Session 3: The role of the art specialist teacher

“ Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind.”

Louise Nevelson

To explore the role of an art specialist teacher our art specialist students visited The Grange School in Daventry Northamptonshire.  The school successfully demonstrates how art provision can support learning and  child development, art here is part of the ethos of the school.

The students had the opportunity to share artists work with children, observe art and dance specialist teachers in practice and saw how art could be displayed purposefully across the school to create an atmosphere of creative excitement!

Learning about the role of an art specialist teacher first hand meant the students could see how the art teachers role fits in with the wider provision of the school, supporting developmental agenda, acting as a team player to provide stimulating lessons which tie in with learning in other curriculum areas and understanding how the art teacher must be an advocate for their subject. Observing a dance specialist at the school also demonstrated how art can be used as a tool to inspire other areas of the creative arts, reinforcing learning for the pupils while giving them an opportunity to explore their creativity in another medium.

I am sure the art specialist students would agree that this experience enabled them to see first hand both the successes and implications of being an art specialist teacher. Thank you very much to The Grange School for being our hosts and providing such an inspiring vision for arts education.

Art specialists it would be great for you to share your thoughts on here of how you feel the visit has impacted on your own learning.

Gallery The Grange

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