The global pandemic has meant that we have all faced challenges this academic year. Parents, students, teachers, including our Post Graduate Art and Design teachers from the Centre for Teacher Education had to be extremely creative, resilient and highly flexible, as teaching has constantly switched from face-to-face to online delivery.
Twenty Secondary Art and Design Trainees who have worked in local schools around our local community are showcasing their work with pupils from placement schools in an online exhibition.
Hear from some of our trainees to find out why they are going into teaching and how they are determined to create the very best learning experiences for their pupils from local schools and some examples of the art work created by pupils in our local community.
Cleanthia is one of our trainee teachers, teaching Years 7-9 at Coundon Court School.
"Art education allows students to think and see multi-dimensionally.
"Soaring through the sky to reach your dreams. This is what I'm here for. To inspire, to challenge, to motivate. Art education allows students to think and see multidimensionally to prepare the next generation to have an open mind, and see the world's potential. To empower them, to think as individuals and act as global citizens to enable them to create, experiment, philosophise and learn. This is what occurs within a unique classroom. The arts classroom."
Whilst teaching Year 7 pupils, students explored Renaissance drawing alongside contemporary artist Alex Konahin. Developing their drawing techniques with reference to these, they integrated embossing techniques, creating detailed drawings based upon insects. Demonstrating connections between historic and contemporary approaches to drawing.
For Year 8 pupils, with reference to the work of artist Joel Penkman, students explored a range of relief printing techniques, hand tinting their prints afterwards to accentuate colour. This experimental process was to help encourage risk taking in Art and Design.
At Year 9, the aim was to develop pupil's skills in the use of mixed media. With reference to the work of Elly Smallwood, pupils painted eyes using watercolour before adding stitching techniques to create texture and additional mark making.
Phoebe is another trainee, teaching Year 7 pupils at Hanley Castle High School and Year 10 at Nunnery Wood High School.
"Art allows students to engage visually with the world around them, learn about other people, places and cultures and explore ideas from a diverse range of viewpoints.
"The reason I think teaching art and design in secondaryschools is so important is it allows students to visuallyengage with the world around them through the subject's studentscan express themselves, take risks, generate ideas and explore theirown interests whilst gaining practical creative skills. It's also an invaluable way in which to learn about other people, places and cultures, and to explore andanalyse ideas from a diverse range of viewpoints.
Katie has been teaching Year 7 and 8 pupils from Crestwood School and Year 9 pupils at Leasowes High - developing skills in working with alternative materials and creating awareness of environmental issues, character design modelling and observation drawing.
With reference to the work of video artist Bill Viola, pupils experimented with scrap materials, constructing jellyfish sculptures before photographing them under poured water in ultra violet light. Pupils also designed and modelled their own three-dimensional character, with reference to the sculptural work of Leslie Levings and comic books. Pupils also worked from direct observation of still life objects, exploring the formal elements of drawing, focussing upon shape, form and tone.
"Art is about self-discovery, building character and personal growth.
"I will strive to ensure that the children I teach will feel valued, respected, accepted and, most importantly, have self belief. And in doing so, I will endeavour to provide them with not only the technical art skills in historical and contextual knowledge required by the curriculum, but also the tools to successfully navigate the world. It's my personal belief that education should extend far beyond the child memorising key information required to pass exams. It is about self discovery, building character and personal growth, and I think that the art classroom is the perfect place to do so."