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Art, Design and Media

Subject update | 12 April 2024

Art, Design and Media April update

Welcome to the April update from your Subject Advisor.  

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I hope you have all had the opportunity to enjoy a restful, well-deserved break and start the term refreshed and renewed.  As we enter the last few months of the school year, I know how important this time is with your students and we are here to support you with all aspects of your planning, delivery and assessment.

With the June assessment series fast approaching, there are a range of resources available to support you and your learners with preparation for the upcoming assessments, and I have highlighted these materials in my updates below. Also, I would like to wish you and your students all the best as we enter the last few months of the school year and I am here to support as you work to encourage your students to reach their potential.

Now for some important updates. Click on the link to your sector to read relevant updates for your qualification(s):

  • GCSE Art and Design
  • International GCSE Art and Design
  • A Level Art and Design
  • A Level History of Art
  • BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards
  • BTEC Level 3 Nationals
  • International BTECs
  • BTEC Higher Nationals
  • T Levels
  • BTEC Level 1 Introductory
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  Helpful Resources and Inspiration

Importance of the Arts in Education

The importance of the arts in education and the value they bring to young people is at the heart of what we do. Designing courses that give students an authentic creative experience is a priority and it is vital that we continue to raise the profile of our subjects in education and beyond. As such, below is a range of external resources invaluable to your wider curriculum development.

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National Portrait Gallery Schools Hub

Free online resources for Art & Design and History through the world’s largest collection of portraits. It includes more than 150 specially produced learning resources and videos, all linked to the National Curriculum, and developed by teachers, artists, historians and education experts.

Check out the Schools Hub resources

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The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure

This National Portrait Gallery exhibition on until 19 May showcases the work of contemporary artists from the African diaspora. As well as surveying the presence of the Black figure in Western art history, this exhibition examines its absence  – and the story of representation told through these works, as well as the social, psychological and cultural contexts in which they were produced.

Find out more about the exhibition

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Teaching Film Series

Into Film, the UK's leading charity for film in education, have launched their Teaching Film series, a collection of bitesize courses focused on short film production. The course has been designed specifically for educators delivering film qualifications to young people aged 14-19.

Visit the Into Film website to enrol

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The Superpower of Looking

Free teaching resources from Art UK that seeks to transform the visual literacy skills of children, taking the world of art and images as its starting point.

Check out The Superpower of Looking resources

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Wicked Active Learning

A cultural and social education programme for London’s stage musical Wicked, with free cross-curricular resources to download and support art and design teaching and learning.

Download free Art and Design resources for Wicked

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NSEAD The Big Landscape

A new resource that maps the breadth and scope of art, craft and design education, drawing together important research, essential definitions and examples of good practice to support teaching and learning in your centre.

Find out more about The Big Landscape

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Anti-Racist Art Education Resources

The NSEAD Anti-Racist Art Education (ARAE) resources help teachers to open up conversations and support a questioning of current art educator resources, publications and curriculums. 

Check out the NSEAD ARAE Resources 

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Winsor & Newton Articles

A range of interesting articles from Winsor & Newton that touch on the origins of colour as well as many other topics. These could be inspirational for teaching and learning in your classroom.

Read these free articles for inspiration 


 

Thank you!

I hope you found this update useful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and the team using the contact details below. 

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