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Supporting students with art activities

While primary school curriculums tend to focus heavily on core subjects, such as English, mathematics and science, not much guidance is given to teachers when it comes to art. This is something that can impact the amount of teaching time that the subject gets across the school year.

To try and help promote art across primary school environments, author and primary art specialist, Emily Gopaul talked to the Guardian and gave a number of helpful tips for you to get creative with your students.

Start from the top
Get the whole school involved. Work with school leaders to produce an art curriculum for all levels, and get all staff involved in the planning process. The workload of building a full curriculum can be spread across staff members to create a structured plan that develops ability.

Link across subject boundaries
Once a plan has been created to support art teaching across the school, a good way to gently introduce students to the subject can be done by linking art to other, established topics. History lessons can be expanded to cover historical artists of the period, and science lessons can link to colour palettes and how different colours are formed in nature.

Shorten the classes
Rather than blocking out an hour a week to begin teaching, which can become unsustainable over the longer run, try setting out shorter sessions which can work round other subjects more easily. A 10-minute free drawing session or setting half an hour aside for a practice on construction art using simple materials can peak students’ interests.

Use what you have at hand
Try to use what you have to hand to create interesting art. Cardboard and yoghurt pots are perfect for either construction art or palettes and water pots!

It’s not always easy to find the time and support to get your students involved in art but try out these tips and hopefully you’ll be helping to form a new creative generation.

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