- Each student’s past artistic experiences, including hobbies, art qualifications, exhibitions, commissions, achievements and competitions (if any).
- Where the students are ‘at’. Their present artistic ability prior to embarking upon the course. Examples of artwork will help clarify this point, which might be in the form of a sketchbook or a portfolio of paintings. This will help the student (and the teacher) see how the student has progressed by the end of the course.
- The art medium and/or the subject matter the student wishes to explore. This might be watercolor landscapes, or still life oils. In most cases, the students may not have such prescription, but simply to explore their chosen medium. However, the teacher needs to ensure the course module will fulfill any prescriptions.
- What each student hopes to gain from the course. This might be to complete several oil paintings for an exhibition, to improve drawing ability, to prepare a portfolio for an interview, to explore watercolor techniques, to learn how to do portraiture, or simply to exchange ideas with other students.
- Student’s special needs. By examining the student’s work and from collating the student’s viewpoint regarding his/her artistic level, the teacher may highlight a special need, which might be difficulty in with perspectives or colour mixing. In some cases, the teacher may need to draw up an ILP (an individual learning plan) which sets out the learning need and agreed art exercises that helps the student to develop.
- Student’s strengths. To offer a counterpoint to special needs, some students might have a natural flair for drawing, yet still exhibit a special need when it comes to shading techniques. This is known as an individual learning profile, and no two students will be alike. Establishing strengths will guard against art activities that do not offer sufficient challenge.
Ideas for Art Activities
Two opposing teaching methods
Painting alla prima
Step by step demo on how to paint flowers wet into wet
Cheap oil painting for students