Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work – Pixels

KS3 Pixels SOWHi All

Sorry for the delay in updating the blog recently, I decided to take some time out over the summer to just relax and rest. Also I am happy to say that I am very nearly due to have my first baby so the blog may be a little quiet in the coming months but I will be back!

After a few requests for Key Stage 3 Schemes I have had a dig about in my files and found one that I think might be of interest and also one that my students really enjoyed (they were very into Minecraft and computer games at the time of teaching).

Key Stage 3 Scheme of work – Pixels: Yr8 ART Term 2 Pixel Artwork (to save right click and select Save as…)


KS3 Food – Sculpture Scheme of Work

SoW Food KS3 ArtSorry for the long time in updating the blog, school has been rather busy this last term. Now with Year 11 on study leave I am hoping to catch up with the long list of jobs to work on, starting with updating this blog!

I have been digging around my files and found a Year 7 scheme based around food and cardboard sculpture which I thought might be useful for others.

Yr7 ART Term 2 Food  – Right click the link and select ‘save as’ to save the Word file

Takeaway Homework

Art Takeaway Homework Examples

Here are a few examples of some takeaway homework sheets that I have developed for Key Stage 3 Art and Design and Year 10 Photography classes.

I have found that these are a great way of setting homework as students are able to select a homework depending on how much time they have for it and what they feel like doing that day.

The Key Stage 3 sheets have a few more rules, such as students must select at least one hot or extra hot task a term etc.

The Key Stage 3 ones have been converted from Pages documents to Word Docs so I hope they work OK for you. The photography ones I can not convert so can be found in my Dropbox as Photoshop files should you wish to have the original editable versions.

To save the KS3 files right click on the link below and select Save As…

KS3 Monsters: MONSTERS Takeaway Homework Sheet YR7

KS3 Peculiar Portraits: portraits Takeaway Homework Sheet YR7

KS3 Pixel Art: Pixel Takeaway Homework Sheet YR8

KS3 Bugs: Bug Takeaway Homework Sheet YR8

Yr10 Photography Takeaway Homework Examples:


Tie Dye Methods

Tie Dye Samples As well as teaching Art and Design I am responsible for teaching D&T at my school. These images are of some of the tie dye pieces my year 8 class produced last week. These will eventually become mini cushions once the students have appliquéd their designs on to them in the coming weeks.

Tie Dye is such a fun thing to do and the students can never wait to unwrap the elastic bands to see how their pieces have turned out. It would be a great techniques to use in art and design class!

Here are the step by step sheets I provided students with in the lesson (just right click to save)
Tie Dye Steps.001 Tie Dye Steps.002

Artist Analysis – Key Stage 3

Artist analysis sheets


To help the younger years in school begin to analyse artists and designers work I have made some wipeable mats with key questions on. We used this as a starter activity to get the ideas flowing which the students then used in the lesson to help them write up a short analysis piece on their artist.

Here is the mat in PowerPoint format: Artist Analysis Mat

Year 8 – Peculiar Portraits

Peculiar Portraits


Pupils were tasked with finding a base image of a face for a homework task, they then brought this to the next lesson. As usual there were some that did not have the homework so I have a few images photocopied for those that did not have anything.

As a starter I showed the class a selection of abstract portraits from other artists and we discussed these as a class.

I gave a quick demo of the task and then they set about cutting up bits and pieces from the magazines provided (ones I have found particularly good are fashion magazines for facial features/clothing and also The National Geographic for animal parts and textures).

The pupils really enjoyed making the faces as crazy as possible!

Year 7 – Soft Pastel Lollies

Pastel Lollies


I wanted to introduce year 7 to working with soft pastels and our theme is food so I found 3 different images of ice lollies and ice creams (I have 3 images of differing levels of difficulty ) for the pupils to select from. The pupils really enjoyed working with this media and they really grasped the different techniques I showed them.

Right click and save the link for a copy of the lessons resources and powerpoint: L6 Lolly pastels PP