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Are you new to teaching art, or an experienced teacher working in a primary / elementary school with responsibility for art? You might find the advice on ‘How to Organise an Art Lesson, or Guidelines for New Art co-ordinators useful. Perhaps you are looking for advice on how to teach a series of lessons on Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso? Or simply looking for inspiration to make your art lessons more creative or your art teaching more imaginative. There’s lots of articles here to enhance art education in your school.
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Art Education’s Battle to stay Relevant I have been involved in art education in schools for years before leaving and setting up my own art business. Initially, I provided schools with art workshops, but I now concentrate of producing Art History and Drawing Tutorials on YouTube. A few years ago I was in a secondary school in Reading, UK – lovely school – running a GCSE Inspiration workshop with around 60 15/16 year olds. I had a wonderful ... Read More
03 Jul 2019Paul Priestley
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Drawing Ideas for Older Children Art teachers why not give these ideas a try. Art lessons are always exciting and stimulating. What is Successful Drawing? Successful drawing is essentially about confidence, perseverance and developing drawing skills. All of which are greatly influenced by a student’s attitude to what you produce. I taught lots of students who could draw, but would under-estimate their abilities. They were dismissive of their work, or they lacked the confidence to see the value in their own work. ... Read More
02 Jul 2019Paul Priestley
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How to Organise an Art Lesson Check out my YouTube Channel for great Art History tutorials designed for schools Background 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 art and are a bit daunted by organisation and delivery of an art lesson? If any of the answers to these questions is yes, you need to read ... Read More
17 Oct 2017Paul Priestley


Learning to Draw During my time as an art teacher and when I ran my own company providing art workshops in school, the phrase I came across in every classroom I visited was, ‘I can’t draw’. After the phrase was uttered, the child would often produce little, or draw with such little interest nothing was created. Or they simply give up. I found this very depressing, but my attitude was not to accept it. My opinion has always been, if ... Read More
22 Sep 2017Paul Priestley