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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 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...

September 8, 2016

The new school year is upon us and with it comes the annual uniform debate, or should I say war, because that’s what it feels like. At the centre of the controversy this year is one tough talking new school Head who wants to set out a no nonsense approach to his leader...

April 29, 2016

These beautiful wire flowers are ideal for older pupils to make using modelling wire. The same technique can be used for other designs too so encourage pupils to get creative and make different flowers and shapes, even tea cups and spoons.

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April 20, 2016

Ideas are often very difficult to find. You often end up staring frustrated at a blank piece of paper, wondering where on earth the inspiration will come from. So try Idea Mining the next time you’re stuck. This exercise involves applying the objective or purpose of th...

April 20, 2016

Assessment does as much harm as it does good. Overtime you labour over those purple pen comments or tedious rubric boxes that you have slavishly produced, please bear in mind that from the pupil’s perspective you have as much chance of damaging their learning as you do...

April 20, 2016

It’s very easy to get lost in the frantic world of teaching. You get caught up in the day to day and sometimes you forget what is at the heart of good learning. Here are some suggestions that I feel will help focus your teaching to create more effective students.

1. The...

April 20, 2016

It’s important, when teaching art to understand that there are many different approaches to the making process. More often than not, art teacher lean towards a ‘Teacher-led’ approach, where they plan every stage of the learning out. This is fine in many cases, but crea...

April 20, 2016

In order to teach art you should identify what you feel are the most important learning attributes, behaviours and knowledge that your pupils need to learn or demonstrate.

These aren’t just generic learning objectives that mean little to the pupils but should be deep, f...

April 20, 2016

Progression as Learning 

A while ago I developed this rubric based on Krathwold’s; ‘Blooms Revised Taxonomy 2001’ for developing learning targets in art and design. It was based on a similar thing I’d seen developed at Ohio State University for their Science students....

April 20, 2016

The pursuit of intelligence in education is extremely important to us as educators. SAT’s GCSE’s, A Levels, Degrees, are all barometers of our pupil’s intelligence and thus, our performance as teachers. How much have our pupil’s progressed under our tutelage, how effec...

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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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