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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
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*
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!
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!
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.
Mind-mapping student guide
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Mind-mapping student guide

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A guide to mind-mapping for art students. Presented as a mind-map (naturally!) it is intended to be something that students might have to hand whilst working on this task, and refer to as they progress. The PDF download is printable at A3 or A4, so could be used as a poster or handout for the class. Also provided are some student examples for discussion and inspiration.
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!
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.
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
Keith Haring artist research & analysis worksheet
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Keith Haring artist research & analysis worksheet

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A four-page PDF resource (can be photocopied back to back and laminated for repeated use) on the artist Keith Haring. Can be used as a cover lesson during a relevant project (Pop Art, human figure, shape, movement, graffiti …), an extension activity, independent study, or as a whole class task. Students are asked to read the information about the artist and answer questions, then create pop-up card inspired by Haring’s work. Included are image source sheets and instructions to guide students through the process. Also included are idea to develop into further investigation. The lesson requires minimal materials (thick paper or card, pens, scissors and glue) and can be carried-out in a non-specialist classroom. A great introduction to an important 20th century artist whose work is inspiring and engaging for young people.
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.
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 and Design Assessment Objectives Poster for dispay or handout
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GCSE Art and Design Assessment Objectives Poster for dispay or handout

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An A3 pdf poster for artroom display to support students' understanding of the Assessment Objectives. This version uses the 'old specification' wording for this years' GCSE (year 11) students - a 'new spec' version is also available for year 10s. The poster aims to keep it simple and provides short 'student speak' explanations of what each assessment objective is looking for. The idea of the poster is to present the process of the project from the perspective of an explorer: developing ideas (using a compass to set a course for the investigation), refining skills with appropriate tools (penknife illustration), recording ideas by observing carefully (binoculars) and documenting, and finally shining a light on the culmination of the adventure! A timely piece of classroom display to remind students what they need for both coursework and exam projects. The pdf can be printed at A3 size or reduced down to A4.
GCSE Art and Design infographic - assessment objectives
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GCSE Art and Design infographic - assessment objectives

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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.
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.
Natural forms clay texture lesson with artist links to Peter Randall Page
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Natural forms clay texture lesson with artist links to Peter Randall Page

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This is a workshop lesson with starter and plenary activities for students to explore textures in natural forms, looking at the work of Peter Randall Page and with links to Kate Malone and Ernst Haeckel. The session was designed for a GCSE class in preparation for an exam project but could be used for KS3 or KS5. Great for developing skills and getting students enthusiastic about working in clay.
Abstraction lesson with home learning artist research task
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Abstraction lesson with home learning artist research task

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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!
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.
Evaluation example - GCSE art sketchbook
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Evaluation example - GCSE art sketchbook

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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.