Hints and tips - 3 minute read
Karl Goodere-Dale, OCR Subject Advisor
During this difficult time, we are here to help you and your students. We thought the most useful thing we could do is draw your attention to a few great resources and tips to support your teaching.
We’ve taken a look at the useful resources available on the Internet and have come up with a list of links below.
Google Arts and Culture have a section called “Collections” which lists museums and galleries from across the world, useful for secondary research. The Guardian have also really helpfully created a list of 10 virtual museum and gallery tours that students can use in their research, as well as widen their experience of different gallery styles.
In addition to this, there is a very cool free app that is available called “Daily Art”, which can be used to stimulate conversation for a lesson starter.
BBC’s Bitesize pages are an excellent starting point for Key Stage 3 and GCSE. The site has almost everything covered, it has information about every endorsement route, from art, craft and design to 3-D design. Bitesize even has videos on how to do all the different aspects of the course.
To develop your students’ ability to communicate their personal opinions about art, the Terra Foundation has an amazing page with questions for students to think about when looking at an artwork. Whilst this is designed for the US curriculum it’s really useful for provoking art inquiry.
There are lots of other teacher-centric resources currently being offered by a variety of different organizations such as NSEAD, the Tate, V & A and Student Art Guide.
Perhaps a task you could share with your students that are working from home would be for each of them to find one task provided by a gallery that they could then share with each other.
To practice the creative and artistic side of our subject, there are a couple of websites that spring to mind specifically YouTube and Pinterest.
A couple of great channel examples are Kirsty Partridge Art and Karl Taylor photography. Pinterest is definitely worth getting your students to create a virtual class pinboard for subject related topics they find inspiring. On these sites you can find so many great step-by-step tutorials that students can use in flipped learning tasks – we also have lots of these promoted on our Twitter channel: @OCR_ArtDesign.
As always we are here to support you if you have any queries or concerns or would like to share resources that we’ve not included just post in the comments below. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up to subject updates and receive email information about resources and support.
Before joining OCR in September 2019, Karl taught creative subjects in both art and design technology for twelve years. With experience with a variety of roles, including as a Head of Department, in secondary schools. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching creative subjects at GCSE, A Level and BTEC. He has also previously worked as one of our examiners.