In this issue:
- our 2020 team
- upcoming events
- key updates
- new resources.
Our 2020 Team
The Creative Arts curriculum team has grown! Cathryn Ricketts would like to introduce Kathrine Kyriacou who has been recently appointed as the 7-12 Visual Arts Advisor for 2020. Kathrine will be working to establish and support Visual Arts networks, to develop, implement and evaluate Visual Arts Professional Learning programs and to provide resources and subject specific support to Visual Arts teachers across the state.
Cathryn Ricketts 7-12 Creative Arts Advisor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathrine Kyriacou 7-12 Visual Arts Advisor | email@example.com
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Enrolling and completing a course from the list below, will contribute to 6.5 hours of NESA registered PD addressing 2.2.2, 3.3.2, 5.4.2, 6.2.2 and 7.2.2 from the Australian professional standards for teachers towards maintaining proficient teacher accreditation in NSW.
Search and enrol by copying the titles and course codes below into My PL.
- Taking care of business in dance RG04592
- Let's get it started in drama RG04607
- Playing to win in music RG04606
- Ain't no mountain high enough in visual arts RG04618
- Into the lens of photographic and digital media RG04609
- Thinking out loud in visual design RG04621
All courses are designed to reinvigorate teaching practice for new, out-of-field or returning teachers and are filled with fun and engaging practical activities.
The Creative Arts curriculum team has been working with Vivid Schools as they prepare for their 2020 workshops. This year students and teachers are encouraged to create light based sculpture works based around a theme. These sculptures are created at school and will be curated by Vivid Schools for exhibition. Students who participate will also be attending a workshop day where they will have the opportunity to listen to industry professionals and share ideas and experiences about their own work. The programs are linked to syllabus outcomes for teachers to be able to plan and integrate the learning experience for their students. More information can be found on the Vivid School website.
Stage 6 Visual Arts and the body of work - online course coming soon
The Creative Arts Curriculum Team engaged with The Arts Unit resources to develop a series of online professional learning courses for Stage 6 Visual Arts teachers. These modules engage with the preliminary and HSC syllabus and students and teachers who have been successfully represented ARTEXPRESS to unpack strategies for developing a successful body of work. Complimenting this is a series of interviews with ARTEXPRESS curators at regional galleries. Stay tuned for a release date soon!
Professional learning 2019 and into 2020
Knowledge and skills in Creative arts (KASCA)
Throughout 2019 we held face to face professional learning for the creative arts. On offer were a full day of professional learning based on the stage 4 and 5 syllabuses for music, dance, drama, visual arts, visual design, photography and digital media. Over 145 teachers from over 63 schools across New South Wales attended these face to face sessions. We presented in Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Lismore, Dubbo, and Sydney. Participants were able to reinvigorate and strengthen their knowledge of the stage 4 and 5 syllabuses. They also appreciated the opportunity to network and ask specific learning and teaching questions about their subjects.
As a result of the positive feedback we recieved, we will be continuing to run these courses and are taking them on the road to the Maitland, Nowra, Albury, Penrith and Coffs Harbour during 2020.
Teaching and assessing students' critical and creative thinking skills
Supported in 2019 by a Creative Innovation grant from the Learning and Teaching Directorate, Teaching and assessing students' critical and creative thinking skills in Visual Arts Years 7-10 was a professional learning project designed to make explicit the central role of critical and creative thinking skills in Visual Arts teaching and learning. The project was coordinated in partnership with Dr Karen Maras, School of Education, UNSW Sydney. Five secondary school Visual Arts teachers from metropolitan, rural and remote schools participated in the project researching, developing and implementing teaching and learning strategies within their Stage 4 and 5 Visual Arts classes that explicitly fostered students critical and creative thinking skills. The results of this project, including a research summary, suite of lesson plans from each teacher and accompanying resources will be shared with Visual Arts educators later this year through the Creative arts website.