Artists inspired by nature: five resources to engage students

Ideas and resources for artists linking to the natural world #inspiration #botanicalart #artsed

Inspiration from natural forms Training to become an art teacher, I found I was surprised and encouraged by the endless fascination that seems to stem from working from nature. Thinking specifically about the natural world, I have been charmed by how young people are so happy to focus in on the wonder of organic forms. […]

Improve students’ art vocabulary

Lots of my resources focus on getting students to be able to think about and discuss artworks in more depth. Rather than formulaic construction of slightly dry sounding sentences about the artists’ use of line, tone and colour, I’d like to see students provided with the language to speak meaningfully about their responses to images. […]

Why is artist research so difficult?

I love learning about new artists; new ways of doing things, what was going on culturally at the time, interesting personal lives etc. But recently I’ve realised that my enjoyment of artist research is built on many years of accumulating knowledge and that much of the vocabulary and contextual background that I take for granted […]