2nd Learning and Training Activities

2nd Learning and Training Activities

2016-06-20 09:30

20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th June 2016

The Goldsmiths project is focusing on an issues based approach to art and learning in primary education. Working from a thematic base, the project is paying specific attention to the issues of; Home – Belonging and Displacement. The rationale for our themes is based on the current socio-political discourse that is dominating public debate across Europe in regard to the Middle East refugee crisis.

Pedagogically the project is focusing on the creation of a very specific learning community. To achieve this we are working with one inner city school in South East London (two classroom teachers and the head teacher), eleven training teachers from the primary PGCE course at Goldsmiths plus two tutors from the program and the parents of a year four class from our partnership school.  One of the projected outcomes of the UK approach is that the school will become a beacon school for contemporary art practice and therefore (with further support from Goldsmiths), will proceed to become a training school for other interested primary schools across the South East region and London. This will be lead to the development of new relationships with galleries and museums –such as Tate and the Museum of Childhood (both of which are part of our program) .

The approach gives the project a potential coverage of twelve schools and hundreds if not over two thousand children and communities. We have appointed a lead artist who is currently working with the teachers and trainees to produce a body of artwork related to the themes. This work will be exhibited at our partner school in late May.

Further workshops will introduce the teachers and trainee teachers to the work of artists who are using a diverse range of contemporary media to include: Sound, film, animation and puppetry. Other workshops focus on relational art practices, drawing on the pedagogies of Freire, hooks, Dewey and Biesta. We will include some of these workshops in the program outlined below.

As part of our project the Crearte team will be co producing a conference/ seminar and workshop program with staff from UCL London and Armenian curator and academic Susan Pattie. You will note that I have planned that this two-day event will take place on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st June. However our involvement will not begin until the afternoon of Monday 21st.

I trust that you will see this as an opportunity to form praxis between theory, contemporary art, learning and social research.

20th June

09.00 – 09.45 - Introduction to the week – orientation and timetable

20th June

09.00 – 09.45 - Introduction to the week – orientation and timetable

10.15 – 12.00 – Visit to a primary school. Presentation of phase one process and outcomes. Review of learning & implications for classroom practice. An Introduction to Primary Education in the United Kingdom (Simon Wattam, John Donne Primary school). Place of Art in the UK Primary Education System (Alison Griffiths/ Aileen Kelly/ Simon Wattam ). Parallel: Observation of year 4 class (8 and 9 years) responding to the CREARTE theme (30 mins observation approx.)

14.00 – 17.15 – Welcome. NGO and artist presentations, giving or demonstrating examples of the kinds of work already ongoing within refugee camps and in host societies, enabling settlement and integration. Performances, storytelling and screening ofdocumentary films made and performed by refugeeartists from Syria, Iraq and North Africa who arecurrently living in the UK.

19.00 – 21.00 - Evening event. Performance by artists working with refugees. Performance by refugees/migrants (example of ongoing project).

21st June

09.00 – 10.00 - Coffee/tea and informal networking for future collaborations

10.00 -17.00  (split: 10 – 11:20 and 11:35 -1:00). Parallel workshops for attendees to experience the kind of work done by the artists and NGOs in context. Lebanon, Jordan and northern France.

22nd June

10.00 – 17.00 - Practical workshop: Contemporary methodologies - Narrative through to film.

23rd June

10.00 – 12.00 – Visit and workshop at the Museum of Childhood. Practical workshop with artist educator Delores Fasulo from the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood. Delores will explore narratives from British displaced children who were taken from children’s homes circa 1950 – 1970 and sent to join families in Australia.

14.00 – 17.00 – Tate Modern Learning Center. Gallery presentation.

24th June

10.00 – 12.00 – Workshop: Democratic methodologies in classroom practice.

13.00 – 14.00 - Review of workshops and evaluation.

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