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Calling teachers of Yr 4 : I need 5 more schools to take part in a randomised controlled trial in teaching drawing, can you help?

October 9, 2017

Who should join the mini trial? If you teach drawing to your pupils or would like to but don't have any formal art/drawing qualifications I would love to hear from you. I am looking for 5 more schools to take part in a randomised controlled trial to collect evidence and data for [...read more]

5 Weeks in to the term: Lesson 5 Tone

October 8, 2017

Lesson 5: Tone Five weeks into the term and my Yr4 pupils have completed five lessons specifically aimed at helping them learn to draw. Tone is the area between light and dark and is one of the main elements to learn. Five Main Elements Shape, Line, Light and Dark, Tone and Colour are [...read more]

Calling all Y5 teachers and T/As: Try this simple Art Club idea.

October 2, 2017

This example of a camera and puppy were taken from an after-school Art club. The children had a choice of two images and were given a blank corresponding grid. It was a challenge but as you can see the children did a great job considering this is only four weeks [...read more]

4 Weeks into the term and Teach Your Class To Draw is beginning to work!

September 30, 2017

Only 4 weeks into the term and Year 4 pupils are beginning to really develop their drawing skills. This example shows that the pupil is aware of shapes and tries to improve this in a second drawing. He still presses too hard with his pen but has got used to [...read more]

Calling all teachers of Year 5: Fancy something different?

September 30, 2017

Year 5 Food Sculpture Project This week I tried a simple project with my Year 5 pupils. It was busy and lively but worked really well. They made apples, bananas, pairs, oranges and a cup and saucer. I made the teapot with my 9 year old nephew for an example to [...read more]

Starting to see a change.

September 27, 2017

Starting to see a change. This sketchbook example shows how quickly Year 4 pupils change from using a simple symbol system to draw and move onto a different and  sophisticated element system. The Symbol System We use simple shapes to make drawings. A square with a triangle on top is a house. A [...read more]

Drawing is best to teach at the beginning of Year 4. This is an example 2 weeks in to the term and lesson 2.

September 27, 2017

Drawing is best to teach at the beginning of Year 4.  Lesson 2 Observation Drawing went well. When you look at these  sketchbook examples you can see the development through the drawing. Usually the second drawing. What went well is the children would try one drawing  knowing they get to do [...read more]

Who teaches children to draw?

September 24, 2017

Teaching Drawing Who teaches children to draw? Is it teachers or parents or both? And when do children need to learn to draw if they need to learn at all? Is it not the case that you either have it or don't. You're either talented in art or not! We all know people [...read more]

Going to try something new with Yr 5 this week, not sure it will work, but here goes! Part1

September 17, 2017

I absolutely love this book by John Plowman. It is so inspiring and uses everyday materials to make stunning creations. The challenge I have is delivering this to a class of 21 plus. What I have done initially is get my 9 year old nephew, George, to make [...read more]

‘Teach Your Class To Draw’ Lesson 2: Observational Drawing

September 17, 2017

I have just taught Year 4 observational drawing,  using the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EA9oSFgNtk) from Teach Your Class to Draw. Lesson 2 takes the geometric shape circle and shows pupils how to change that into a sphere and then an apple. In lesson 1 pupils practised drawing a cube, cylinder and sphere. For [...read more]