Creative teaching and learning

The following information, video highlights and resources were derived from a two-day professional learning event hosted by Murdoch University’s School of Education.

Drawing on teaching and learning experiences of the university’s Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Commission, three practical workshops were developed in collaboration by Robin Pascoe, Senior Lecturer Arts and Drama Education, the six resident artists (Teaching Artists) - Stefan Karlsson (Dance), Caitlin Beresford-Ord (Drama), Leon Ewing (Media Arts), Kate Page (Music), Audrey Fernandes-Satar and Arif Satar (Visual Arts), and six Bachelor of Education Primary students.

The event was designed to model arts integration where teaching of the arts subjects together is explored.

The springboard from which the activities were developed was the storybook The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.

The story begins with a student saying, “I just can’t draw…”

The activities developed for the Summer School replace the word ‘draw’ with ‘dance/drama/media arts/music/visual arts’.

“I just can’t [teach] dance/drama/media arts/music/visual arts.”


The activities developed for the Summer School by the teams of educators and teaching artists aim to show all pre-service teachers, Primary teachers (across all learning areas), and artists, how authentic experiences in the arts can work together and be linked across the curriculum to achieve successful teaching and learning outcomes.

Summer School workshop videos and resources:

Introduction: Robin Pascoe, Murdoch University, School of Education

Collaboration 1: Dance and Visual Arts
Teaching artists Stefan Karlsson (Dance) and Audrey Fernandes-Satar and Arif Satar (Visual Arts) collaborate with Murdoch University School of Education students Amy Tozer and Dylan Gough, to present activities which enable participants to realise how one art form informs and leads to other ideas or expressions in other art forms and/or learning areas.

Collaboration 2: Drama and Music
Teaching artists Caitlin Beresford-Ord (Drama) and Kate Page (Music) collaborate with Murdoch University School of Education students Chloe Melling and Dylan Spiby to explore what is Drama and Music; dispel the myths and fears associated with teaching Drama and Music; and, how to build confidence and be 'classroom ready'.

Collaboration 3: Media Arts
Teaching artist Leon Ewing (Media Arts) collaborates with Murdoch University School of Education students Natasha Dakin and Caitlin Cashman to present an activity in iPad use and understanding basic editing software.

Classroom Ready
Dr Peter Wright and Robin Pascoe, Murdoch University School of Education introduce key ideas, language, and tools for thinking about, and working with, the arts in education across the five arts subjects.

Further reading:

The AiR Commission Summer School at Murdoch University workshops addressed Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, professional teaching standards 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.6, 3.2, 4.1, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 7.4.

ArtsEdge would like to thank Murdoch University, teaching artists, students and attendees for their participation in the AiR Commission Summer School and willingness to share their learning experiences.