2003 Guildford Challenges For The Art Curriculum & Educators


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This is a short presentation I put together when addressing art educators at the private school Guildford Grammar, Western Australia in 2003.

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2003 Guildford Challenges For The Art Curriculum & Educators

  1. 2. CHALLENGES : ART CURRICULUM & EDUCATORS Guildford Grammar School Western Australia 6 August 2003 Alexander Hayes
  2. 3. ‘ It is estimated that illegal graffiti costs the Australian community between $50 and $100 million per annum. Unwanted graffiti can seriously affect property values, community well being and civic pride ’ http://library.trinity.wa.edu.au/issues/graffiti .htm
  3. 4. Graffiti pl. > Italian ‘ graffiare’: to scratch – Latin derivatives Aerosol – paints using propellant ie. Hydrocarbons or air pressure
  4. 5. So what prevents educators combining the two elements…..or perhaps it’s more about aesthetics and class ? Whatever the issue, what is preventing graffiti Artist’s “getting up“ ? Is it …….
  5. 6. TRADITION Age old ways, stiff, in-flexible, authoritarian, lacking any sense of innovation, rule stickling, boring, disengaged from students
  6. 7. … .or perhaps it’s not so much that it’s challenging and out of bounds, and a public issue…. maybe its more about ….
  7. 8. Control Getting things done, straight lines, dot-to-dot
  8. 9. … .whether we like it or not there is a major problem and that is that educators exist in architecture which struggles to rid it’s shackles and be less of an ….
  9. 11. … .where discipline and managing student behavior is valued more than connected learning spaces which of course leads to a little …. INSTITUTION
  10. 12. ATTITUDE … ..lots of it and then how does the educator tap into that energy without looking like a complete twat…..
  11. 13. … .listen and learn and engage, retain and motivate learners and occasionally reward them.…. RELAX
  12. 15. … .trust that your learners probably know a darn sight more than you ever will so your role is to enable .…. BELIEVE
  13. 17. … .creations in the real world and ensure that the community gains a connection.…. IMBED
  14. 19. … . because the reality is many of your learners read life differently to you.…. REALITY
  15. 21. … . where your curriculum matters in what your learners attain.…. CHOICE
  16. 22. GETTING’ UP …… it may well break all the rules but what does it matter when it’s just about what canvas your providing…..
  17. 23. … . where your curriculum matters in what your learners attain no matter what “class”.…. CHOICE
  18. 25. … . making room in your class for things to grow and emerge that challenge the status quo…… CLASS:ROOM
  19. 27. … . turning ideas into objects and objects into ciphers and ciphers into signs and signs into…… TRANSL8
  20. 28. INNOVATION
  21. 29. Where does it all go wrong ? An educators nightmare – re-positioning beliefs, myths and common misconceptions A learner’s nightmare – ignorance…..”
  22. 30. DISRESPECT ? Lets examine some language used around learners keen to get up’ ……..
  23. 31. VANDAL Vandalism is a symptom of civic unrest – How can we as responsible community members thwart perceived abandonment and reduce youth acting inappropriately out of the need for recognition, inclusion and respect? What curriculum tools are there that foster inclusion and respect invariably touching the soul of every individual?
  24. 32. CRIMINAL Crime is an opiate best consumed alone, isolated and as far away from the community as possible. How can we as parents and educators model behavior that builds community, embraces children from the streets and provides a non-hypocritical stance to illegal activities ?
  25. 33. ILLEGAL Legality is married to creativity. A child named enterprise was conceived soon after legality and creativity were married. Enterprise is loved by legality and creativity encourages enterprise by virtue of admiration and respect. What riddles are we creating for our children by ignoring creative curriculum?
  26. 34. OFFENDER Which creative education management plan removes this ‘tag’ given to individuals without isolating them from their peers ? How can we manage less, share more and build relationships with our learners that foster positive and critical curriculum ?
  27. 35. JUVENILE How long were you a juvenile ? Did your education setting allow you the opportunity to express your hopes, fears and aspirations?
  28. 36. JERK Every student requires positive affirmation that involves feedback that is relevant, current and applicable to their lives. How can we remove put downs that are essentially tantamount to emotional abuse with all it’s hurts and injustices?
  29. 37. CANCER Is social decay evident in areas where education services lack the ability to move with creative enterprise?
  30. 38. SCUM As a god fearing, morally upstanding, law abiding, educated individual try and turn this word into something that resembles joy and inspiration for a socially isolated, unhappy and disadvantaged member of the community.
  31. 39. BUM How do brilliant minds become stagnant pools of despair? What can educational institutions do to thwart discontent, laziness and dislocation from curriculum ?
  32. 40. IMMORAL Good vs. bad Pure vs. impure Light vs. dark Our democratic society is heavily imbedded with rules, regulations and doctrine. Where does the education of an individual begin and end ? What is an educators role in that transition ?
  33. 41. HOODLUM Which part of the hood are you from ? Which relational aesthetic do you engage with ? Are any more relevant than the other ? Should curriculum activities engage in the debate ?
  34. 42. REJECT A humans greatest fear is to be not accepted – none more so than those still trying to find their way in life as young, sensitive individuals. An educators gift is in realizing potential and aptitude in their students.
  35. 43. ....so how can an educator change their language and in doing so change the way learner’s engage ?
  36. 44. RESPECT Very hard to earn and so easily lost – particularly self respect
  37. 45. INCLUSION The worst of the worst are invariably seeking to be the best of the best
  38. 46. LEADERSHIP Curriculum is at the battle front – parenthood brings up the rear
  39. 47. ADMIRATION Every student has potential – it is a team effort to harness this irrespective of whether we are educators, parents, friends or peers.
  40. 48. INVOLVEMENT An educators best asset is in the ability to relate to the student with commitment in sharing the journey no matter how long by walking with them and NOT by carrying them .
  41. 49. CREATIVE Challenging, thought provoking curriculum.
  42. 50. ENTERPRISING E-bay was invented by a child so therefore we should find more ways to allow learners….
  43. 51. To get up !