The art of teaching is all about

April 8, 2021 - October 27, 2021

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KU Children's Services


The art of teaching is all about




This popular series is designed to influence the learning environment for children and educators. The sessions on offer will inspire, provoke, and provide participants with practical ideas for engaging with children across curriculum areas. This year we take the event online, providing a space for everyone to participate no matter their location.


Part 1: Introduction to the visual arts in early childhood
Presented by Dr Gai Lindsay
Date: Thursday 8 April
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

This introductory session will provide an overview and discussion about the importance of visual arts in early childhood. It will cover:

  • Learning through the visual arts
  • Theoretical provocations
  • Visual arts pedagogy – thinking about the role of the educator
  • The question of art versus craft



Part 2: The art space
Presented by Jacquie Bolt
Date: Thursday 20 May
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Setting up an inspiring art space that allows children to explore materials and be creative takes thought and planning. In this session we explore:

  • Choosing resources
  • Designing and using the space
  • Caring for the space and resources



Part 3: The art of drawing
Presented by Dr Gai Lindsay
Date: Wednesday 23 June
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Drawing is a fundamental experience that is provided in all early childhood centres. During this session we delve deeper to explore:

  • Skills and techniques of drawing
  • Overcoming fears about personal creativity and arts skills
  • Children’s expression through drawing
  • The potential of drawing
  • Talking visual arts with children



Part 4: Exploring clay
Presented by Bonnie Hislop
Date: Thursday 22 July
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Clay is a rich tool that allows children many possibilities to explore, create and express. In this session we explore:

  • Clay as a medium for expressing thoughts and ideas
  • Skills and techniques for using clay
  • Clay as part of the curriculum



Part 5: Responding to children’s interests and curiosities through the visual arts
Presented by Jacquie Bolt
Date: Tuesday 24 August
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

The arts play a vital role in helping children to understand their world and make sense of their experiences. It is a way for children to communicate their thinking and feelings in multiple ways. In this session we discuss:

  • Identifying children’s interests and curiosities
  • Giving children agency to lead
  • Providing the scaffolding



Part 6: Combining nature and art sustainably for a well world
Presented by KU Professional Learning Team
Date: Tuesday 21 September
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

The arts offer many opportunities to illuminate your voice for a sustainable planet. Join this session as we explore how art can facilitate the interconnectedness we have with our world. This is a Zoom meeting and we ask you to bring your playful self.



Part 7: Museums programs to ignite early childhood teaching and learning
Presented by Dr Sarah Young
Date: Wednesday 27 October
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

This webinar is for early childhood educators and will focus on how museums and galleries are places to ignite and develop early childhood curriculum. These cultural institutions provide opportunities for children to engage with novel artefacts that have the potential to develop specific and detailed understandings of various concepts. Join Sarah to explore how museums and galleries offer children and teachers specific artefacts that can transform early childhood programs.

This event is suitable for all early childhood professionals


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