Art Poster Free Downloads

January 2, 2020

In 2020 we hope the creative industries do as well as they did in the last decade. It is really important to encourage and inspire children from a young age. Here are two posters that show different careers in art. Download them from  

Measuring Teaching Drawing

November 24, 2019

One way to measure your teaching drawing is to compare drawings from the start of your lessons to the end. This is a good test especially if you are looking at specific elements such as shape, line, light and dark, tone and colour. Try using this assessment at the beginning [ more]

Drawing Trial Starting September 2018

July 11, 2018

It has taken many years to organise and to develop a way to help Year 4 teachers to teach drawing. I am so proud to announce that a small trial will take place in September to test the 'Teach Your Class To Draw' programme which is a series of lessons [ more]

The Beauty of Everyday Objects.

March 4, 2018

Everyday objects can be surprisingly beautiful and a great way for children to connect to art. In The Classroom Most primary schools will teach art in the classroom, and this can sometimes be restricting as all the other lessons are taught there. Space is tight and finding places to house art equipment [ more]

End of term activity art game: Words Together Game

February 5, 2018

  Words Together Game Try this game at the end of term with your class for a bit of fun in Art lessons. Show your class the above images and get them to guess what word the two images make. Once they have guessed the four words you could give show them the above [ more]

Teach Your Class to Draw.

January 29, 2018

Teaching pupils at Year 4. Teaching pupils at Year 4how to draw is really important because it is at this age that pupils begin to want to draw realistically. Before this stage in their development they use the Symbol System to draw, which is using symbols from memory to represent people, [ more]

Teach Your Class To Draw:Growth Mindset

November 4, 2017

Smiley Face For the last 3 years my Year 4, 5, and 6 pupils have successfully marked all work with a Smiley Face following the above chart. They do not cross any work out and by the end of year 4 after gentle but consistent persuasion to resist altering the faces [ more]

Snow Dog Christmas Card lesson

November 4, 2017

This was a twist on the Christmas Card snowman/animal lesson I did for Year 3 in previous post. The same lesson content as before but rather than the children drawing a snowman or snow animal we read the Snowman and snow dog. Looked at the video (such a treat) and then I gave [ more]

Beautiful Yr3 Christmas painting lesson

November 4, 2017

  This is a great lesson for Year 3 as it enables them to paint, collage and experiment in a 1 hour lesson. First part of the lesson Watercolour techniques: Taking Out using cotton buds, A Wash using blue and water. Using watercolours not ready mix paint. Pupils make a dark blue wash and [ more]

Step-by-step drawing books can be really good for independent learning.

October 29, 2017

For many years I didn't use Step-by-step drawing books with pupils as I always had enough material to use but since running a lunchtime Art club I have found that these books can be wonderful for independent learning. Also as the club is only 30 minutes it is practical to [ more]