Art education is broad, very broad. But that’s the beauty of it. I teach classes from 12-16 year olds. Much of this is the practical artroom activity, the painting, the drawing but with a reasonable dose of art and cultural history. Add to this some digitaliztion and pupils working with iPads. And finally, for added complexity my role as a language teacher due to the fact that my lessons are taught in English to classes of Dutch children and you will start to get the picture of what I mean by broad.
The classes I teach to 15-16 year olds go a step further into art and cultural reflection and take in still broader perpectives, film, theatre, visual art, applied art, dance, music, etc. Its a specifically Dutch subject, requiring pupils to not so much produce art forms of their own, but to reflect on and think about those of others. It is a fantastic subject area to teach offering the chance to show how any number of cultural practioners work and how their work has a place and relevance in the world around us.
Below are a collection of my posts that relate particularly to the art and cultural classroom.
Well-being and the arts
Abstraction for teenagers
An ex-pupil, art history and medical observation
Reverse Perspective 2
The teenage photographic challenge
Stealing the physics’ department thunder…and a little art room magic
The photos I couldn’t possibly post….
But she’s got no clothes on!
Little People project
The power of the crowd (and small technical steps)
Capturing the imagination – a photographic remake
Visages Villages (Faces Places) – a film review….and educational possibilities
Surreal sculpture and the challenge of being creative with language
A tale of two sketchbooks continued…..
Feeling a bit like an artistic magician…..
Showing images of violence to teenagers
Music buying habits of teenagers, copyright and my quietest lessons of the year
Once in a while something special comes along – Cartomania
Digitalization – finding the right fit
Swept along by a film assignment – feel free to use the idea!
Photography, posters and teenagers bedroom walls
A simple exercise in tonal work
Street art in the classroom
Hieronymus Bosch, Chris Berens and Oss
The immigration issue and the role of education
Tonal drawing and a favourite non-Internet resource
Once in a while something special comes along…..
Grabbing the attention…..and making a point