About 50 art teachers from around the State will converge on the University of Tasmania’s Inveresk Precinct tomorrow for a professional learning day dedicated to both creating and teaching art.
At Art Works, Kinder to Grade 12 teachers will immerse themselves in a combination of creative practice and teaching practice through making, sharing and exploring the interconnections of art-making and teaching, alongside colleagues from the government, Catholic and independent education sectors.
The event will take place in the Inveresk precinct’s creative spaces, which include the University’s School of Creative Arts and Media, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and the Launceston Big Picture School.
Art Works is a collaboration between the Tasmanian Art Teachers Association (TATA), the University of Tasmania and the Department of Education’s Professional Learning Institute (PLI). It will enable the Tasmanian art teaching community to become better acquainted with how the University’s Northern Transformation vision might foster opportunities for their own and their students’ learning and engagement with arts and education.
The Art Works program features practical and theoretical workshops lead by University of Tasmania lecturers, PhD candidates and Indigenous scholars, as well as museum experts, artists, industry leaders and school art teachers from around the State.
Dr Abbey MacDonald, a senior lecturer in arts education, said initiatives from the Tasmanian art teacher community, as well as national and international recommendations for visual arts teacher professional learning, informed the program.
She said the collaborators understood the benefits of professional learning experiences that allowed artists, teachers and industry to connect, collaborate and create.
“When art teachers have the opportunity to engage in such collaborative professional learning experiences, they cultivate discipline knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions in ways that empower them to connect across the curriculum,” Dr MacDonald said.
Ms Katie Wightman, President of the Tasmanian Art Teacher Association (TATA), said the association was delighted to collaborate with the University and the PLI to deliver professional learning. “As a small volunteer association representing more than 100 members, TATA must work smart to support teachers in improving their practice, and we can only achieve that through cultivating partnerships,” she said.
The professional learning will help to shape content and activities that teachers will take back to their classrooms for 2020.