A unique Face to Face summer course that offers teachers the opportunity to explore the nature and educational value of partnerships between teachers and artists in supporting arts education in school communities (Mon 17th August – Friday 21st August 2020)
This Course potentially improves literacy, numeracy & well-being in all schools including DEIS. It will only be offered in Cork, Donegal, Kildare, Kilkenny, Monaghan and West Cork Education Centres (6 Centres) in 2020 and is supported by the Department of Education & Skills and Creative Ireland Fund
If this idea excites you then this course is definitely for you!
Many schools across the country are engaged in projects with artists, ranging from one-off artist visits to longer term projects, and in a variety of art forms. If you are currently engaged in such a project or are planning one for the coming year, then this course will be of interest to you. This course looks at the ways in which working with an artist in school can be enhanced in order to provide meaningful experiences for children and a lasting impact on school practice. Particular emphasis will be on the role of the teacher and artist, their unique contributions to projects and the significant benefits that can accrue from a dynamic teacher/artist relationship in the planning and implementation of projects. Placing the teacher/artist project within the overall Arts Curriculum in schools and exploration of practical issues will be central.
The Course draws on research in the field and looks at practical teacher/artist projects and partnerships that have been undertaken in schools recently. Various art forms will be explored and participants will have opportunities to explore their own creativity throughout the week.
Course tutors are teachers and artists who have been involved in such projects and participants on the course will include both teachers and local artists. If you are looking to improve your understanding of arts education, to improve Arts Curriculum integration in your classroom, to work with a Partner in the field of 'The Arts’, to engage with a professional artist as a way of improving your own arts teaching skills then this course is for YOU!
Schools Principals might consider this course in the context of the Government’s Creative Ireland Programme - featuring “Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child” in Pillar 1 (creative. ireland.ie) and the overall development of arts education in your school community. It may be useful to consider attendance, which includes more than one teacher or even whole school participation.
Schools, which were selected under the Creative Schools (Arts Council) or the Creative Clusters initiative under the Schools Excellence Fund (SEF) will benefit from participation also. Artists in various disciplines will train alongside teachers on this Course being offered in six Education Centres nationally.
The Teacher/Artist Partnership In-School Residency programme 2020 – 2021 will be available to participating schools in each of the participating 6 Education Centres areas listed. Only schools whose teachers participated in the summer course 2020 will be eligible for a residency/creative engagement.
Though public health advice is evolving daily in relation to Covid 19 restrictions, we think it prudent that all TAP residency/creative engagement elements associated with this year’s programme should be also planned as remote partnerships, where teachers and artists engage through technology.
The Summer Course and the Residency programme reports to date have resulted in positive outcomes for all stakeholders and demonstrate the exciting potential of this CPD model for teachers, artists and schools.
“An opportunity to train with an artist and not to be missed!”