Ten Minutes, Five Times a Week
“We’ve loved it! The classroom is now full of drawings!”
What, Who, Why and How
What is Ten Minutes, Five Times a Week?
Ten Minutes, Five Times a Week is a simple set of drawing exercises designed to get people drawing. Aimed at a broad audience, but designed in particular with teachers in mind, we hope you will use Ten Minutes, Five Times a Week as a way to introduce drawing to your pupils, and to begin to explore how AccessArt can help enrich art teaching and learning in your school.
Ten Minutes, Five Times a Week explores developing observational drawing skills, but we hope to develop other Ten Minutes, Five Times a Week around other themes in the future. Register below and we will keep you updated.
Who is it for?
The exercises are completely adaptable for all ages and abilities, but in particular we envisage teachers using Ten Minutes in primary schools with Key Stage 1 and 2.
We are certain you and your pupils will enjoy the process of beginning your exploration into drawing, and that you will see great results very quickly. Each exercise is designed to give non-specialist teachers the confidence to approach drawing, by commiting to regular, brief drawing activities for just one week.
What might the benefits be?
Our experience has shown the following benefits from similar projects:
- Improved drawing skills and improved creative confidence.
- Improved dexterity (which also helps with handwriting).
- Help children transition between parts of the school day (i.e. from coming in from outside to focusing on learning, or from one type of learning activity to another).
- Improved concentration.
- Improved sense of wellbeing through the mindful element to the exercises.
- Improved confidence amongst non-specialist teachers and classroom assistants in teaching art.
How might you fit it into the school day
Ten Minutes, Five Times a Week would make a great activity to start your school day. Try swapping your usual morning activity with this challenge, and see how it impacts upon the week. You could also use the exercises immediately before any other art lessons as a way of helping pupils transition and tap into their creativity.
It’s worth noting that it doesn’t need to be a one-off venture: you can repeat the exercises as often as you want. The drawing skills gained over the term will be considerable.
How do I get started?
Please sign up via the form below. All the information you need to get started is available on this page – please scroll down for the exercises which form Ten Minutes, Five Times a Week.
Sign Up To Ten Minutes a Day!
All AccessArt members can take part in Ten Minutes, Five Times a Week, but if you’d like to register then we will be happy to help you with any further guidance you may need. By registering you agree to receive emails from AccessArt. We do not share your information with any one else, and you can of course unsubscribe at any time.
Before you Start…
Before Each Session
The following exercises work best if the pupils work quietly and with concentration. The children generally find the exercises absorbing, and fun.
After Each Session
Take 2 Minutes to Reflect
At the end of each session, it’s worth investing two minutes in getting the children to walk round the room to look at each others work. Seeing what others have done, and reflecting on their own work is a valuable part of the drawing exercises.
At the end of the week…
Go Back Over…
Find space to display some of the work, and make time to revisit the exercises to give pupils the opportunity to be able to articulate what they were asked to do, how they found the exercises, and to reflect upon their progress over the week.
The Five Drawing Exercises
Day 1. Continuous Line Drawing
Day 2. Backwards Forwards Drawing
Day 3. See 3 Shapes
Day 4. Thoughtful Mark Making
Day 5. Making Stronger Drawings
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