Art Education

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.

A creative workshop 120 fifteen year olds in one day – art and language combined

From reluctant participant to beaming performer….in just three days

Art and student debt – Mart Veldhuis in Dordrecht

The luxury of a project, but the balance has to be right!

Why didn’t I think of this earlier? – The graphic novel, language and creativity combined

Grabbing your opportunities and pushing the profile of the art department

A flying start – migrating into the new school year

Getting twelve year olds to look carefully at Renaissance art and architecture

Art lessons, homophones and Ukrainian homophones

A proper open day at last

Its a simple idea…..using to look at colour and tone

Boys choosing fashion design….as sign of changing times?

What the art teacher did (outside of lesson times)

Are there artists too difficult to use in educational projects?

On learning not to fear the chaos……of a printmaking session

Cooperative and collaborative learning – lessons from the artroom

Finally “Viva la Frida” opens!

Can’t see the trees for the drawings – the start of the school year

“Do you think everyone will actually go for a walk?” – getting the landscape into the classroom

When needs must, Covid creative and educational choices…Minecraft in and out of the classroom

Digital presentation of pupils work, PR possibilities and a future assignment

Story telling, illustration and digital books, language and creativity in the art room

Art, language and typefaces (a design project with a CLIL extension)

What the art teacher did…..apart from just teaching

Art and language project – Merletcollege

The return of an ex-pupil to my (now digital) classroom

Materials problems and online art teaching

Reflections and results from the distant learning art room

Fashion, Digitalization and geometry

Perspective drawing and a crowd pleaser – instructions for painting

Perspective drawing and a crowd pleaser

A film of our times – with a Dickensian echo

Dare to think beyond the familiar – fashion design with teenagers

Using technology to make use of an analogue trick

Street art, but just outside the classroom door

Rineke Dijkstra, Rembrandt, Night Watching and our pupils in the Rijksmuseum

A secret art project…..and a unique opportunity

End of year… you just don’t get to the rest of the year

The eyes have it, in the history of art and in teenager art

The homework issue

The loneliness (and rewards) of the long distance examiner

Sworn to secrecy in Rembrandt year

Well-being and the arts (part two)

Well-being and the arts

Abstraction for teenagers

An ex-pupil, art history and medical observation

Reverse Perspective 2

Reverse Perspective

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)

Friday afternoons….

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