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Drawing Trial Starting September 2018

July 11, 2018

It has taken many years to organise and to develop a way to help Year 4 teachers to teach drawing. I am so proud to announce that a small trial will take place in September to test the 'Teach Your Class To Draw' programme which is a series of lessons [...read more]

The Beauty of Everyday Objects.

March 4, 2018

Everyday objects can be surprisingly beautiful and a great way for children to connect to art. In The Classroom Most primary schools will teach art in the classroom, and this can sometimes be restricting as all the other lessons are taught there. Space is tight and finding places to house art equipment [...read more]

End of term activity art game: Words Together Game

February 5, 2018

  Words Together Game Try this game at the end of term with your class for a bit of fun in Art lessons. Show your class the above images and get them to guess what word the two images make. Once they have guessed the four words you could give show them the above [...read more]

Teach Your Class to Draw.

January 29, 2018

Teaching pupils at Year 4. Teaching pupils at Year 4how to draw is really important because it is at this age that pupils begin to want to draw realistically. Before this stage in their development they use the Symbol System to draw, which is using symbols from memory to represent people, [...read more]

Teach Your Class To Draw:Growth Mindset

November 4, 2017

Smiley Face For the last 3 years my Year 4, 5, and 6 pupils have successfully marked all work with a Smiley Face following the above chart. They do not cross any work out and by the end of year 4 after gentle but consistent persuasion to resist altering the faces [...read more]

Snow Dog Christmas Card lesson

November 4, 2017

This was a twist on the Christmas Card snowman/animal lesson I did for Year 3 in previous post. The same lesson content as before but rather than the children drawing a snowman or snow animal we read the Snowman and snow dog. Looked at the video (such a treat) and then I gave [...read more]

Beautiful Yr3 Christmas painting lesson

November 4, 2017

  This is a great lesson for Year 3 as it enables them to paint, collage and experiment in a 1 hour lesson. First part of the lesson Watercolour techniques: Taking Out using cotton buds, A Wash using blue and water. Using watercolours not ready mix paint. Pupils make a dark blue wash and [...read more]

Step-by-step drawing books can be really good for independent learning.

October 29, 2017

For many years I didn't use Step-by-step drawing books with pupils as I always had enough material to use but since running a lunchtime Art club I have found that these books can be wonderful for independent learning. Also as the club is only 30 minutes it is practical to [...read more]

Great Lesson for Year 5: Food in Art

October 27, 2017

Such a fun lesson for Year 5. The project is almost finished and the sketchbook work is stunning. Parents evening was great as I was able to show them this work in progress. Paper Pulp We looked at the subject of food in art and for some strange reason the children absolutely loved [...read more]

Junior Art Club: Recycled Wooden Peg Aeroplanes

October 27, 2017

Junior Art Club Project This was a fun project to do for Art Club. We looked at an image I got from Pinterest and the children got very excited about what they were going to make. I gave each pupil 3 lolly sticks, one wooden peg and a button. They used acrylic paint [...read more]