2017 1-9 Art and Design Handbook

I know the current year 10’s are working on the 1-9 grades but I just have not have the time to get all my resources updated until now. So here is the first updated resource, my GCSE Art and Design Handbook. I usually give this to the year 9’s who have chosen Art at the end of the summer term along with their summer project work. I also email it to all parents so they know a little about the course and how to support their child (as I find a large number of parents struggle to understand how to support their child in this subject).

PDF: Art GCSE information booklet 2017

Word (the file was not created in word so may look odd in places due to being exported for editing): Art GCSE information booklet 2017

Exam Time Planning for GCSE Art and Photography students

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To help my students effectively plan their 10 hour ‘exam’ time I have drawn up a question sheet that hopefully helps them to consider what they need to do.

The images above are JPEG versions. I do have an idraw and Photoshop editable versions but WordPress will not let me upload these (if you would like these drop me a message in the comments section of this post).

RAG sheets for GCSE Art and Photography

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To aid my year 10 and 11 classes with planning their mock exams this term I have created a set of RAG sheets for them to complete at the start and end of the lesson. I have found this helps them to take a few minutes to think about the lesson ahead of them and make a rough plan of action.

I find it is difficult when the students are all at various different stages when working on their mock or real exam prep to think about how to have useful starters and these sheets are a way for all students to settle down and make a quick start on their independent work.

Additionally on these sheets I have included a table for students working at and target grades.

Art RAG sheets: art-rag-123-sheetsphoto-rag-123-sheets

Photo RAG sheets: photo-rag-123-sheets

 

 

Tracking GCSE work

Hi all I hope you all had a brilliant and relaxing summer!

This year I have made it one of my targets to keep my GCSE art classes all up to date with incomplete and unfinished work. I find that there is nothing worse than looking through a students sketchbook and folder of work and seeing lots of potentially great pieces of work that are not complete!

I have made a chart to put up on my cupboards so that once I have seen a students piece of work and I deem it to be complete it can be ticked off. Both myself and students can then easily see who has work to be completed.

Fingers crossed this will go some way to keeping unfinished work at the front of their minds!

GCSE work tracking

 

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Year 10 – A day at the beach

Sorry for the lack of posts recently but my wedding combined with the honeymoon means I have been off the radar for a while.

So first week back after the Easter break I took the year 10 artists on a drawing and photography trip to Brighton. The theme of the current unit of work is Sense of Place, so the pupils were trying to capture the sense of Brighton in their drawings and photographs. Before the trip I had introduced them to a range of travel illustrators and to the work of Martin Parr.

I think the pupils enjoyed the day and most gathered a good range of sketches and photographs (despite the classic English rain). When I see them next they will be presenting the best of their images in their sketchbooks. They will also be using them to produce some screen, lino and mono prints over the coming weeks.

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Under the sea inspired batik – Year 7

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In the first term year 7 are introduced to a range of different media, this week they have been woking with batik. Their theme is Under the Sea and so they have created batik samples based on fish, an octopus and a starfish.

They first lightly traced off the image onto their fabric square in pencil. I had two batik pots set up on a separate table with 2 tools in each, when their trace was complete they were called up individually so that I did not have too many students around the hot wax at one time. I had another mini activity sheet printed so that those that were waiting for the wax has something to occupy them.  We did not have any fabric paints so  I we used watery block paint, which worked well and although its not wash proof would be fine as the samples are just to be stapled into the students sketchbooks.

Power point for the lesson: Batik PP

Chalk and Charcoal – Year 10

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The theme for year 10 this half term is Buildings and Architecture, so one of the tasks set was to reproduce a stone lion image in chalk and charcoal. Above are a few of the pieces produced by the class, as you can see each pupil has their own style when applying the media. Some of the class really liked the loose and expressive quality of chalk and charcoal, while others really struggled. I think we shall be revisiting it later this year!