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An animated process

Just a quick animation (to support a talk this week) about the underlying process model that has informed every version of the UK national curriculum in art for the last 25 years or so. It presents a diagram of the … Continue reading

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Some sensible ideas about assessment.

The NAHT have published a report about what should be done now about assessment which is eminently sensible. This NAHT Assessment Report is worth reading as it contains balanced advice based upon well grounded principles. There is also a helpful summary of … Continue reading

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Just spotted this really interesting sketchbook crit on vimeo

Student work uncovered – Sandra Kendall from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo. Looking up some of the work of Eileen Adams for a short course I am running next week I found some really interesting stuff on the … Continue reading

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Degrees of Loveliness

This is another of the ‘thinking out loud’ series about assessment without levels, exploring the idea of assessment based on internally defined measures of progress, rather than externally defined measures of achievement (national standards-levels). A conversation the other day led … Continue reading

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Sketching a new model

The more I think about it, the more I feel that potentially the most significant feature of the new curriculum is that it could mark the demise of the, worthy but ultimately flawed, QCA Units. I’ve written more on the … Continue reading

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#artnatcurricKS1 #artnatcurricKS2

I was preparing a talk for some headteachers and thinking about the bottom line, the minimum entitlement, the art programme of study in a nutshell. It was hard to find the minimum prescribed content and idle speculation led to wondering … Continue reading

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Drawing ideas

Just noting a new resource from Paul Carney an ebook ‘Contempory Drawing Practice‘. As always with Paul’s work it is rooted in his own classroom practice and informed by a passion for the subject and years of experience as a teacher, artist … Continue reading

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A Brief Briefing

OK the new art curriculum is out now. The aims retain the core principles that have informed all previous versions – there is a continuity of underlying practice and principle. Children will continue to develop ideas, develop skills and make … Continue reading

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On second thoughts

It feels wrong after all the rants and indignation but – I’ve just spent time with the revised (almost) finished version of the art curriculum and I think it may be not so bad after all. I am doing some … Continue reading

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The Draft National Curriculum translated

The draft national curriculum for art and design is not really very good. So here is an attempt to interpret it. In truth it need not stop you doing what you want and it does contain, hidden within it, a … Continue reading

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