Year 10 BTEC Exam Prep

Scheme of work written according to a design brief and assignment deadlines.

There has been an exam added to the BTEC Sow so I have had to begin preparing the students for an exam which they haven’t had or been told about previously.

The BTEC course is quite structured, these students have had a lot of support for all units however they will have no input from the teachers.

To help students manage their time I have developed some sessions which are engaging and help them to understand the structure they need for a ten hour exam.

I decided to go away from the SOW and do something with the group that they haven’t done before in lesson. I split them into three groups on three different tables. In the middle of each table I put an object (vase, kettle, African mask) I asked the class if they had a pen or pencil to pick it up. I then told them to put them away out of sight and I didn’t want to see them again in the lesson. No pencils or rubbers. Something which initially panicked them but then they began to be a little excited about having something very out of the ordinary to do.

I put out a different material on each table: Vase – watercolour on white paper, ceramic kettle – chalk on black paper, African mask – biro on brown paper.

The students had 10 minutes on the first table they then rotated onto the next table and had another ten minutes the third rotation I only gave them 5 minutes.  I asked them to draw an accurate drawing and to include a lot of detail and begin to add tone…in 10 minutes.

The students responded fantastically. I was very impressed with how well they took to something new. I had one small behaviour issue which I dealt with quickly and didn’t disrupt the rest of the group.

At the end of the lesson I asked the students what they had learnt over half the class put up their hand to participate (Never had that many students in this particular group respond to a question at once) some of their answers were:

“How to manage our time well”

“To use our time wisely in the exam”

“Working quickly and accurately is important”

I am now planning an equally engaging and very similar lesson for their next session as I believe they hit the outcomes that I wanted from them perfectly. Hopefully with the next observational drawing lesson they will progress with their observational drawing accuracy since the prior lessons.

To teach or not to teach…

So I have done the degree bit I now can call myself Sophie Walker BA Hons.
Not that I will.

I went up and collected my certificate and can now go onto doing what I have put myself through all this hard work for! Teaching!

I have always wanted to teach Art at secondary school and so I am starting my teaching course in September, and I am very excited about it too!

Once I have started I can report back here and reflect on how I teach, and what I teach, and how I can be the best teacher to inspire my students to want to do art, and show them how to do all of the fun stuff I have done over the past years!


After intense thought and research

So after looking through mega amounts of exhibitions to see how ceramics and sculpture and objects are displayed and even looking at how museums display artefacts and collection I have decided that each cup has its individual ‘niceness’

I would like each stage of my making to be presented to the audience on an individual shelf.


If each object has its own shelf and they are displayed across a long wall then it will be like a timeline of the making of the cups and a timeline of how the last object became perfection although they are all perfectly made so they are all a perfect part of my collection.


Displaying a work where and how?!

It has been discussed I will take up a space in The New School House Gallery, which is a beautiful ceramic art based gallery in York, North Yorkshire. I have a good sized space but without knowing exactly what the work should look like once complete It’s difficult to decide whether it will work well there or not.

The issue now is HOW?!

Possibly displayed in a cabinet quite similar to the way Marcel Broodthaers has exhibited his works previously ‘squished in together’ like below.

Naming ceremony

To ensure a piece is given a context to be received well by the audience a title is always a good idea to have attached to the piece.

A lot of debate and exhausting every option checking connotations won’t clash I found the ‘perfect’ title!!

After trying and trying to produce a resin cup and saucer that is perfect enough to be added to a collection of perfect items I have decided on ‘Striving For Perfection’

As I have strived to create that one piece.

Alongside the title an artist statement is to be shown