Continued Professional Development

How to become a confident communicator in contemporary art
May & June 2015/ BALTIC, Gateshead / FREE

Working with colleagues from BALTIC and Arts and Education Consultant Susan Coles, Are You Asking The Right Questions? explores questioning and enquiry within contemporary art.

Contemporary art addresses a whole world of subjects and can provide personal and social responses to political, ethical and global themes. Using these colourful and rich stimuli, these sessions have enquiry at the heart of them and will explore many different ways our wonders and thoughts can lead to deep, thoughtful questioning.

Each session includes practical activities within BALTIC’s learning spaces and galleries and it gives all participants the opportunity to discuss, debate and learn from peers. Exploring how questioning and enquiry can improve and develop communication, there will be lots of ideas to take back and develop in your setting, encouraging teacher/pupil collaboration and a greater understanding of art conversations and visual literacy. All sessions will support social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and make contemporary art accessible to all, supporting you in creating an inclusive curriculum model for children of all abilities.

Sessions are for Primary, Secondary and SEND Teachers and will take place at BALTIC on the following dates:

Tuesday 5 May, Primary Teacher CPD, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Tuesday 9 June, Secondary Teacher CPD, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Tuesday 16 June, Primary and Secondary Teacher CPD, 4.00pm – 6.00pm

To book your place or for further information, please contact Leanne Alldred, Learning and Engagement Assistant on leannea@balticmill.com.

Primary Network
Thursday 18 June 2015 / 16.30-18.00
Studio, Level 2 / BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Join BALTIC for an evening of taster artist activities and inspiration. BALTIC artists will be delivering hands-on sessions for you to learn new skills, make contemporary artist links, try activities at pupil level, take ideas back to the classroom and gain an insight into what happens in a BALTIC Artist Workshop. Activities will include animation, textiles and 3D tasters.

To book your place or for further information, please contact Vicky Sturrs, Schools and Colleges Programmer on vickys@balticmill.com

Come Draw with Me
Wednesday 8 July 2015 / 6.00 – 8.30
BALTIC Kitchen

Join BALTIC for an evening of social drawing, snacking and chatter. Come Draw with Me is an evening of fun, informal drawing, sketching and mark-making opportunities for teachers to enjoy whilst catching up with peers, sharing stories and enjoying a bite or two. This event offers a midweek space to reflect and refresh whilst being creative.

Hot meat sandwiches with veggie alternative, salads and fries served.

To book your place or for further information, please contact Vicky Sturrs, Schools and Colleges Programmer on vickys@balticmill.com

Artist Teacher Summer School
Monday 24 August – Thursday 27 August 2015 / 10.00 – 16.30
Launch Pad, Level 2 / BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
£200 (inclusive of light refreshments and materials, not including lunch)

This 4-day intensive artist-led course aims to further your enthusiasm for creating. Led by BALTIC artists, Sally Madge and Paul Merrick, alongside staff from BALTIC and Northumbria University you will have the opportunity to consider, share and reflect on your own artistic practice and connections between contemporary practice and art education within a supportive, creative and inspiring environment.

This year themes; journey, travel, memory and collection are inspired by BALTIC’s Fiona Tan exhibition Depot.

Including creative challenges, opportunities to explore BALTIC 39, practicing artists’ studio spaces and BALTIC's extensive library and archive, this course will offer encouragement, mentoring and reflective moments as well as the chance to work in-depth on your own pieces, receiving critique and feedback from artists, tutors and peers throughout.

The Summer School forms an essential part of the MA Fine Art and Education and is a great taster for those thinking about undertaking one of the MA's offered by BALTIC and Northumbria University. It is also open to artist teachers as a stand-alone course.

In addition to this, presentations by current students of the MA Fine Art and Education on Friday 28 August, 10:00-12:30 Level 1 Cinema, BALTIC, are free to attend and offer a great opportunity to explore art education practices in a presentation and question and answer format.

Contact vickys@balticmill.com to confirm your place.

Big Draw CPD for Teachers
11 September 2015 / 16.30-19:30
Level 1 / BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

This session will explore the different meanings of drawing within traditional and contemporary contexts and approaches as well as its ability to support the teaching of visual literacy. This session will include examples of activities that can be used in the classroom and a variety of very practical drawing tasks, all accompanied by BALTIC refreshments in a fun and informal evening.

Planning a Big Draw can have many advantages to a school community, particularly those looking to embed social, moral, spiritual and cultural education into their curriculum. This year’s 2015 Big Draw theme is “Every Picture Tells a Story” and will help schools to really focus on an issue relating directly to the future wellbeing of their own students. This session will explore this possibility and further discuss the cross curricular opportunities of drawing and the role of drawing as a vehicle to communicate, record, express and take action.

RSVP to vickys@balticmill.com to confirm your place.