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Art & Design teaching resources which will hopefully give you a bit more time in your teaching day. I always try and make meaningful links with the work of a variety of artists and makers from different eras. Check out my website for freebies and more resources... www.felt-tip-pen.com

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Art & Design teaching resources which will hopefully give you a bit more time in your teaching day. I always try and make meaningful links with the work of a variety of artists and makers from different eras. Check out my website for freebies and more resources... www.felt-tip-pen.com
EVENT GCSE Art - theme mind-map interactive artist links
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EVENT GCSE Art - theme mind-map interactive artist links

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This mind-map on the theme of EVENT provides links to over 40 artists from varied times and places. Organised with sub-themes, this resource is a great was of supporting students individual investigations and introducing them to diverse approaches to the theme. You can print as an A3 poster or an A4 handout, or use the pdf document on screen so that the artists names hyperlink to relevant websites to develop research further. You may also be interested in this ‘week by week’ art exam handout.
A level Art student tips infographic / bookmark
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A level Art student tips infographic / bookmark

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Guidance for KS5 students in an easy to access format on annotation, vocabulary and assessment objectives. Print 2 pages back to back for a quick reference getting students to take responsibility for doing the right thing!
Artist research template - handout/poster
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Artist research template - handout/poster

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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!
GCSE Art and Design project checklist: printable handout
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GCSE Art and Design project checklist: printable handout

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A handout printable at A4 or A3 with a checklist for GCSE art students to self assess their project. The second page (you can print these back to back) includes the assessment objective headings and the description of a grade 8 to further support self-assessment. Students are asked to consider strengths and weaknesses and to come up with three initial targets. Ideal for mid-point or interim assessment tool, and a document students can revisit to monitor their own progress. Excellent for encouraging independence and support students to take responsibility for their own development. The resource works well with this vocabulary handout and this guide to annotation. New for 2020: EVENT theme mind map is available here and a bundle of mind maps on 7 themes including CROWDS, EXPRESSION, CONCEALMENT, PAPER and more is available here*
Felt making instructions and worksheet
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Felt making instructions and worksheet

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Resources to support felt making in the classroom. There is an instruction sheet and a information sheet on felt making craft traditions around the world with a corresponding sheet with comprehension questions for students. Felt making is a brilliant textile craft to bring into lessons as it is very tactile and a ‘magic’ process whereby the materials transform as you work them. Resources needed for felt making are listed, and it should be possible to create a small sample piece over two lessons (one dry lesson, where the piece is created, and one wet lesson where it is felted). Originally created for a year 9 group, this could be used with GCSE students as a workshop too.
Artist research planning handout / poster / template
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Artist research planning handout / poster / template

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A printable worksheet to support students in improving artist research. This resource prompts all the areas of research and provides questions to sparks ideas. Page one is a worksheet which can be filled in with information about the chosen artist being researched. Page two provides additional support in the form of 20 analysis questions plus advice about writing meaningfully about artworks. A great resource for improving the quality of artist research pages! Use as a draft to gather information and then transfer into sketchbooks or mounted pages in a creative way. This two-page PDF gives students guidance and inspiration to produce excellent artist research pages. Primary targets are KS4, but can be used equally with KS3 and KS5. Printable at A3 and A4 size - stick them up as display for constant reference or photocopy for sketchbooks or focused research lesson.
Art & Design artist research steps infographic - poster, handout or bookmark
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Art & Design artist research steps infographic - poster, handout or bookmark

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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.
Art & Design exam advice - week by week
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Art & Design exam advice - week by week

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This is a one-page handout designed for GCSE Art and Design students to support them in pacing themselves through the preparation period for their exam. The sheet gives week by week advice on what they should be doing in order to arrive at the exam day ready! Students can use the sheet to support independent study and to tick off as they complete tasks. It is also a useful way of communicating the expected progress students should be making to parents… This sheet could also be easily adapted for A level students if needed. A quick an easy sheet to photocopy and pop in sketchbooks to get young artists off to an enthusiastic start with their exam. I have uploaded a Word version so you can edit it (this one is for AQA exam board and mentions in week 1 that students should choose their question) or the more ‘designed’ version which is a PDF (printable as an A3 poster).
Art Annotation Advice for Students
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Art Annotation Advice for Students

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Want to improve your Art students’ annotation skills?! A one page handout to support students in producing high quality annotation in their Art and Design work. Guidance for writing about their own work, as well as the work of other artists. Easy to follow, the sheet gives hints and tips to advise students on annotation so they get it right. The sheet has been designed with GCSE and A level students in mind, but could also be used with more independent-minded KS3 students. Printable at either A3 as a poster, or A4 as a handout.
Ernst Haeckel artist research and analysis worksheet
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Ernst Haeckel artist research and analysis worksheet

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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!
GCSE Art & Design sketchbook example
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GCSE Art & Design sketchbook example

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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.
A level Art exam student guide booklet
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A level Art exam student guide booklet

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4 pages to kick the exam off in the right way: set expectations and focus on students’ own responsibility for planning their project from the outset. Pages on: timeline, assessment objectives and evaluation, which can be supplemented with your own sheets if desired, and photocopied into a booklet to handout. Two versions are included: one for AQA A level assessment, one for Edexcel A level assessment. You may also be interested in this quick reference student-speak Assessment Objectives bookmark for KS5. Set the right tone from the start!
Beginning and / or End project planning booklet
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Beginning and / or End project planning booklet

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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.
Wassily Kandinsky artist research and analysis worksheet
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Wassily Kandinsky artist research and analysis worksheet

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A three page printable worksheet resource on Wassily Kandinsky. Can be used as a cover lesson during a relevant project (Abstraction, Expressionism, colour, landscape…), an extension activity, or as a whole class task. Students are asked to read the information about the artist then answer questions then create their own abstracted landscape from the source images. Also included are 4 landscape images printed very lightly that students can work on top of, if a differentiated activity is required. Designed to be easy to deploy and requires no specialist materials or knowledge. A fantastic resource to have on hand and relevant to many projects!
William Morris artist research & analysis worksheet
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William Morris artist research & analysis worksheet

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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!
Colour Wheel lesson
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Colour Wheel lesson

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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.
Ndebele craft activity: mini house
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Ndebele craft activity: mini house

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Make a personalised mini home from a reused carton or box (like the ones tea comes in). Take inspiration from Ndebele art from sothern Africa to create bright and colourful designs. A great one-off lesson or can be developed into a longer project: see my unit of work with 12 lessons (fully resources with Powerpoint presentations and worksheets in my TES shop - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ndebele-modroc-houses-colour-and-geometry-3d-painting-scheme-of-work-11415036) A project which kids love!
Final piece poster: Art & design * GCSE & A level * classroom display
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Final piece poster: Art & design * GCSE & A level * classroom display

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Free poster to download and print at A3 or A4 size: ‘Your Final Piece’. A quick reference to encourage students to create work to conclude their project that is relevant, high quality and represents their best work. Great to get you classroom ready for the exam season! Other resources you might find useful to support students to understand expectations, produce high quality annotation and work independently: Art vocabulary poster Annotation Guide Artist research planning template What makes good artist research poster Evaluation questions