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.
Showing images of violence to teenagers
Music buying habits of teenagers, copyright and the remix