Year 9 – Name Sculptures

name sculptures

This term year 9 have been looking into graffiti and lettering.

For this lesson the students came to the lesson having developed their own lettering for homework and then in class they drew out each letter of their name onto thick card. We had discussed and practiced colour mixing and using colour schemes in the previous lessons so they had an idea of this when it came to mixing the acrylic paint.

They used hot glue guns to attach each letter to the base or other letters. Some students also added shapes, such as splats, explosions and arrows to their work.

I used a gallery style plenary to review the work, this is where students went around the room and viewed each persons work. Then on a piece of paper besides the work students noted a strength and an area for improvement. This peer review will be stuck into their sketchbooks next lesson along with a printed photograph of their sculpture.

Click the image below to see the review sheet I used.

Review sheet


Recycled Bugs – Year 8

Recycled Bugs

Year 8 have been looking at the work of Chris Goodwin who creates mini bugs out of items he finds. The students collected bits and pieces from home for homework and in the lesson combined these with items I provided (such as paper clips, scraps of cardboard, buttons, beads, wire etc) to make their own mini creature. They used wire and the hot glue guns to stick each of the pieces together. Each pupil came up with something totally different and unique and they were really pleased with the results.

Under the sea inspired batik – Year 7

Batik sea creatures

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

Marking key stage 3 art work


I have always found it difficult to mark lower school artwork, up until now I have just been giving comments highlighting the positives in the work and then the areas to improve. I wanted to try and find a better way of given more feedback to pupils, that would not give me more work/writing.

So I have developed two tables that can be stuck in to pupils sketchbooks and then completed by the teacher. The first one shown is for marking homework. The second table shown is slightly different and is for general classwork, I would stick this into pupils sketchbooks periodically to show them how I feel they are generally working in class. This would be used alongside my usual written comments on their artwork.

I have developed these from examples shown on this website:

Link to the files:
Homework marking stickers
Class work marking stickers

Collage Portraits – Year 8

Collage portraitsA simple but effective way to create portrait work. Pupils traced the outlines of their face onto the boards using carbon paper and a photograph of themselves. They then filled each selection with various paper based collage materials. Once they had filled all the white gaps they went back to their original images and using acetate sheets and a permanent pen they traced of the details of their face and shoulders. The acetate was finally stuck over their collage using a glue stick.