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Reggio inspired Materials for Preschoolers and Toddlers

Reggio inspired Materials for Preschoolers and Toddlers | Helen's Teaching and Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
In a Reggio environment materials are carefully selected for their potential to enhance learning and discovery.
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Interesting article exploring children's relationship with materials and what materials are successful 

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Skype in the classroom

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Skype in the classroom is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom. Meet new people, talk to experts, share ideas and create amazing learning experiences with teachers from aroun...
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I have used Skype in the Classroom to interview "the mad professor" who create the Iron Man whilst teaching about Ted Hughes (really he was the Deputy Head's Friend!) It's a great tool and can get the pupils' really involved and their imaginations running. It would also be useful to talk to real people in real places about their jobs etc. 

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Pop Art Clay Portraits - Lesson Plan - YouTube

Learn about pop art icon Andy Warhol and emulate his mass-produced, colorful, silk-screened portraits -- on clay! This lesson teaches a unique transfer metho...
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Focus: Art lesson on Pop Art Clay Portraits.

Doing this activity in an art lesson would be a great experience for the children, they would enjoy the process and it would give them an great piece of artwork to be proud of, which is important. The technique is not too complicated but has different stages so would keep the children engaged and give them a sense of achievement at the end. It would also be a possible activity for a large class. 

You would teach the children some important art history about Andy Warhol and the pop art movement, inspiring their creativity. This would give them some context and an idea about an important time in art. Pop art could be a great topic to study over a few lessons as there is lots to explore.

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The art of technology - News - Education Executive

The art of technology - News - Education Executive | Helen's Teaching and Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
It is no secret that ICT is impacting on education in a massive way. However, there are certain subjects where the benefits of integrating technology might not be as apparent. The emotive reaction from ...

Via Allan Shaw, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Intredting article about the importance of ICT and technology in lessons. The impact on how we teach and what methods we can use and how much technology can help us. However it is also important not to rely on it too heavily and use it appropriately, with a good balance.  

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 30, 2013 4:56 AM

As one who used very simple and clunky animations software twenty years ago in the classroom, you'll find no argument with me in using digital tools for students to express their creativity and to learn creative processes.

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Primary Art - Through the Hedge - YouTube

© Crown Copyright. Provided by The Artists' Guild http://tag.ac/ Further resources available on http://tag.ac Licensed to The Artists' Guild, formerly Arts C...
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This is a great video for teachers to get some ideas for an interesting art lesson but also some great examples of what  a successful upper primary art lesson should include.

In this video there is good use of simple art vocab e.g 'forground' and 'perspective' - it is important to introduce children to art terms and phrases.
This lesson uses a View Finder which i find is an excellent tool for children. It helps them to get more hands on and involved, they experiment with different angles and view points. They enjoy moving about and it makes the art and the lesson more alive and interactive.
The use of a camera mentioned in this video is important. Didgital means can help some children who struggle with creative subjects or drawing as they don't have to start with a sketch. It gives them a clear starting point and they can often relate to it more easily.
Showing examples of other artists work at the start of the lesson and later looking at examples of other children's work gives the class confidence in what they can cachieve and an idea of the outcome and what their lesson goal or objective is. Some children struggle to visualise what they need to do with description alone - examples are and important way to help them envisage thei goal.
The teacher also does and example in front of the class to show them visually what to do. Children learn in various ways so it is helpful where possible to demonstrate and describe visually, verbally and in writing.
The video gives good advice about ensuring that art materials are set up beforehand. This is important in keeping a lesson flowing, preventing mess and chaos and ensuring 'swift transitions' between activities.

There is a mention of having well mantained paint brushes. I think it is important to have quality resources and materials (where possible), old or ruined brushes or paints encourage messiness and don't teach the children to respect the tools they work with. High quality paper etc also encourages and higher quality outcome and something the children can be proud of. 

At the end of the lesson the teachewr shows some of the children's work and they discuss it as a class. This is an excelent way for the children to reflect on what they have just done, see the works others have done, recieve possitive feeedback and to get them used to talking about and discussing Art. 

 

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Primary school art training program opens in Belize

23 primary schools and approximately 50 students and teachers will benefit from a six-month pilot project aimed at teaching educators the benefits of daily a...
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Great idea for a project! art lessons everyday 

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Exploring Symbolism: Your Life as Abstract Art

Exploring Symbolism: Your Life as Abstract Art | Helen's Teaching and Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
Introducing abstract art to young students. These elementary school students then make their own abstract art using their own life's journey. Great for students in grades 3, 4 and 5.
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The focus of this lesson is for the children to create an abstract piece of art which symbolises a map of their life. 

The teacher uses photographs as resources to show the children examples of other artists. She encourages the children to think critically about the piece of art and think for themselves - this is an important skill that the children should learn. It will help build the children's confidence and ability to discuss and consider works of art. 

The teacher discourages the use of the interactive whiteboard - I think she is right, that sometimes it is good for the children to be able to look closely at the art works and examine them with a partner. Discussion with their peers is important. It will help them to become more involved in the work and not drift off or loose interest. 

After the children have discussed in pairs and made their own notes, there is a class discussion where they share their ideas - an important way to learn and expand their ideas and gain confidence. 

Next the teacher does and example for the children before they start their own work, this is very important as it helps them to see what to do and where their work is leading. This is also important when tackling something conceptual like abstract art as it could be quite confusing to some children. 

Once the children have finished the main activity the teacher instigates "Gallery Time" which i think is a great concept -  it allows a calm and sophisticated atmosphere for viewing their art and gives them a real chance to see and appreciate what others have done. It also shows to the pupils that all their work is important and can be viewed and discussed. It gives them a chance to think on their own and "develop their own ideas" about the art, before discussing it together as a group. 

Here she also introduces "post-it praise" where the children place post-its on the pieces of art they like with their comment, giving them a chance to articulate their thoughts and give each other encouragement. 

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Incredible Art Department | Art Education

Incredible Art Department | Art Education | Helen's Teaching and Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
The Incredible Art Department is for art teachers, art students, parents, homeschoolers and artists. IAD includes information on art jobs, art careers, art schools, art education, lesson plans, visual art news, and art resources.

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Renee Maufroid's curator insight, April 10, 2013 1:37 AM

A lot to explore!

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Watercolor "Crunch" - Lesson Plan - YouTube

Traditionally, eggshell mosaics are made by first dying then positioning each shard individually — a time-consuming and delicate process. This project introd...
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This is a great activity to ty in the classroom because it is simple but effective and would appeal to the children. I thimk they would enjoy breaking up and playing with the shells, workig with a familiar material in a new way. It is also an easy technique which could be incorporated on different kinds of projects, or as a project on its own. It is quite versatile. 

This also presents the opportunity to introduce some art history to a lesson, showing examples and discussing the use of eggshells in ancient art and the different cultures which use the technique in Africa and Asia. 

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