step-by-step instructions and worksheets for artwork analysis and self evaluation too.
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GCSE art and design: what makes a great project poster for display or handout

GCSE art and design: what makes a great project poster for display or handout

This poster can be printed A3 or A4 sized for display in the classroom or for handing out for students. A helpful reminder of the elements needed to put together a successful project for GCSE students. Although not expressed in terms of the assessment objectives (for a change!), the elements correspond to the requirements of the exam board specifications, and present the information in a new and accessible way.
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Colour Wheel lesson

Colour Wheel lesson

A colour wheel lesson which has the theory with examples and instructions for a practical task (creating a colour wheel with coloured pencil and oil pastels). This is a great straight forward lesson to cover the basics of colour theory with your art and design classes. A template for the colour wheel is included (students can trace this through into their books). Monet is the contextual link and examples are given of how colour theory is applied in his work. A plenary looks at how packaging design uses complimentary colours too.
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Abstraction lesson with home learning artist research task

Abstraction lesson with home learning artist research task

This lesson was designed for a year 9 class to introduce the concept of Abstraction. There is an introduction with background and definition and then two artists looked at in more detail: Piet Mondrian and Beatriz Milhazes. There are opportunities for discussion of ideas throughout and students are asked key questions. The presentation finishes by setting a homework task where students research one of the artists and present a page in their sketchbooks. There is a template provided to guide students in producing high quality artist research and two student examples. (slides 29 to 34 can be printed as a '6 slide to a page handout' and photocopied for students to follow) There is a short quiz mid way through the presentation - and a slide at the end which can be printed as a differentiated version of the quiz for individual students. Also at the end is a page of links to helpful web resources which support the lesson. There is a link to a 5 minute video on Milhazes in the presentation which provided interesting context. I have found that this lesson is unusually wordy but that students respond very well to the concepts and seem to really enjoy looking at these artists in more detail - I have received some excellent homework from this lesson!
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Pecha Kucha instructions for A level artists group critique

Pecha Kucha instructions for A level artists group critique

A level art and design students have found the Pecha Kucha format a useful way to get edit their ideas and thoughts ready for peer critique sessions. They have developed skills in speaking about their work as well as found the process of selecting and combining images helpful. This presentation introduces the format with a little background, instructions on putting together the powerpoint and then provides an exemplar.
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Perspective in Art History

Perspective in Art History

This presentation takes you through a range of examples of how perspective systems have been used in Art from pre-Renaissance to Cubism and gives short accompanying texts to explain the developments. Originally devised for a year 9 class, this presentation has been useful in giving context to KS4 and 5 classes developing drawing and painting skills and also as a way of introducing Cubism in a meaningful way. With a good range of images to illustrate different forms of perspective, the presentation is useful for generating discussion and improving art historical understanding.
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Outside, inside, in between theme presentation

Outside, inside, in between theme presentation

An introductory presentation on the theme of Outside, Inside, In between with a range of interesting artist links some introductory ideas and activities to discuss. Focussed on the two ideas of windows and clothing in relation to the theme, this presentation is a jumping off point for students to initiate their own investigations in different ways. Designed for A level students.
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Photogram workshop presentation

Photogram workshop presentation

Aimed at KS4 and 5, this presentation is designed to accompany a photogram workshop giving artist links and information, simple instructions, weblinks for further research and potential techniques to develop and explore such as scanography, cyanotypes, silhouettes... Artist links include Anna Atkins, Man Ray, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Jenny Saville, Paul Morrison, Susan Derges. A really useful structure for the setting up of a practical workshop with guidance for students on writing-up and then developing their ideas through further techniques.
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