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Hi Paul, I just wanted to say thanks. Your Handbook is probably the most practical resource I've come across. it has really helped develop my planning and I believe it has made me a better teacher! Thank you

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I was observed today by the local authority. I told them I had been engaging the less interested boys in my group with your Media Art project. She was very impressed and thought it was amazing as it linked very well to culture and PSHE. During my feedback she said she had never seen that used before and that it I should patent it, so thanks for that, the students have found it challenging but are really kicking off with it now.
Amanda Skilton 

A whole host of beautifully designed art lesson plans for teaching art, craft and design at all ages

picThe Paul Carney arts website contains loads of resources and lesson plans for teaching art at all phases of education. Many are completely free art lesson plans and some are low cost, but all have been designed and made by me over twenty years of teaching art. Pages are divided into Early Primary art lessons, Primary Elementary art lessons and Secondary art lessons to make it easier to find what you are looking for and there are also specialist pages on assessing art. All of my resources are designed to the highest standards with everything you need to deliver the lesson; from lesson plans to handouts, pictures and presentations.

"I also offer a full art creative consultancy service to UK and international schools and provide Teacher Training services. I like to think I'm a friendly guy, so please don't hesitate to contact me." Paul


The Art Teacher's Handbook 2015

Completely revised and rewritten, my Art Teacher's Handbook is 20 years art teaching experience as an Advanced Skills Teacher, Head of Department and Primary art teacher condensed into 267 pages. Contains: 40 supporting files, a new chapter on pedagogies, taxonomies and learning styles, another on Questioning Techniques. Also a guide to teaching painting and a new fully illustrated art progression guide


Key Stage 3 assessing art without levels

For those who do not want to buy my full Art Teacher's Handbook, this is the Assessing without Levels chapter on its own. Shows you what to look for when assessing art, how to monitor pupils progress easily and effectively in the classroom and how to help pupils understand what they need to do to improve. Contains: a Pdf ebook and supporting files as Word docs for you to edit.


Primary assessing art without levels

This ebook is the primary assessment chapter from my Handbbok. It shows you how to assess to the new National Curriculum attainment targets. It contains a complete progression model with loads of information to help you assess art with confidence. Contains a fully illustrated year by year progression model for Year 1 to 6 as well as loads more content and editable templates for you to use.


the Art of Questions

Raise attainment, open the door to pupil-centred teaching and ditch the teacher-led model. The art of questions is contained in the full Handbook and is a guide to developing a question based curriculum for art, craft and design. It shows you how to design art projects from deep questions for pupils of any age group as well as how to use questions for supporting students, exploring art materials, becoming an independent learner and in order that they can become thinking intelligent students.

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picHow to Draw from Observation - Download version

The full observational drawing programme contains four drawing units to teach drawing from observation from the very beginnings to an advanced stage. They contain full windows format videos and Powerpoint presentations plus all associated worksheets. It even contains an Assessment system to make marking easy, even for a non-specialist only £19.99



ONLINE Version - How to Draw from Observation

Get both the FULL Drawing Programme download with additional ONLINE access! For just a small additional cost you can get a unique log in and password to accompany your drawing programme.This allows your whole school to access it from home so they can teach themselves how to draw. For me this is the real secret to learning to draw; allow the pupils to learn from their own unique starting points and check that they have mastered one stage before they move on to the next. Teach the whole school online for only £39.99



Foundation Drawing

Foundation Stage for unconfident, SEN or younger artists. Typically, students working at this stage will be 7-9 or people who completely lack the confidence to draw anything. The download contains: Basic Tips in drawing, Drawing Simple Shapes, Shading Part 1a, Flat tones, Shading Part 1b, Light to Dark, Cartoon Drawing. Contains 5 Windows format videos, 5 Powerpoints


Beginner Drawing

Beginner Stage for students approx 7-11 age to develop 3D drawing and shading. This stage contains lessons in: 3D Shapes. Shading a Cube/Cylinder, Shading a Sphere, Still Life Drawing, Lettering, Perspective, Cartoon Shading, Plus worksheets and assessment sheets. The download contains 3 Windows format videos, 8 Powerpoint plus work sheets


Intermediate Drawing

Intermediate Stage for more advanced KS2 or younger KS3 students to develop into observational drawing. The download contains: Shading a bottle from observation, basic Measuring, Drawing and seeing details, practical exercises in Observational Drawing. Plus worksheets and assessment sheets. Contains 2 longer Windows format videos, 4 Powerpoint presentations


Advanced Drawing

Advanced Stage for students approx 13-16. By the end of this stage students should be fully confident in drawing from observation and will only need to practise those skills further. The download contains: Advanced Measuring exercises, Advanced Shading exercises, Complex Drawing video (20 mins Plus assessment sheets. Contains 2 longer Windows format videos, 4 Powerpoint presentations

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the Language of Drawing

Age 7-13 Abstract Drawing

This lesson challenges students to invent a secret language then draw in an abstract way to communicate words and phrases in their own unique style. By comparing this to abstract artists they will be able to better understand the language of drawing. Complete with full Lesson Plan and Resources, it also comes with a free starter activity and an extension task;


Macro Art

Age 7-16 Photo/Mixed Media

Suitable for most age ranges, this very flexible project combines digital photography with the art of observational drawing. It is a great project for getting some quality, expressive drawing work in student’s portfolios at exam stage or for teaching younger students to ‘see’ more closely. A very expressive esson, students are free to depict what they see in a variety of styles.


Media Art

Age 11 -16 Thinking skills

Pop Art gets a 21st Century facelift! This a Contemporary Scheme aimed at improving thinking skills and asks deep, Essential Questions of your students to learn how Modern Art has evolved into a thriving contemporary movement. And instead of just making a bland Pop Art style picture, the students are challenged to think about how the media affects their life .


Expressive Painting

Age 11-16 Thinking skills

Expressive Painting Formal Elements: Age 10-16 FULL Contemporary Scheme inc. thinking skills. Improve your student's painting techniques whilst learning the FORMAL ELEMENTS of art. Using Essential Big Questions this FULL Unit of Work is beautifully designed to challenge and stretch your students whilst learning the history of abstract art from beginnings to present day.


Alien Landscape

Alien Landscape

Age 9-12 Drawing with pastel

The Alien Landscape project comprises: Lesson Plan, Powerpoint resources and handouts. It will show your students the principles of landscape drawing and painting, colour, depth of field, tonal range and scale in an enjoyable and stimulating project that young people enjoy. Boys LOVE this project! It goes really well with my free download unit; design an alien.



Age 11-16 Photoshop & Drawing

This lesson teaches Photoshop by means of a detailed step-by-step exercise. You can use free online software if you don’t have Photoshop (links included.) There is also a detailed guide to drawing faces from observation. The skills are then combined into a fun Dream project. This is especially liked by the boys, they LOVE doing the Photoshop project.

Clay Animals

Clay Animals

Age 7-12, 3D Clay

This lesson is well loved by children. It contains a Lesson Plan, Powerpoint presentation and teacher instructions and shows you in a clear, step-by-step guide how to make beautiful clay animals. Includes a ‘How to Make your own air-drying clay’ recipe so you can use this even if you don’t have a kiln.

Contemporary Drawing

Contemporary Drawing

12 Drawing lessons Age 7-18

The Ebook features 12 modern drawing activities that stimulate creative and unique approaches to drawing and do not require realistic drawing skills. Using common, everday resources, each exercise links to a contemporary artist so that your students can relate the activity to professional practice.



Funny Fish

Age 7-12

Complete with beautiful supporting illustrations, a teaching Powerpoint and detailed Lesson Plan with full instructions, this 4-6 hour project teaches students to illustrate fish in detail using cross-hatching pen and ink techniques, before inventing their own weird and crazy fish to draw, design and make in a variety of ways.


NEW: Mr Murakami

Age 5 - 7 Painting

A delightful project that draws on the contemporary artist Takahashi Murakami to inspire painting skills theory, colour mixing, and lots of imaginative exercises. One for younger key stage 1 children, there are literacy links and lessons in colour theory, worksheets and art images for you to use in class.


NEW: Tony Cragg

Age 5 - 7, 3D Project

A delightful 3D making project that introduces the contemporary artist Tony Cragg's famous artwork Britain Seen from the North. The children will investigate the work, developing their literacy skills and their ability to understand contemporary art. After that they make their own large scale colour wheel mural using three simple making techniques.


Birds of Paradise

Age 5-7, 3D Craft

Learn about the fabulous birds of New Guinea and how they have evolved into some of the most stunning creatures on the planet. Teach sketchbook recording techniques, art methods and my own technique of making birds using PVA glue. This is a lovely craft project for younger art students and is such a huge topic, it can easily be developed into a cross-curricular theme.

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Primary Lesson Pack

Aged 5-11 A whole host of Art lesson plans & resources:

  • Drawing Unit Foundation Stage
  • Drawing Unit Beginner Stage
  • Clay animals
  • Alien Landscape
  • Funny Fish
  • Language of Drawing
  • Macro Art
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Contemporary drawing
  • Mask Project
  • PLUS Art Handbook


Secondary Lesson Pack

Aged 11 - 16 A whole host of Art lessons & resources:

  • the FULL Drawing programme
  • Contemporary drawing
  • KS4 Media art
  • KS4 Expressive Painting
  • Dreams
  • KS4 Macro Art
  • Dogon Mask Project
  • Alien Landscape
  • Funny Fish
  • Language of Drawing
  • Art teachers Handbook(Which includes assessment


African Mask Making

Age 7-16, 3D sculpture

Suitable for most age ranges, this very flexible mask making project leads your students through deep, web based investigation of the Dogon Tribe in Mali, to fully understand the reasons masks and ceremonial costumes are made, before providing a wealth of resources on mask design and mask making. With full colour resources, music files and incredible photos and mask images this project is a great resource to teach from.


Drawing with Letters

Age 4 - 7

This simple drawing unit shows pupils how to draw using letters. Building confidence is so important when drawing and often pupils think objects are too difficult for them to draw. By associating letterforms with the object they are drawing you can make drawing seem easier.


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Consultancy Service

imageI offer a friendly, professional art consultancy service to schools around the world, from early years right through to post-16 and advanced art. I've delivered training courses for leading UK Training providers and art galleries. My consultancy work has taken me to local education authorities and schools from Kent to Newcastle, Italy, Canada and Bermuda and I am a registered NSEAD consultant.

I've had considerable experience of training graduate teachers, coaching & mentoring, NQT's, Vocational Education, improving GCSE results, assessment and questioning techniques including self-directed learning & independent learning. My training sessions can be written and tailored to your needs, they can be one-to-one, department focussed or whole school based. Whether you are looking to improve your department, get better results, raise skills, develop cross-curricular creativity or help motivate teachers then I think I can help.

Drawing & Painting skills sessions - Perfect for Primary schools from Early Years to Year 6, my sessions focus on identifying what it is that children struggle with and how you can improve their skill and confidence when you may not have much of it yourself. I've done these sessions as one-off whole school CPD days, as a series of twighlight sessions and as solo sessions. Great fun and motivation!

Primary Coordinators - Why not get me to into your school to work with you one-on-one, to help you to audit your art provision, plan activities, map curriculum progression, develop skills and creative learning or understand effective assessment strategies. It isn't any more expensive than going out on a course!

Assessment workshops - great for any stage of education, focussed on making assessment classroom based, effective and simple using AfL techniques, peer assessment and self-directed learning.

Raising Attainment in Secondary- focussed on raising GCSE exam results with tried and testing techniques, developing curriculum models suited to your own pupils' needs. This session looks at your schools set up, data, past performance, your current curriculum, what types of teachers and learners you have and how best to maximise progression, whether that's to achieve more A stars or Grade C's. Personal advice, tailored to the needs of your department. image

No Girls Allowed - Get those Boys really motivated and achieving in lessons! I spent many years teaching groups of very disaffected, disadvantaged boys and this session gets to the heart of why boys struggle to achieve, why they lose interest and mess around. It doesn't have to be a year on year battle to get them to work, you need to develop strategies that allow them to learn in the way that suits them and yet still gets results.

Independent Learning, metacognition and the Art of Questions - If you truly want to create the very best learners then you need to understand metacognition, self-directed learning and develop a questioning model that really engages all pupils. Not just for high ability students, I can show you how to implement these techniques across a range of abilities. This session isn't just 'pie-in-the-sky' philosophy taken from a text book, I've developed and tried these strategies in real classroom practice. I know what works!

Wot sum peeps av sed

Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your course yesterday in London. It’s given me lots to think about and am still buzzing with ideas even though I’ve been back at school for a whole day. One of the best things about yesterday was the fact that as well as making us think about new approaches to the way we teach Art, you also gave us the practical tools to deliver the goods. The things you discussed with us really resonated with me and I can already see how we can change a few things that we do in the Art Dept to achieve more creative thinking in the kids. Sarah Wybraniec the Henry Beaufort School

Hi Paul, Thanks so much for your session yesterday, it was informative and inspiring!It was really interesting to see the new curriculum and have it explained by someone who understands the needs of the teacher as well as the pupils. Rory Hughes Amersham School

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the course I attended yesterday, I have only been in teaching four years and the day really helped me to reconsider how I use assessment in my teaching.Thanks again. Kind regards, Florence Pilkington, the Folkestone School for Girls

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