Five websites every art teacher needs

With the Art exam season now in full swing, I thought I’d dedicate this post to five fantastic websites providing excellent exam support resources.

These are some of my favourite online exam resources for art students and teachers.

Websites every art teacher needs

  • Tate Exam Help – This resource covers only some of the exam themes, but the ones that are on there are covered really well. It’s great to find a site with commentary linking the artists’ ideas to the theme and to one another. Plus I love that it introduces me to artists and works I didn’t already know.
  • art2day – A fantastic resource for finding fine artists and photographers to inspire students or link the their individual projects. There are sections focused on different media which you can browse through. Alternatively there is a search function, though you have to donate to the site to gain access to this.
  • Student Art Guide – Brilliant for exemplar sketchbooks to inspire students and help demonstrate teachers’ expectations.
  • PhotoPedagogy – Aside from excellent resources for photography teachers, this site also features some great photography student sketchbooks with accompanying notes.
  • The Art Story – This website focuses on modern and contemporary artists. It has a great, clear layout making it easy to use. The Art Story is the best example I have found of presenting key information about an artist. Analysis of artists’ work and context is set-out alongside relevant biography. The writing style and ideas are accessible too. Students can get high quality information on the 319 artists currently featured.

Felt-tip-pen online resources

And of course there are the resources on felt-tip-pen aimed at helping teachers support their students which I also think are pretty good! Here are a couple:

  • A level exam booklet – A four-page printable to give a bit of structure for a great exam project. Plus some key reminders to students of what is needed.
  • GCSE exam preparation – A blog post about ensuring students make the most of the period leading up the exam. Helps to eradicate the problem of students turning up on exam day with no ideas, or a completely random piece in mind.

Needless to say, this list is not exhaustive and I’d love to hear your go-to websites for support, resources or ideas.

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