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:
- 2B pencils
- fine line pens (tip size 0.4 mm)
- charcoal, medium thickness
- white chalk
- oil pastels
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
- Conté crayons (soft pastels), black, white, earth colours, sepia, burned sienna, etc
- Pens (with nibs) and drawing inks, including white
- Good-quality crayons, some sets in people colours
- Art quality coloured pencils, landscape and portrait sets
- Water colour pencils
- Metallic crayons
- Metallic pens –fine and broad
- Sketchbooks with cartridge paper pages
- Clipboards for outside drawing
- Black plastic viewfinders
- Magnifying glasses with flexible necks that clamp onto desk
- Lamps with flexible necks
- Collection of reproductions of works of art, filed according to topic or subject, or QCA art documents
- Collection of CD-Roms featuring works of art for use on computer and white boards
- Collection of artefacts for drawing
For more tips and lesson plans to support a skills-based approach to drawing, get Meg Fabian’s Drawing is a Class Act series for primary schools.
As you may know, our brains have two sides – a left and right side. The left side is very good at knowing and labelling things. So, what do we use the right side for?
Create a realistic one line drawing like Paul Klee (1879-1940). It takes a lot of concentration!
In these difficult times, with budgets being cut and uncertainties over how the changes outlined in the White Paper will affect schools, I was delighted last week to hear some good news for a change.
An independent research project funded by the Educational Publishers Council found that pupils in schools that spend more on professionally published resources improve faster than those in schools that spend less. Data collected from over 13,500 primary schools and 3800 secondary schools showed that schools that spend more on published resources were a third more likely to record above-average improvement in attainment. Here at Brilliant Publications, we invest thousands every year, at our own risk, developing creative teaching materials, so it’s wonderful to have independent confirmation that spending on published resources is still one of the most cost-effective ways of improving teaching and learning.
October is Big Draw Month with the Campaign for Drawing. To coincide with this Brilliant Publications have announced the launch of their new art series: ‘Painting is a Class Act’.
‘Painting is a Class Act’ follows on from Meg Fabian’s award-winning series ‘Drawing is a Class Act’. This series provides a structured approach to the development of painting skills at primary school level. With clearly laid-out plans these books can teach children a range of skills from the National Curriculum, including: art history, brush strokes, mixing colours, stencilling, and much more. Continue reading
October is Big Draw Month with the Campaign for Drawing, whose promise to continue their campaign until the phrase “I can’t draw” is no longer in the English language.
If you visit their website you will find news of upcoming events this month aimed at getting young children drawing.
Here, we share the same ambition, and would like to share with you two excellent book series for primary school art. The first is ‘Drawing is a Class Act‘ by Meg Fabian, which won the Global Learning Initiative Award for Best Curriculum Material at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. This three book series covers the entire primary school age range: Years 1-2, Years 3-4, and Years 5-6. Sample pages can be seen at the links above. Continue reading