Teaching Methods Checklist

This file was prepared by Max Darby in April 2009


This file contains information about different teaching methods used by art teachers and the various experiences introduced to students to maintain their interest and enthusiasm.


Some of the inclusions are about actual teaching methodologies and some about the different nature of experiences provided for students by the teacher to ensure their on-going learning. Some of these are required by a sound Art Education Philosophy.




Some of the things students need to be instructed in are

studio techniques

working processes and procedures

using specialist equipment and tools

using materials and media

designing and composing art works

exploring and developing ideas

analyzing artworks

researching and locating information

recording and storing information

using reference material

writing for different situations

health and safety procedures

maintaining art rooms and spaces

using workbooks, diaries or journals

presenting artworks




Many of the things listed above can be included here and in addition demonstrations are also appropriate for

specialist skills and techniques such as cutting linoleum, blending colors, drawing using charcoal.

cutting and sewing fabrics

cleaning equipment and tools

mounting and framing of works

using design elements and principles



Encouraging experimentation and trialing

Students require time to explore and experiment with a range of things such as

materials and media

tools and equipment

designing and composing art works

interpreting ideas, themes and topics in different ways etc.

use of design elements and principles, for example, the use of color

writing and expression of thoughts and ideas



Leading Discussions

A range of discussion approaches and topics need to be introduced to allow students to develop confidence in thinking and talking about art.



These might include

formal and informal discussion situations

making a presentation to the class or to an audience

interacting and sharing ideas about art with peers

round table discussions

analyzing and comparing opinions about art

debating key art issues

negotiating with peers, teachers, administrators, parents

local and overseas artists, artworks or art movements

interviewing artists, gallery owners, historians, critics, etc

themes such as the figure, the landscape, abstraction etc.



Providing Guest speakers

Introducing and providing a range of speakers to suit the students’ needs such as


crafts persons

other teachers

past students

gallery owners

media personalities

designers, for example, fashion designers, product designers, graphic designers etc

art historians

art critics

art auctioneers

town and city planners



book illustrators

tertiary art lecturers or instructors


art suppliers and shops




Engaging Artists in Residence

Artists and people from related industries can provide inspiration and motivation, direction, ideas, role models of working practices, attitudes and approaches, technical knowledge and experience and could include



–  Professional artists

–  Local artists

–  Past or ex-student artists

–  Parent arists

– Teacher/artists

–  Art Critics

–  Art Historians

–  Artist conservationsists

–  Gallery owners

–  Curators

–  etc.



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