Ndebele Art project

This Ndebele homes art project is a favourite. The colourful designs characteristic of Ndebele art are so uplifting, and students really respond to working in this style. The mini houses produced are bright and eye-catching and students really take ownership of them. Ndebele Art If you have not come across Ndebele art before now, you […]

How to get high quality artist response outcomes

Artist study Responding to the work of other artists is a great way to generate ideas and inspiration for your students. By starting with a direct response showing their understanding of the ideas and aesthetic of an artist, students can later leap off in creative ways. Although copying an artist’s work is a valuable exercise […]

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 […]