Teaching painting can be daunting for the non-specialist. This set of three books ( for ages 5-7, ages 7-9 and ages 9-11) takes the hard work out of planning art activities. The books set out the progression of skills to be taught for colour mixing, colour theory, composition and using watercolours and other media. They use works of art to provide examples of how skills can be applied.
Painting is a Class Act is aimed specifically at non-specialist art teachers, but more experienced art teachers will find it inspirational too. It contains carefully planned, clearly laid-out lesson plans which Introduce pupils to the skills of painting and which use the work of great artists and of children as examples.
Painting is a Class Act:
Provides a structured, skills-based approach to developing painting skills
Helps pupils develop a knowledge and feel for paints and colours
Provides pupils with a way to express their ideas and feelings – confidence and pride will ensue.
What are the absolutely essential art resources you need to deliver high-quality drawing lessons in primary school?
We all know school budgets are tight. And, sadly, art and design are rarely high on a school’s list of priorities for expenditure. Meg Fabian, the author of Drawing is a Class Act, says you can get by with surprisingly few absolute basics:
fine line pens (tip size 0.4 mm)
charcoal, medium thickness
Discount stores are often an excellent place to pick up art resources cheaply, but make sure you check for quality. Gradually extend your range a little at a time.
If you are lucky enought to have a bit more money, here are Meg’s recommendations for what a well-resourced art cupboard should have:
Drawing is a Class Act, Years 5-6
Drawing is a Class Act, Years 3-4
Drawing is a Class Act, Years 1-2
H, B, 2B, 4B, 6B pencils
Fine line pens (tip size 0.3 and 0.4 mm), water-based
Fine (tip size 0.4 mm), medium and broad permanent pens
Charcoal, thick and thin
Oil pastels, 25 colours, bright and subtle, extra white and black
Art pastels, good range of colours, including landscape colours