Innovative resources for teachers help to further art education practice, providing creative ways for students to discover and experience contemporary art. John Kaldor
Based on its new e5 instruction model for quality teaching, the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has developed a Kindergarten to Year 6 art education resource based on ‘Public Art’ and, in particular, on the past Kaldor Public Art Projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Long and Jeff Koons.
After approaching the Department in 2009 regarding possible partnerships, this project was developed to demonstrate how e5 could be used to support teachers and improve their instructional practice in the arts. Victorian schools were invited to submit an expression of interest to be involved in the project and teachers from nine government and one Catholic school were selected, based on their expertise in the arts and interest in the innovative use of digital technology. A series of six workshops were conducted over one year, supporting the teachers to build their knowledge and understanding of the key components of the project.
The publication features past Kaldor Public Art Projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Long and Jeff Koons as a way of engaging students with contemporary art practice and in particular to explore ‘public art’. Public Art, Teaching Excellence, the first in a series of publications on professional learning, will be distributed to Victorian schools in 2011. Individuals can also purchase the resource here.
image above: Sandringham Primary school students perform with their Jeff Koons-inspired creations during a preview of the resource at the conference ‘Views, Values and Visions in Art and Art Education’ held at the National Gallery of Victoria in October 2010.
below: selected pages from the resource 'Public Art, Teaching Excellence'.
For over 40 years Kaldor Public Art Projects has created groundbreaking projects with international artists in public spaces, changing the landscape of contemporary art in Australia with projects that resonate around the world.