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Tue, 09 Jul



The Art of Modelling Outstanding Practice

Art and Design skills-building ideas, approaches, and techniques for cultivating a dynamic learning environment that encourages students' creativity and skill development in Art and Design.

The Art of Modelling Outstanding Practice
The Art of Modelling Outstanding Practice

Time & Location

09 Jul 2024, 13:30 – 16:30

Taunton, Hestercombe, Taunton TA2 8LQ, UK

About the event


This half-day training session is open to any number of members from your school team at all stages of their careers. The training will take place at Hestercombe House and Gardens with access to the gallery. You are welcome to arrive early to eat in the café or stay after to explore the grounds but please let us know your plans.

Led by SPAEDA associate arts educator, Natasha Rand, this training session will offer art subject teachers the opportunity to develop confident and creative approaches, to successfully lead the art and design curriculum in your school.

Activity 1: Understanding mark-making – and the importance of experimentation. What is a ‘mark’? Understand how to ‘drive’ drawing materials. Consider the ‘choice’ of media and learn how to ‘play and progress’ with drawing techniques.

The aim of this activity is to explore the qualities of drawing, encouraging exploration of mark making and introducing alternative methods of working with complementary materials.

Using this activity as a warm-up will introduce a vocabulary for discussing drawing instruction.

Activity 2: Natural form still life. The variation of memory and observation drawing. Using and applying mark- making and learning from activity 1) and extending into considering the visual elements of line, tone, shape, composition, texture, pattern.

The aim of this activity is to model effective approaches for utilising mark-making and drawing skills, across mixed media, in observational drawing.

Beginning with a memory-based drawing of natural forms, followed by a guided observational drawing, participants will delve into the vital role of fostering children's observation skills and their ability to apply acquired techniques. Various strategies for expanding this activity into final outcomes will be explored and discussed.

"Great interactive experience and supportive training. Thank you!"

"The training met the needs of my school very well and covered lots of the concerns and problems I had"

"It was great confirmation to be on the right track. Also very helpful to share resources and be reminded by Natasha of what great practice looks like"


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