Bolton based art teacher Sarah Crowther has been helping art teachers around the globe during the COVID-19 crisis. She runs The Arty Teacher website which provides downloadable art lesson plans, units of work and worksheets for art teachers. Since the closure of schools, she has been creating printable packs and work that can be easily emailed to students.
“When schools closed, I had two things on my mind. Providing lessons for my own classes and providing lessons for art teachers who had put faith in my website. It was clear from social media that art teachers were finding the thought of teaching from home incredibly stressful. I was determined to make it a little bit easier for them.”
The website now has a page dedicated to home learning which puts everything an art teacher needs all in one place. Blog posts with stage by stage instructions sit alongside videos and work that can be completed on iPads. Suggestions for how to create virtual gallery tours and how to use Google Arts and Culture all take a little bit of the stress away from teachers.
“The feedback from art teachers has been incredible. I’ve had messages of thanks from all over the globe. The Arty Teacher website has never been so busy.”
“Thank you for sharing such awesome ideas, you inspire me! Teaching online now and it’s a big learning curve.” Betsy Haskins. Art Teacher, Florida.
“Thanks Arty Teacher. This virtual teaching has my brain fried. That’s why I love your resources.” Deirdre. Art Teacher, Ireland.
“Teaching art online has been very hard and more demanding than face-to face art classes. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and like an apprentice regarding technology. A big ‘Thank You’ and a request: keep up the awesome work!!! You’ve been helping all art teachers in this fragile world…” Ana Luiza. Art Teacher, Brazil.