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This week’s ‘Artwork of the Week’ fell out of my diary yesterday. I’d forgotten that I had put it in there for safe keeping. A little too safe I guess.

I had shown S1 pupils how to make A4 folded books, a simple but effective way to self-publish by using a photocopier and a single side of a sheet of A4 paper. Kate M created this great little book in a period (50 mins). I liked the book so much I had to ask Kate if I could keep it. I placed the book inside my diary to keep it safe and only found it when I was looking back through it for an address. Enjoy.

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Cowie & Banks Cheat Sheet

The last of our freebie resources, another cheat sheet for Cowie & Banks aimed at the expressive part of the intermediate exam. I know that a few of the pupils that read the blog will find this particular resource useful. As with the previous revision cards, things to take notice of are the inclusion of the date of birth in the painters’ names (86 for Cowie, 62 for Banks), the points to remember read as the phrases ‘Dad’s Comic’ and ‘Slick Poor’ and the artists’ life time-line can be remembered by a few simple points.

Download from the ‘Box’ (bottom right-hand column).cowie-banks revision

Tomorrow we will return to looking at pupil work. Thanks for all your interest in the resources this week and downloading over 400 copies from the ‘Box’.

Days Of The Dead Critical Assessment

Continuing with our week of resource freebies, below you will see a studies exam for S1 & S2 (aged 11-13) based around Mexican traditions and art. The assessment is split into two parts; general comprehension and cultural knowledge. Each question is labeled with a maximum point rating in brackets.

As with all resources given away this week, download the file from the ‘Box’ (bottom right-hand column).

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With So Many Subjects, How Do You Get Pupils To Remember Yours?

A huge problem with examinations is that they’re all held at the same time, forcing pupils to study numerous subjects at once and their minds can only hold so much information. I always found studying incredibly tough due to not being able to hold onto important facts or figures to recall in the exam. I read and re-read, though when it actually came time to recall, my memory would go blank and I would stress out.

I started to devise mnemonic acronym and visual play techniques to remember certain points, dates and names. It’s a technique that is used by memory men and even tricksters like Derren Brown.

Below you will see a revision card for two fashion designers; Galliano and Chanel. You will notice this technique in action. See how the dates of the designers births are inserted into the name. Words that relate to the designer are formed from the points that are needed for the written essay. In Galliano’s case ‘METRE USE’ to describe his style and inspiration and ‘JUMPSUIT’ to actually describe his famous jumpsuit. For Chanel ‘STEM’ is used for her style and ‘ENCAPSULES’ to describe her Little Black Dress.

You can download this revision card in the ‘Box’ below (bottom of right-hand column).

If you would like to make revision cards like these yourself you can play with the fonts and visuals in Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop and Scrabble Cheat can be used to enter the first letters of each of your points to try and form a word.

(Remember that you’ll need a few words to begin with a vowel to form a proper word out of the first letters, a thesaurus can be used to change a few of your words or just use your common sense).

I use this technique for Intermediate and Higher exams though it will work with all pupils across the board. Some will find it confusing and a hindrance, some will not need it and some will find it very useful. I think it is important to give pupils as much help with studying and retaining information as possible.

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In Sections

A very late but interesting activity resource today. Pupils cut out the jigsaw shapes of the dragon fly to copy the small image on the lower left. When cutting out the insect parts I would advise that pupils leave a halo of white, approximately 2mm around the parts when cutting. Parts should be glued down with a glue stick (i.e. Pritt Stick). One issue I’ve had with this sheet is when pupils trim out the parts they often cut their name and class from the top of the form. Just be aware of this if it happens. For future cutting activities I have made sure the name and class are very close to the working area.

Remember when teaching pupils to cut with scissors that they should use the whole scissor length, long slow cuts and move the paper not the scissors.

When completed, pupils should leave the insect to dry and work on colouring the background using tone. This should leave enough time for the insect to crisp up and be dry enough to be coloured itself.

I use this resource for S1-S3 (pupils aged 11-14)

The jpeg resource can be downloaded below from the ‘Box’ (bottom right-hand column).cutoutinsect

When It’s O.K. To Have CD Filler

Today’s free resource (the third of seven for this week) is for S1 classes. For those that don’t use the ‘P & S’ system, that’s for children around the age of 10-12. This sheet was created as absent teacher cover when I had been off during my CD Cover Design unit. The activity requests the pupil to do three tasks; colour with tone, name the areas of the package and then show their music knowledge on the back of the sheet. This will fill a period (50 minutes) quite easily and I even had pupils asking to return to it to guess more artists later on in the project.

As with all my down-loadable resources, you’ll find the link below in the ‘Box’ (bottom of the right hand column).

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