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Ours is such a vast discipline with many superb, brilliant, innovative and exciting ways to teach the subject. All ideas are welcome here, I do not believe there is a right and wrong way to teach art, simply ways that have been shown over time to work more effectively than others. What is important is teaching a love of the subject that lasts a lifetime. These are my thoughts, opinions and ideas on teaching art, craft and design. If you'd like to leave a comment please do so. I like to debate my teaching methods when possible but I won't enter into abusive, aggressive or hostile arguments.

September 19, 2018

This article is my own summary interpretation of the paper; Cognitive Load Theory, what does it mean for learning designers? By Walkergrove 2014.

Cognitive Load Theory is a well researched, well proven and generally unchallenged practice of instruction that demonstrate...

September 19, 2018

Human memory isn’t organised like files on a computer. The brain organises memories with no logic, it cuts them up, adds irrelevant bits to them and organises them in multiple places with multiple meanings. It also alters and subverts memories to suit your own beliefs...

September 19, 2018

Psychologist Csikszentmihalyi says we can be creative or Creative. Small ‘c’ creativity he describes as that which does not lead to a change in the symbolic domain of the culture; so small scale, personal acts of indulging in a playful, intuitive process would be crea...

July 26, 2018

Knowledge first. Then skills. Then creativity?

This makes no sense to me. What knowledge do you refer to? Which skills and what form of creativity?

There are different knowledge domains according to the taxonomy you adhere to but these are commonly agreed:
1. Factual Kno...

December 30, 2017

Ok I accept this may be a fairly contentious blog post and that not everyone will agree with me, but here's my two penneth worth.

Outcome driven art
Most of the art in schools I see is outcome driven. In Primary schools it is the corridor display that determines the kin...

December 26, 2017

This lovely project can be done by pupils from primary elementary, Middle school through to Key Stage 3 Junior High. 

It simply involves using squared paper and marker pens or a computer to create well loved Pixel characters from the past or designing new ones!!! 


November 12, 2017

You can improve the level of skill and quality of outcome from your art students by teaching your lessons in a direct instruction method. I used to do it myself (pictured) and got an outstanding Ofsted lesson grade by doing it. I would pride myself on before and after...

February 5, 2017

Àfter several visits to Secondary schools over the last few months I'm beginning to see a new assessment model emerge where old levels are replaced with GCSE grade numbers. In this system Year 7 start at grade 1 until the end of year 9 where pupils are grade 3 and 'GCS...

September 30, 2016

I'm often reliably informed that art is an easier exam option, usually by people who have little or no direct experience of teaching art. Well I've taught Art, DT, Maths, Media Studies, ICT and English to exam level and I can tell you that this is nonsense. This miscon...

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Psychologist Csikszentmihalyi says we can be creative or Creative. Small ‘c’ creativity he describes as that which does not lead to a change in the s...


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