It would never be acceptable for your pupils to say “I’m just no good at maths / reading / science” or any other academic subject, however, pupils deciding that they are just naturally “no good” at art goes unchallenged in our classrooms. Too often the misconception that people are either born with artistic ability or not is able to permeate into our schools. Teachers also can feel less confident in delivering the art curriculum because they feel they are not ‘artists’.
This course aims to put these unhelpful views to bed and give teachers the confidence they need to deliver art with passion and enthusiasm, help bring art to life, and bring out the artist in all their pupils.
Who should attend?
The course is designed for prep and primary school teachers and curriculum leads who have had no formal training in art and want an insight into the key skills, framework of progression, and lots of practical ideas to use in the classroom.
Thinking like an artist: Strategies to encourage pupils to plan and develop their ideas and work. Tackling misconceptions about art ‘fixed’ ability. Encouraging creative thinking and finding inspiration for art.
Art techniques: Ideas and exercises for exploring the important techniques including: Developing sketching skills. Understanding light, tone, perspective and viewpoint. Different paint techniques and contexts. Using different media for modelling, sculpture and 3D projects. Progression in art techniques across the age range.
Art Planning and Assessment: Building a comprehensive framework for art teaching and curriculum coverage. Assessment approaches for art work. Self-assessment and AfL techniques. Capturing the creative journey. Building portfolios. The importance of exhibitions, whole school themes and display.
The course is designed to give a balance of theory, practical exercises and a raft of ideas to take back to school, ready to bring your school art curriculum to life.
Course tutor: Joe Warren
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