Chloe M (S3, OLSP) shows us how she collects images together for use later. Developing these skills as she did (this book is from S2) will help her when working towards her new National Qualification. Since the change of the qualification system, pupils are no longer required to write two essays, they are now expected to create a ‘resource book’ full of examples of art, notes and annotations about the artist and designer looked at and their inspirations. By introducing pupils to image collecting, note taking and resource building at earlier stages, we can help them become self reliant when it comes to their own inspiration and resources.
Forget looking at tiny dotty pictures of artwork in books and low resolution images from a Google Image search. Click over and have a look at Google Art Project. It lets you zoom right into the painting to see the tiny cracks and lets you walk around any museum in the world that’s actually worth paying a huge plane fair to go visit. Amazing. I wish they had this stuff when I was a kid…
Pyskopaint is a great flash website that lets you upload your own photos and paint over the top of them in many different artist styles such as Munch, Renoir and Monet. I haven’t had much time with it yet, though the introduction and the samples have already blown me away. There’s also great tutorial videos to train you up too. If you give it a try and produce anything good from it, I’d love to see your efforts.
I’ve been working on a nice set of artist/painter table numbers for my classroom. Table numbers help pupils remember where they first sit when starting a new class, they also help when allocating materials (especially dangerous items like sharp scissors or scalpels). Table numbers help keep the classroom organised, help you learn pupil’s names and help teachers, who may have to take over your class when you are off, allocate materials and be aware of where pupils are suppose to sit.
These table numbers will not only brighten up a classroom, but they can also be used for quizzes about the artists, a resource for the artist, the style or elements of the work and will help pupils become familiar with each artist name/style/image.
I advise printing the images out full size (A4) and in full colour. I would trim each artist number square out, leaving whatever space around you desire and then laminate the squares in fours leaving space around each. Trimming and then laminating will seal the edges and corners of the number for longer lasting life. Numbers should then either be temporarily blu-taced to the tables or fixed more permanently with double sided sticky tape.
The table number sheets can be downloaded from ‘The Box’ app which is featured at the bottom of the right-hand column.
The Art Classroom has been featured on the front page of Teaching News today. I’d like to welcome the new readers and say a big thank you to Teachingnews.co.uk and Mark Warner for the post. Teaching news is a great resource for what is happening in teaching, especially in the UK, although it’s not just confined to the UK and has a lot of ideas and material for global visitors. It’s a great springboard to guide teachers onto other sites and ideas.
Teaching News is twinned with Teaching Ideas a marvelous website (over ten years old believe it or not?!) with a never ending list of resource ideas and inspiration for all subjects and all age ranges.
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).
This was a very successful resource to use with S1 pupils (aged 10-12) when leaf drawing. The examples can be mixed to form any number of different styles and types of foliage.
Download it below in the ‘Box’ (bottom right-hand column).