Primary INSET : Teaching Art like a Specialist



It would never be acceptable for your pupils to say “I’m just no good at maths/ reading / science..” or any other academic subject, however pupils deciding that they are just naturally “no good” at art goes unchallenged in our classrooms. Too often the misconception that people are either born with artistic ability or not is able to permeate into our schools. Teachers also feel less confident in delivering the art curriculum because they feel they are not ‘artists’.

This course aims to put these unhelpful views to bed and give teachers the confidence they need to deliver art with passion and enthusiasm and help bring out the artist in all their pupils.

INSET Outline

Think like an artist:

Strategies to encourage pupils to plan and develop their ideas and work. Tackling misconceptions about art ‘fixed’ ability. Encouraging creative thinking.

Art techniques:

Looking at pencil and sketch techniques. Understanding light, tone, perspective and viewpoint. Progression in art techniques. Different paint techniques and contexts.

Digital Art:

Introduction to a range of free, open source art software. Understanding vector and raster graphics types. 3D drawing. Using layers and effects. Digital photography and art. Using online tools to showcase art work.

Art Planning and Assessment:

Building a comprehensive framework for art teaching and curriculum coverage. Assessment approaches for art work. Self assessment and AfL techniques. Capturing the creative journey. Building portfolios. The importance of exhibitions, whole school themes and display.

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