Culture Street
Gordon Cheung - teachers
You can include ArtisanCam in your teaching in a number of ways, from classroom activities guided by the classroom workshop video clips to research using timelapse, techniques, influences or questions sections or using the interactive online learning tools. Featured artists usually have seven sections and the table below will tell you what you should expect to see:

Through using the site, and being encouraged to discuss, reflect on and modify the work they produce, pupils will know, do or understand the following:
  1. identify the materials used in painting [see 'workshops' - 'painting classroom workshop'].
  2. identify techniques used in producing paintings using a variety of materials [eg. collageing of images from the internet and from digital photography, ink, spraypaint].
  3. create a series of paintings using the techniques outlined on the site ['workshops: - painting workshop'].
  4. create a virtual work of art using the online Paint Studio activity ['workshops' - 'Paint Studio'].
  5. realize that there are contemporary artists who create art as a living [passim].
  6. understand the motivations behind the choice of art as a career ['questions'].
  7. understand that an artist's beliefs can influences their work ['questions'].
  8. explain how they made their paintings ['workshops' - 'painting workshop'].
  9. to make comments about their work, showing understanding of why these materials are used.
  10. to review what they and others have done, say what they think and feel about it and what they might change.
You may find other ILOs equally or more applicable to your pupils' needs.
cross curricular
Gordon Cheung/Influences

Gordon's parents lived in Hong Kong and Chinese technique and culture has influenced his fantasy landscapes. See particularly the Questions and Influences sections.

Citizenship KS 1/2
The painting Wreck of Hope took about twenty days to complete and has been captured in a timelapse video including the opening at Standpoint gallery, London.
Gordon Cheung is demonstrating techniques used in the production of his work and the painting Wreck of Hope in particular.
We took Gordon to the British Museum. He chose an item from Gallery 33, a Chinese calligraphy pen. Gordon's re-telling of a Chinese legend in the Myths and Stories section has potential for cross-curricular work in a variety of areas, most obviously English and R.E. Gordon's identity as British Chinese could stimulate discussion in Citizenship or provide a starter for a Philosophy for Children session.
 For more on how to use the traditional Chinese brush, explore 

classroom workshops
The painting workshop uses the following materials:

  1. Brushes
  2. Cotton fabric
  3. Fabric dyes and extender base or medium, these can be purchased pre-mixed
  4. Felt pens

You may also find these things useful:

  1. Plastic sheeting for the floor
  2. Aprons
  3. Plastic top tables


  1. Any workshop involving fabric dyes can be messy.
  2. The simpler designs maybe more effective
  3. Do not allow the felt pen to stay on the fabric long or it will bleed
  4. Try and get the children to work quite large.
  5. Do not move the fabric until dry and then iron on the back to fix.
Within this section, there are three types of questions; those asked by us, those that have come from children via the live video conference links and questions submitted via the submit button. We encourage the submission of questions but please be aware that we cannot guarantee that the question will be featured on the site. Please try and keep the question reasonably short and questions likely to be successful are those which are different to the ones already on the site.
other interesting sites (relating to this terms activity)

For additional information about Gordon Cheung and examples of his work, go to

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activity - Paint Studio
Paint studio allows the user to use similar tools to painter Gordon Cheung including spray cans, Chinese ink and images from a computer.