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.
In this project students will learn about tones when working with charcoal
Uses oil pastels and powdered ink. The technique in this lesson are great for sketchbooks.
Shows you the basics of using Indian Ink. It can be done by students at any level, & usually goes down well
I put this together as an introduction to using cut out shapes and textures. Good sketchbook activity.
Shows you how to make a free podcast. Great for revision notes or guidance. Great way to make mp3's.
Online art gallery
This powerpoint shows you how to set up an online art gallery where you can instantly upload images of students work
Lesson Plan Blank Template
This lesson plan blank template is a Word document and is based on the old AQA template much favoured.
You cannot measure pupil progress if you don't accurately assess where your pupils are starting from! Recently updated.
Free to Download
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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