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Art, craft & design lesson plans & art resouces

The Paul Carney arts website is packed with art resources and art lesson plans for teaching art at all stages of education. All of these lesson plans and resources are given to you free of charge in the hope that the pupils in your classes will benefit from high-quality art education. They have been designed to the highest standards by me from over twenty years of art teaching experience. I also design bespoke art and design curriculums for both Primary and Secondary phases at a reasonable rate. Email me for details.

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Art, craft & design lesson plans & art resources
Formal elements lesson plan
Surrealism Dreams art project
Macro Art lesson plan

Media Art

Ages 11-16

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.

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Expressive Painting

Ages 11-16

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 

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Dreams

Ages 11-16

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

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Macro Art

Ages 7 -16

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 lesson

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African Mask Making art lesson plan

African Mask Making

Ages 7-16

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. Download

Me in a Box

Ages 10-14

This project is a lovely twist on the traditional art theme of identity or portraits. It uses symbolism and metaphor as well as Maths NETS to create inspirational designs on a personal theme. My own students LOVED this lesson!

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Funny Fish art lesson plan

Funny Fish

Ages 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 Download

Alien Landscape art lesson plan

Alien Landscape

Ages 7-12

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.

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Tints & Shades art lesson plan

Tints & Shades

Age 7-14 

Improve your student's painting techniques by completing this range of worksheets for tints and shades.

 

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Colour theory art lesson plan

Colour Theory

Age 7-14

Some teachers prefer to embed colour theory into projects but this stand alone worksheet & powerpoint is great to have.

Free download

Graffiti lettering sheet, art lesson plan

Graffiti Lettering

These graffiti lettering sheets have been designed for tracing.

Free download

Shading an alien man, art lesson plan

Shading an Alien Man

A simple shading exercise the pupils love

Free download

Impressionism

Impressionism

Age 7-14

A lovely project that teaches colour mixing by practical application. The students study famous paintings by the Impressionists. 

Free download

Pop Art

Pop Art 

Age 7-14

A traditional Pop Art project that works well and gets great results. Save yourself loads of time and get it here!

Free download

Jungle art project

Jungle Project

Age 7-14

Improve your student's painting techniques by learning depth of field, size and proportion. This can be adapted for collage

Free download.

Kandinsky music art project

Music Kandinsky

Age 7-14

Many art rooms use this type of project where students study Kandinsky and listen to music to create abstract art.

Free download.

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Drawing Lessons 

Here are some free drawing lessons for you to download.

Drawing from memory should help to build basic memory retention which in turn develops learning ability. Object in a Bag and Doodle Bugs are aimed at developing imagination whilst Mark Making focusses on expressing emotions and creative intelligence.

Drawing lesson plans ideas

Memory Drawing

This staple drawing exercise was used by Henry Moore during the war to draw in the air raid shelters. It is an essential!

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Drawing with letters lesson plan

Drawing Letters

The relationship between writing and drawing is powerful and often children who are struggling to draw a shape will find confidence

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Drawing lesson plans ideas

Doodle Bugs

This is a lovely starter exercise enjoyed by pupils of all ages (even adults!)

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Drawing lesson plans ideas

Mark Making

I love this lesson. It's so simple, fun and expressive. Students love it too. I've seen it done Early Years through to GCSE

Blind hand drawing lesson

Blind Hand Drawing

All ages

Another lovely starter activity that focusses students' attention on something very familiar to them.

Free to download

back to back drawing lesson

Describing Drawing 

All ages

This exercise can be a great literacy activity and is excellent fun too! I use this a lot in class.

Free to download

rubber drawing

Rubber Drawing

All ages

Alovely drawing activity that deals in drawing in reverse. You take away marks instead of adding them. Great fun for all.

Free to download

Blind contour drawing lesson

Blind Contour Drawing

All ages

Making 'blinds' to go over the drawing hand is a great way of teaching young artists to study hard.​

Free to download

Charcoal drawing skills

Charcoal 

In this project students will learn about tones when working with charcoal

 

Free to Download

Wax resist art skills

Wax Resist 

Uses oil pastels and powdered ink. The technique in this lesson are great for sketchbooks.

 

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Ink drawing skills

Indian Ink 

Shows you the basics of using Indian Ink. It can be done by students at any level, & usually goes down well

 

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texture art skills

Texture

I put this together as an introduction to using cut out shapes and textures. Good sketchbook activity.

 

Free to Download

 

Abstract drawing

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. 

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Design Drawing

Six high-quality design exercises for you to use as homework activities or cover lessons. Design a car, a spaceship, fashion outfit, logo, graffiti and robot.​

Free to download

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Homework Drawing

Free to download

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Fine Motor Skills

Free Exercises

Art History Resources

Studying art

This 'Studying Art' Ebook which has lots of literacy activities for teaching art history and the formal elements. Download

Art timeline game art art history lesson plan

Art Timeline

Teach the whole history of art in one lesson with a fun game. This is a superb lesson and it should be compulsory in year 7 in  my opinion! Great fun, great learning.

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Carravagio art history lesson plan

Body Language

Make stuffy old paintings fun again by interpreting them through body language. Great fun.

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 Vermeer art history lesson plan

What are you thinking?

Use freeze frame drama techniques to unravel the meanings behind the masterpieces.

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annotation in GCSE art

Art Investigations worksheets. The download contains the literacy vocabulary sheets too. Download

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Ideas & Thinking Skills

Pointless art game

Pointless

The original ideas game turned into a classroom activity to develop original thinking. Use this as a starter before an ideas session to show pupils how to come up with great ideas for art. Edit it for your own use.

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Paper Clip game

The Paper Clip Game

This isn't my idea, but a translation of a psychometric test developed in the 1960's. It's a very challenging task, but one that really uncovers who has a good imagination. Can be used as a good group starter.

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Where do ideas come from?

Where do ideas come from?

This presentation looks at a wide range of ways that we can develop an idea and more importantly, where ideas come from. You can cherry-pick individual slides to highlight a point you want to make about idea development. Add your own ideas to it!

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Symbolism in art lesson plan

Symbolism

Obviously symbolism has been around as long as mankind has, and there are many good examples out there, but this attempts to make symbolism a succinct lesson that informs idea creation. This can be adapted and developed further into more complex study.

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Idea Mining by Paul Carney

Idea Mining

One of my favourite resources! A PDF handout that can be printed as a poster too. It focusses thinking of ideas into different strands from surface, immediate ideas into deep thinking. This principle of making your students think of different strategies for ideas, tasks and projects is a really important one.

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Consultancy Service

As an NSEAD registered art consultant, I offer a friendly, professional art consultancy service to schools, from early years right through to Secondary GCSE. I've worked with infant schools to improve art assessment, delivered primary school CPD on skills and progression, worked with Subject Leaders to raise attainment and done whole school, secondary art department audits including formal lesson observations and department reviews. My over-arching strategy is to support the professional development of hard working professionals with positive and constructive advice for improvement.

My consultancy bookings are now being handled by Iain Simper of the Learning Partnership. For enquiries email Iain here

 

Training Courses

Please follow the link to see my latest CPD teacher training courses. If you can't see any that suits your needs, why don't you arrange for a bespoke in-school service?

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