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Artists working in schools have an opportunity to work with students and facilitate the expression of their ideas, identity and creativity. When working in schools, artists can contribute not only their expertise in their chosen art form, but their personal skills and qualities as a responsible mentor.
Teaching artists decide to work in a school environment for a variety of reasons.
“A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist who develops the complementary skills, curiosities and habits of mind of an educator, in order to achieve a wide variety of learning goals in, through, and about the arts, with a wide variety of learners.”
Many artists find it liberating to work with an audience that has an original and unselfconscious way of looking at their work.
For many teaching artists, developing a body of experience as artists working in schools is also part of diversifying their employment opportunities and building their career sustainability as practising professionals.
According to USA teaching artist and international advocate for arts education, Eric Booth, there are 13 elements or 'habits of mind' in teaching artistry.
All teaching artists:
1. Guide participants to imagine new possibilities.
2. Listen/attend acutely and emphatically.
3. Prioritise the learner's intrinsic motivation/wish to make something they care about for personal reasons.
4. Uses active participation as the main tool for learning, providing information as an extension or expansion of, response to, or follow-up from,
5. Assume, activate, and build upon the innate competence of the participant in the art work.
6. Use fun.
7. Scaffold sequences of activity to help learners be successful in every step.
8. Introduce and invest in great questions.
9. Provide reflective invitations to learn from experiences - throughout the process not just at the end.
10. Plan and then, in action, improvise upon the plan.
11. Take on a variety of roles in their work.
12. Seek to change cultures in a positive way, be it classrooms or communities.
13. Accept responsibility for the Law of 80%-80% of what you teach is who you are-so they bring their wholehearted artist selves to every teaching
Western Australia has a wealth of teaching artists working across the state. These include those working in Western Australian schools through the
Artist-In-Residence (AIR) Grants Program 2010-2016
Click on the links to find a local
arts and cultural organisation
The History of Teaching Artistry: Where we come from, are, and are heading by Eric Booth (December 2010)
The Habits of Mind of Creative Engagement by Eric Booth
Take aways from the world's first teaching artist conference
The Association of Teaching Artists
You Can Do But Can You Teach?
Teaching Artists Hangout: Sharing and Reflection from the National Guild for Community Arts Education
(USA) YouTube video
International Teaching Artist Conference 2016
(ITAC3 - Edinburgh, Scotland)
(ITAC2 project): ITAC2 sets out to identify the productive conditions that give rise to the diverse ecologies of Teaching Artistry in various parts of the world. This project will advance the global movement by developing new flows of information and knowledge exchange about these productive conditions to advance Teaching Artistry internationally.
- Teaching Artist Network (Australia)
International Teaching Artist Platform
/ Teaching Artists Network Australia (closed group) - send a message to join.
Teaching Artist training providers:
Lincoln Education Center
Korean Arts and Culture Education Services
La Salle College of the Arts
Teaching Artists at work (case studies):
AiR Commission at Murdoch University
WA artist Graham Hay at Tranby College
Musica Viva Education -
Music Education & Me