Art in Primary Education: A Workshop for Teachers and Student teachers

The Department of Primary Education within the Faculty of Education will present a three day workshop for both primary trainees and practising primary teachers which would be practical and relevant to their needs as teachers of art. The workshop, "Art in Primary Education," is designed for teachers who are interested in learning more about ways with Art Education. The three day programme will involve students and teachers in developing their experience in two dimensional art processes [drawing, painting, printing, textiles], and three dimensional art processes [ceramics, sculpture and construction].

All three days will be predominantly practical but there will also be a strong critical dimension offering insights into progression in the art curriculum, using artistsí work, artís role across the whole primary curriculum, in recording and assessment, and in debate around the developing art curriculum in Malta.

Elaine Benbow who is an experienced primary art teacher, university lecturer, teacher adviser, Ofsted inspector and senior specialist arts teacher has been invited to lecture on the course while Steve Blundell is an experienced InSET provider, practising artist and writer. Between them they have over 50 years experience in the field of art education.

The workshop is to be held at The Creative and Expressive Arts Studio, University of Malta between 12 and 14 April 2004, from 09:30 to 15:30.

Teachers, activity teachers and student teachers in the Primary Education track are encouraged to attend, but all are welcome. A fee of Lm45 (Lm40 for students) is required with registration for the workshop, which covers workshop activities, curriculum materials and coffee. To register, or for more information about this workshop, please contact the workshop co-ordinator at Deadline for registration is 13th February, 2004. Registration is limited to 20 participants, so teachers should call soon.

Communications Office

19 January, 2004