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Foundations of a Creative Curriculum
Fri, 19 May 2017, 18:00 – Sat, 20 May 2017, 16:00 BST
Two Day Seminar:
Friday 19 May, 18.00-20.00 & Saturday 20 May, 10.00-16.00
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
A history of innovation in art and design education has cultivated generations of creative individuals. What can we gain by reconnecting with these pioneers and their experimental strategies?
This symposium offers a series of talks and practical workshops given by educators who have found inspiration in educational innovations of the past. Contributors include Beth Williamson of Tate’s Art School Educated research project and artist Katie Schwab (Art Review’s Jan/Feb issue Future Greats).
All attendees are invited to participate in the talks and workshops and through this engagement, discussion and debate, help us to reconsider the current and future state of art and design education in relation to its innovative past.
There has been a recent resurgence of interest in the history of innovative pedagogies in Art and Design education. Much of this interest has been focused around Foundation and the Basic Design Movement with associated notions of the creative child and the role of the artist teacher.
This new awareness has led to current teachers, lecturers and students revisiting a wide range of pedagogical experiments in order to revitalise, or reassess their own teaching and learning.
This symposium aims to examine these contemporary experiments and use them as provocations to the creative curriculum, our classrooms and our studios. In returning to the past, we find what might be important and of relevance today. What might we stand to lose if we don’t value our Foundations, past and present?
The symposium is open to all of those involved in education that are interested in the history of pedagogies in art and design and what they might offer their own teaching and learning. We would actively encourage teachers and educators at all levels both to contribute and to attend the Foundations of a Creative Curriculum event.
Foundation operates as a bridge between schools and university education in art and design. The symposium aims to form a dialogue across the educational sector. Delegates will include representatives from the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) as well as the National Association of Fine Art Education (NAFAE).
Prior to the Saturday talks and creative sessions for teachers and lecturers we will also be facilitating a Friday evening discussion between delegates, Senior Leaders and Advisors on Art and Design Education. This will take place in BALTIC Levels 4 and 5, 18:00-20:00.
All papers and documentation from the workshops will be collated into a ‘cookbook’ for the creative curriculum. Attendees will receive a limited edition publication recording the innovative history of Foundation Art and Design, related pedagogies and the contemporary responses, as experienced at the event, to reflect upon.
Returning to the strategies of publications such as The Developing Process, it is hoped that this symposium can challenge our preconceptions of the creative curriculum and current education of art and design.