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Typography
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Typography

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This is a fun introduction to typography. The PDF task sheet includes a link to an introduction to typography. The tasks include finding answers to some simple questions and then designing their own typeface inspired by the given themes. This could be set for a homework or used in a one hour lesson. Minimal equipment required.
Continuous Line Drawing
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Continuous Line Drawing

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This is a great one hour lesson or home learning task about continuous line drawing. The task sheet gives links to a video introduction as well as learning intentions, key terms and visual examples and extension tasks. The task sheet references the work of artist Alberto Giacometti to give some context and introduces students to his work and use of line.
Leading Lines
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Leading Lines

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This is a fun photography based lesson that focuses on the use of leading lines for effective composition. The task sheet includes links to videos explaining the concept of leading lines and gives visual examples and key terms. Students are asked to take a series of photographs using their phone or camera look for leading lines around the home to create interesting compositions. This could be set as homework or for approximately a one hour lesson.
Artists painting heroes
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Artists painting heroes

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This could be set as a one off task or homework or could be part of a unit of work on portraiture. The lesson looks at the recent popularity and celebration of Captain Tom Moore and how artists have paid tribute to him. Links to newspaper articles set the scene and create an opportunity to learn more. The task is to paint or draw a person who the student considers a hero. Suggestions support the task and a link is given to allow students to consider styles of portraiture and how they might approach the drawing.
The Formal Elements
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The Formal Elements

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This is a full project that will take around 10 weeks to complete (one hour per week) The project aims to introduce students the concept of the formal elements and works through a series of drawing tasks focusing on each element. The visual theme of the project centres around insects with links to artists who have created work inspired by insects. Each formal element is explained through a video link and a references an relevant artist.
David Hockney and his Ipad Art
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David Hockney and his Ipad Art

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A fun activity that introduces students to the work of David Hockney and allows children to paint their idea of spring digitally. The activity sheet includes helpful links to websites and suggestions for drawing apps. Children will need access to a drawing app on a tablet device. This could be set as a home learning task or done in the classroom.
Knowledge Organiser GCSE Art and Design
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Knowledge Organiser GCSE Art and Design

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A printable booklet that can be shared with GCSE Art and Design students. Contains help sheets about the course assessment criteria, tips about how to use different media, key terms and techniques as well as much more.
Painting with coffee
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Painting with coffee

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This is a single task with a You tube tutorial I made to demonstate how coffee can be used as an alternative to paint. This is great as a home learning task as it gives students the option to create a piece of art without the need for paints, using something they proably have at home. To video demos the drawing of a shell and tonal detail added with coffee.
Experimenting with View Finders
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Experimenting with View Finders

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This task could be set as homework, used in a one hour lesson or as part of a wider photography project. The task, asks students to work creatively with creating unusual and experimental view finders. Working from a number of prompts, students will creatively use framing to make great images. Lesson also includes a link to a YouTube video for inspiration or as a starting point.
Text and Image
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Text and Image

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This task could be used as part of an Art and Design project on the theme of portraiture or identity, or it could be used for Photography. The task would take one to two hours. The task begins by exploring the work of artists Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer. Students are asked to begin by researching their work further. After taking a series of portrait shots students are asked to explore adding text to their images in oder to tell us something more about the subject. Prompts are given to help students think about what they might want to include in their text. A link is included to help support students in the use of text paths in Photoshop.
Make a stained glass window
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Make a stained glass window

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I use this task as part of an on going project about Architecture. The task takes about 2 -3 lessons. The slides include step by step instructions on how to create a stained glass window, using card and tissue paper. There are some visual examples and a you tube video about how stained glass windows are made. Also, some suggested extention tasks at the end. Materials required, balck card, tissue paper, glue, craft knives and cutting boards. Aimed at KS3 or a short task for KS4.