There is a very big difference between understanding something in theory and understanding it in practice. Imagine describing to someone who had never been in the water how to swim and then expecting them to join you in a jaunt across the English Channel. Yet this is sometimes the expectation artists have of teachers and teachers of artists.
There are two main models of learning for teachers and artists discussed in the film resources and planning tools below: the formal dedicated session, and the informal learning that occurs during the project. Both are equally valuable and should be carefully considered early on when embarking on a creative school residency project.
Teacher Learning – Enriching Practice
In this film resource teachers and artists who have undertaken a Creative Victoria artist-in-residence project talk about what effective teacher learning looks like and that feeling comfortable about being uncomfortable can be a good thing!
Dystopian Dreams – A Teacher Learning Case Study
In this film resource the teachers from Hume Anglican Grammar speak about what they got out of the residency professionally and David Kelman from Western Edge Youth Arts, talks about his role in supporting that learning.
The teachers engaged in two full professional learning days in the project. Not only was it an excellent way for the artists and teachers to meet but it paved the way for discussions on shaping the program to suit the students.
- Beverley, teacher.
Artist Learning – Enriching Practice
In this film resource artists and a school principal who have undertaken a Creative Victoria artist-in-residence project talk about what effective artist learning looks like which includes building respectful relationships through clear communication, understanding the school context and that learning to 'let it go for a bit and see what happens' can be valuable in keeping the students at the centre of a project.
Electric Corpse – Brunswick East Primary School
An Artist Learning Case Study
In this film resource audio-visual and animation artist, Georgie Pinn, talks about what she learnt about working with young children during her first school residency.
Exploring Artist Learning – Why Have a 'Dedicated' Learning Session for an Artist?
In this film resource artists and a principal reflect on what types of formal learning would be beneficial before starting the project.