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Primary Art Skills & Techniques

It would be impossible for me to cover every art skill and technique in detail on this whole website. There are so many to choose from and even a quick search of the internet is almost endless with possibilities. Usually however, art skills are divided into main sub-headings: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Design (which covers all manner of fields from graphic design to architecture and game design), Craft, Textiles, Ceramics, Digital art, Photography, Film and Sculpture. I think as long as you are doing some of the main sub-groups of drawing, painting and some craft activities every year then you are fine.

On this page there are some traditional familiar skills that are well used in schools around the world, as well as some of my own favourites. I have a full page devoted to drawing and I also do workshops and courses on drawing and paintings skills regularly. Please let me know if there is anything you'd like me to cover that is not on this page.

Primary K-6 Painting

Painting in the Primary school is of huge importance to art and design education in later years. If children are taught colour mixing and properties, control, dexterity and skills they will make the transition to Secondary High School art with ease and may just develop a lifelong love. Get it wrong and it's all too familiar to hear the cries of; "I hate painting!"

Of course you will already have some fabulous painting practice going on in your school and I'm sure your pupils get some great experiences. But teaching painting is not easy. You need a lot of technical know how and even then you need to be able to translate that into simple terms the children understand.

Things like handling the brush, painting straight lines, mixing tones, blending from light to dark, watercolour washes, acrylic paint are all important. This is before you teach colour expression, mood, technique and depth of field etc. Painting is a specialist area but don't panic. You don't need to be an expert yourself, just provide opportunities to paint and follow some of these simple exercises that are free to download.

Painting tips

Painting Tips

All ages

A powerpoint that outlines basic principles and housekeeping of painting. Great to print out andf post near the sink!

Free download

Colour theory

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

Tints & Shades

Tints & Shades

Age 7-14 

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

 

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

Imagination drawing

Imagination

Age 7-14

Sometimes the simple things work best! Working from imagination is often under used in the art room due to its unpredictable outcomes.

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.

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.

 

Free to Download

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

 

Free to Download

texture art skills

Texture

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

 

Free to Download

 

Podcast lesson plan

Podcast 

Shows you how to make a free podcast. Great for revision notes or guidance. Great way to make mp3's.

 

Free to Download

Flickr in art lesson plan

Online art gallery

This powerpoint shows you how to set up an online art gallery where you can instantly upload images of students work

 

Free to Download

blank lesson plan template

Lesson Plan Blank Template 

This lesson plan blank template is a Word document and is based on the old AQA template much favoured.

 

 

Free to Download

Benchmarking baseline testing in art

Baseline Test 

You cannot measure pupil progress if you don't accurately assess where your pupils are starting from! Recently updated.

 

Free to Download 

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.

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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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