Annotation, annotation, annotation…

Getting students to annotate their sketchbooks well in no easy feat… It’s either too much or too little, to wordy it sounds pompous and impersonal, or so basic it just describes an image with no analysis at all. I’ve tried word banks to help students, and analysis guides cased on the formal elements, but none of this was quite working. So I bit the bullet and produced a poster/handout that says everything that I find I’m always feeding back to students verbally about their annotation.

The Art of Annotation

It may be stating the obvious, but I’ve found it has certainly helped focus the mind for my students… There’s no excuse now for stating the obvious, or overwhelming the practical work with a lengthy essay. It’s a checklist advising them how to get the balance right.

GCSE and A level guidance on annotation

You can download it here in my TES shop, along with other handouts to help students develop the skills to become awesome artists (and jump through some exam hoops along the way). The download is also available direct from my web shop for £2 – just click here to be taken to the Paypal page and the link will be emailed directly to you. Visit my resources shop to browse other handouts and worksheets from felt-tip-pen.

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