Arts programs for schools are being developed by Murdoch University academics and students in collaboration with six Western Australian artists as part of the national Creative Education Partnerships: Artist-in-Residence Initiative.
The project, which runs until January 2016, will involve the artists helping student teachers to deliver innovative school arts programs, develop arts education materials and promote the public value of arts and culture to the community.
Murdoch University was given a grant to run the project and its School of Education has been joined by six Perth-based artists who cover a range of disciplines comprising dance, drama, media arts, visual arts and music.
Project coordinator Robin Pascoe said the venture provided invaluable contact for students and Murdoch staff with artists who are also experienced teachers.
“The arts in schools are about developing young people as artists and as audiences, as makers and responders to the arts,” he said. “Through the arts students engage with questions of identity and culture.
“The biggest challenge for teachers is implementing arts teaching into an already crowded curriculum. We hope our resident artists will help our students to achieve this.”
Australia Council for the Arts CEO Tony Grybowski said the Murdoch University residency was for student teachers to build their capacities and skills in the arts through close engagement with artists, so they are well equipped to teach arts subjects to their pupils.
“The evidence shows that in placing artists within Schools of Education in universities there is an important flow of arts skills from professional practicing artists to new educators and through to their students,” he said.
“We look forward to seeing the impact of this residency, and congratulate the artists on their selection. We also recognise Murdoch University’s innovative approach in designing and undertaking this project.”
The project began with a two day Summer School in January with the artists, school teachers and Murdoch students working collaboratively to explore the challenges of implementing the arts in schools.
The artists are:
* Stefan Karlsson, (dance)
* Caitlin Beresford-Ord, (drama)
* Leon Ewing, (media arts)
* Kate Page, (music)
* Audrey Fernandes-Satar and Arif Satar, Fremantle (visual arts)
The Creative Education Partnerships: Artist-in-Residence Initiative is a Commonwealth arts-in-education program through the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with the WA Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Department of Education.