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Art books are great to have in the classroom

Are you looking for some useful books to add to your classroom? Sophie shares her suggestions which a particular focus on art. 

Now it is the holidays it is a great time to stock up on resources and here are just a few art books which I would truly recommend. ‘365 things to make and do’ by Vivienne Bolton is a children’s book on useful arts and crafts. This book is a very good buy and a great tool to have in the classroom, there are many different versions of this book and all of them are very useful and resourceful. It allows children to build on their creative skills and imagination. It can teach them key life and motor skills. The book has creations for every type of occasion you can think of. It also contains different sections of building and ways that the children create their piece of work.

Within class you can either use this book as a simple resource to create something as a class. It has easy to follow instructions, which also allows the children to follow it independently. So you can also leave the book on the table in a bit of free time or golden time and it is amazing to see the children working on their own through different tasks. It allows the children to create masterpieces without very many resources, a great tool and very easy for the children to engage in.

Another book that is great to have in the classroom is ‘13 Artists Children Should Know’ by Angela Wenzel. This introduces children to many different styles of art. There are several books in this collection so it is often best to choose which one suits your topic the most. However, all of the books will introduce the artist and their history, brief techniques and examples of their work. This will allow children to learn with a simple book in order to give them insight into the creation of work. I have found that the book is not as heavy as teaching the children a full background of the artist and it gets the children’s curiosity of creativity flaring.

This last book is one for you to read as teachers. It is called ‘Teaching Primary Art and Design – achieving QTS’ by Paul Key and Jayne Stillman. This book takes you through each individual development stage in Art and shows the meaning behind why you are teaching them. For me this gave me a true insight behind Art and the stages the children have to go through. It shows you new strategies and activities to unlock creativity and allows all individuals to express their own ideas. This is a good read and it will help your classroom techniques if you do not feel comfortable with teaching Art.

Here are the book titles that Sophie mentions:

What resources to recommended collecting for your classroom? Email your suggestions through to Megan ( and we will compile and share a list. 

Sophie is a primary teacher who is currently working with our Bristol branch. Sophie has become a regular blogger for Protocol Education and she covers a wide range of topics.

Tags: SophieW, Bristol, NQT, art, resources, teaching, ideas

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