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Teaching Artistry, Community Groups, Community Artists
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Teaching Artistry, Community Groups, Community Artists
Course Description

This course introduces teaching artists to the core principles which underpin successful engagement with audiences and communities.

The course features case studies from the work of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (Queensland, Australia) and introduces different approaches and knowledge required to work with multiple and diverse contexts and communities.

Areas covered include: building projects and activities to deepen engagement with works of art, commissioning new work, understanding the transferability of teaching artist skill sets, connections with audiences and communities and an examination of collaboration and co-creation.


This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Audiences and Communities (August 12, 2020)
In this session we meet a teaching artist who talks about how to prepare for entering a community, her use of journaling as a planning and documentation technique and the importance of project legacy. This session also focuses on creating work to enrich audience connection with works of art. It looks at three elements of an engagement program developed with teaching artists to deepen engagement in the work of Teaching Artists.
11 lessons
1. Course Overview
2. Welcome from QPAC
3. Course Overview Continued
4. Reflection Journal Exercise - We All Dance Project
5. We All Dance Project
6. Forum Activity - Finding your 'Why'
7. Reflective Journal Exercise - Working with Communities
8. Communities - Entering, Leaving, and Legacy
9. Forum Activity - Improving Community Practice
10. QPAC International Series
11. Forum Activity - Create a Project
Session 2: Commission and Purpose (August 19, 2020)
An Artistic Director talks about his festival’s curatorial framework, the commissioning process as well as outlines the range of ways teaching artists might engage with a festival. In addition, he introduces a teaching artist who created a new work in response to the festival values and curatorial framework. The curatorial framework for a major international festival will drive a life-like scenario which invites a contribution from you. How will you align that framework with your own skills and ambitions?
10 lessons
1. Introduction
2. Out of the Box Festival
3. Forum Activity - Children's Festivals Around the World
4. Commissioning & Curating - Brett Howe
5. Commissioning & Curating
6. Sally Chance Interview
7. Forum Activity - Writing a Proposal
8. BONUS MATERIAL: Introduction to Access Expo: A Festival to Open Doors
9. BONUS MATERIAL: A Commissioning Outline for ‘Access Expo: A Festival to Open
10. BONUS MATERIAL: Introducing PNG: Host of the 2019 ‘Access Expo: A Festival to Open Doors’ by Lesley Melle
Session 3: Expanding Connections with Audiences and Communities (August 26, 2020)
This session asks you to consider the range of skills you have as a teaching artist and to identify how they can be applied and transferred across sectors, disciplines and between communities. Also in this session, two teaching artists look at ethics, respect and community protocols when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. They touch on the importance of place and history, which will be explored in more depth in the SOH course. Also covered is how to identify and respond to individual participants’ learning needs.
9 lessons
1. Session Introduction
2. Skills Audit
3. Forum Activity - Working in Unexpected Places
4. Forum Activity - Transferring Your Skills
5. Ethics and Protocols
6. Forum Activity - Haikus of Purpose, Values and Principles
7. Forum Activity - Purpose, Vales and Principles
8. Forum Activity - Purpose, Vales and Principles (Continued)
9. Individual Participant Needs
Session 4: Collaboration and Co-Creation (September 2, 2020)
This session investigates key aspects of collaboration and co-creation by examining an arts-led children’s symposium. It explores the development and delivery of the symposium with a focus on the collaboration and co-creation between teaching artists, children and professionals from multiple disciplines. In particular, this session focuses on how teaching artists deliberately seek to foster in participants a growth mindset essential for both collaboration and co-creation. A growth mindset is characterised by an openness to new ideas, enquiry, wonder, questioning, challenging, acknowledging and embracing imperfections, and viewing the process as more important than the end result.
6 lessons
1. Session Introduction
2. Introduction to Photo Essay
3. K8 Children's Symposium
4. Forum Activity - Key Concepts in Collaboration & Co-Creation
5. Forum Activity - Key Concepts in Collaboration & Co-Creation (Continued)
6. Course Conclusion
Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

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If a student signs up for The Basics of Teaching Artistry program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.

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