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Art Skills Module

By The Arty Teacher - August 31, 2018

At the beginning of Yr12 at the start of the A Level course, we run a 4-week Art Skills Module.  (In the UK, students are 16/17 years old in Yr12) Each lesson, or a couple of lessons, is run like a workshop and introduces new skills.  Students arrive with skills learned during their previous course, but the skills module adds to those skills, which can all be drawn upon over the next two years.  It’s a prolific time when they produce a lot of work, and we deliberately push them outside their comfort zone to help them make the leap to this higher course.  I think if they pick up a couple of new skills, it’s a job well done.

Each year we choose a theme.  In the past, we have chosen ‘Garlic’, where beautiful garlands of garlic have been drawn whole, individually and broken open.  Another year, it was ‘Cacti and Succulents’ (see images above), another ‘Mushrooms’.   Each year, they push this theme to its limits, focusing on it for 4 weeks, which in itself is a lesson.  This year, we are using ‘Denim’ as a theme, which I’m excited about as it feels different from the previous natural forms.  The following table shows how we break the 4 weeks down, including homework.  You can right-click and save the image below or access a free editable version here, which includes a list of what needs to be handed in.

This is based on 6 x 50-minute lessons a week and 4 hours of homework.  The ‘T1′ and T2’ refer to Teacher 1 and Teacher 2. We have department cameras, iPads and access to Photoshop, so some departments may need to adapt this.  I’m sure you would all change this to suit your needs and create your own Art Skills Module!

Below are two useful resources should you wish to deliver this Art Skills module.  The first is a one-page resource which has high-resolution close-ups of denim to draw, paint or collage.  The second is a photo-bank of denim photographs which would enable you to do any of the tasks listed above.

Drawing Denim
Denim Images to Draw

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The Arty Teacher

Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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2 responses to “Art Skills Module”

  1. Cecil Sols says:

    Do you have art teaching material for children and youth ?..
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