"An artist cannot fail. It is a success just to be one". - Charles Horton Cooley
For the last ten years, Michele Jones has been a key presenter in Visual Arts at CAM ART Craft & Technology Pty Ltd in Ricketts Road, Mt. Waverly. With extremely limited ongoing practical, relevant and meaningful professional development for teachers and librarians in the area of Visual Arts throughout Victoria, Michele was prompted to approach a company who was prepared to provide the premises, resources and support for this initiative.
Throughout the years, teachers have been invited to attend these workshops, where they share and learn from each other, fine tune their visual art skills and develop learning strategies based on current best practice teaching pedagogy. These successful workshops now draw teachers from both metropolitan and country Victoria, as well as from the Education Department and the private school sector.
The following workshops have been scheduled throughout the year for the teaching community only.
Workshop 1. - "WHAT NOW?" FEBRUARY
With the introduction of the Victorian Curriculum, there have been some major changes to the way in which we develop, plan, implement and deliver visual arts curriculum to our students. In this workshop, beginning art teachers in particular, will experience a valuable insight into:-
• A further understanding of the rationale behind the Victorian Curriculum
• Implementing a VICTORIAN CURRICULUM Visual Arts planner to document units
• Planning inquiry units of work related to classroom programs / VIC. CURRIC.
• Excellent time management ideas that engage challenging students
• Effective whole-school displays for limited spaces and tired corridors
• Raising the profile of Visual Arts within your school without too much stress!
Workshop 2. - "IT'S ALL ABOUT ME!" MARCH
Looking for some brilliant ideas to enhance a Term 1 inquiry unit about “Being Me” to start your year off with a bang? Wanting to move away from the traditional posters and collages and incorporate some new art resources? Then this workshop might be just what you need! Participants in this workshop will be given the opportunity to explore some simple yet stunning new ideas for decorating those bland classroom walls and corridors, while focussing on individual student interests and information! Using card templates, photographs, body shapes and a wide range of mixed media materials for embellishment, these activities can be used across all levels and will create great interest and enjoyment amongst your students.
Workshop 3. - "OH WHAT WEBS WE WEAVE!" APRIL
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to some simple yet affective ways of implementing a weaving unit across Years Prep to 6. An area of study that is so often overlooked or has become tired and uninspiring, this session will show that whether you are using papers, natural materials or threads and textiles, the results can be amazing and the activities may even encourage our students to continue these skills beyond the art room. Come and see how to create simple looms from card, cups and paper plates, how to produce some crazy creatures and items using paper strips and even a dream-weaver using feathers, beads and wool scraps that you may have even thrown out!
Workshop 4. - "MASTER CLASS!" MAY
As part of a comprehensive Visual Arts program, it is essential that our students be exposed to the work of a diverse range of famous artists both past and present, whose styles and techniques still have an impact on society today. This workshop will show how to introduce such artists as Matisse, Monet, Hundertwasser, Cezanne, Georgia O’Keefe and Picasso, to name a few, in a fun, innovative and relevant way that will engage and inspire students of all ages. These activities will include painting, collage, drawing, printing, modelling and threads and textiles and would form a perfect unit of work that could be covered across an entire term in all year levels. If it is an area of study that you have struggled with before, then this is the workshop for you!
Workshop 5. - "THE DREAMING NOW" JUNE
Looking for some brilliant ideas to enhance an Indigenous Unit of study in your school? Want to move away from the traditional art forms and colours? Then this workshop might be just what you need! Participants in this workshop will be given the opportunity to explore the art of some amazing modern Indigenous artists and then use their styles, techniques and ideas to create a range of artwork using print-foam, calico, fabric paints, kindy glitz and a wide range of mixed media materials to embellish these pieces. Other links to this workshop could include units on Endangered Animals, Threads and Textiles, Book Week Characters, Australian History and Literature-based units of work.
Workshop 6. - "WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH!" JULY
With the huge push towards making our students aware of environmental sustainability and the impact that we can all have on the health of our planet, a visual arts unit using a combination of recycled materials and mixed media resources, can prove extremely rewarding and beneficial. In this workshop the participants will be given the opportunity to use newspapers, magazines, books, cartons, bags and paper scraps to create some amazing works of art. Suitable for all year levels, it will fit in perfectly with classroom inquiry units on sustainability and it will offer a meaningful insight into how art can be expressed in so many ways. Heaps of fun and definitely not a strain on the art budget.
Workshop 7. - "BOOK WEEK" AUGUST
Ideas spring from not only the Book Week theme, but also from the short listed books and their illustrations. Activities undertaken can be linked to literature and Inquiry Units that arise throughout the year.
Workshop 8. - "TIS THE SEASON!" SEPTEMBER
With Christmas fast approaching, this practical workshop has been designed to show participants a diverse range of simple yet effective ways of creating decorations for a Christmas tree. Come and see exciting methods of transforming those empty branches using foils, aluminium, wire-form, beads, felts, threads, chenille stems, templates and other multimedia materials. Set up a tree in your foyer that the whole school can decorate for all to enjoy? Many of the activities can be modified for other celebrations and occasions and your students will be delighted to create such professional looking, yet inexpensive decorations. A brilliant unit of work that is fail-proof, easy, innovative, functional and extremely rewarding for all concerned! Definitely not to be missed!