Are you a primary/elementary school teacher who has to teach art lessons, but you are not an art specialist? Have you just been appointed art co-ordinator or art lead? Have you just started teaching and art a bit daunted by the fact you have to teach an art lesson? If any of the answers to these questions is yes, you need to read the ...
17 Oct 2017Paul Priestley
During my time as an art teacher and later, when I ran my own company providing art workshops in school, the thing I came across in every classroom I visited was the phrase, ‘I can’t draw’. As a result of this phrase being uttered, the child would often produce little, or create with such little interest nothing much was created, or simply give up. ...
22 Sep 2017Paul Priestley
A discussion you may have with young people How often have we heard someone dismiss a piece of art because it doesn’t look real? It is almost as if a work of art has to conform to a given set of visual rules before it can be accepted as art in some people’s eyes. It seems that this means of judging art stems from the premise that ...
05 Feb 2017Paul Priestley
Drawing is the the fundamental basis of all art forms including painting; drawing an object lets us understand it, know it and learn more about it’s structure, not to mention how light falls upon it and plays tricks with our perception. Picasso used to say, ‘ I do not paint what I see I paint what I know.’ ‘Knowing’ an object well allows us to depict it in a way that ...
03 Feb 2017Paul Priestley