Combined Arts Conference March 2016
The 2016 Combined Arts Conference: We are all arts teachers years foundation – 8 was held on Saturday 19 March at the Magill Campus of UniSA. The conference brought together educators from all sectors of the arts including dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts.
Five teachers were sponsored by the Teachers Registration Board to participate in the conference and they subsequently provided the Board with reports detailing their conference experience.
Read the conference reports below:
“What rests at the heart of every artistic practice is the encouragement and nurturing of creativity. To foster an environment that enables students to grow creatively is a critical educational objective for the 21st century. The obstacles confronted in a world that is rapidly and increasingly complex requires a nimble and creative mind. Exposure to creative pursuits develops problem solving skills and imagination. To imagine is to discover, and discovery is knowledge.”
Damien Sheridan, Temporary Relief Teacher, Adelaide Hills
“The conference provided hands-on workshops across all strands of the Arts: Dance, Media, Music, Visual Arts and Drama. In all workshops, I learnt about ways that ways that I could integrate arts subjects with other areas of the curriculum (e.g. English and Technology). These workshops also provided me with examples of teaching and learning strategies that I can now incorporate into the classroom.”
Kate McDonald, Wandana Primary School
“Listening to the keynote speaker, Katie Dawson was a highlight for me. She was motivational and spoke with such passion for her work. From the University of Texas, she is working closely with Windmill Performing Arts Company and schools here in SA helping them to integrate the arts into their daily classroom programming and building on the community and children’s interests. Being an Early Childhood trained educator, I am passionate towards using the children’s interests as a springboard for their learning.”
Katherine Smith, Kangaroo Island Community Education
"It is important that teachers have an understanding about Digital Media so they can provide students with the skills to communicate through technology. The Making Movies and Animation lectures provided ideas for teachers to integrate digital technology into their curriculum."
Rebecca Harrison, Coromandel Valley Primary School
"I am looking forward also to sharing this knowledge with colleagues, so they too can experiment with this fun, rewarding world, where creativity can run wild! From this workshop I took away a clear focus of how to tap into children’s imagination because in animation the impossible is possible!"
Amanda Brown, Penola Primary/Naracoorte High