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The Basics of Teaching Artistry
4 Sessions / 10 hours of work per session
Included w/ premium membership ($20/month)
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The Places of Teaching Artistry

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4 Sessions / 10 hours of work per session
Included w/ premium membership ($20/month)
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Course Description

The Sydney Opera House specialises in long term teaching artist projects with a particular focus on exploring creativity in education. The physical building of the Sydney Opera House is at the heart of all projects. This course will focus on place as an enabling driver of developing creative projects, and complement the skills learnt in the first three courses.

Teaching artists work with communities based in all kinds of physical places and spaces. In this course students explore how architecture, location and environment can be used by teaching artists as a springboard for shaping purpose, and developing projects. By provoking new ways of seeing location through play, experimentation and questioning, place can inspire teaching artists to bring personal and political lenses to activate the artistry of others in situated, relevant and unexpected ways.


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Session 1: The Physical space
This first session is an examination of places from a macro perspective as a catalyst for teaching artistry. Students examine the boundaries of place; including the physical, legal and emotional boundaries. They begin to see how places can be used to create and present art within a teaching artist context. This session asks students to consider their personal responses to particular places and question how this colours their interpretations and ongoing conceptions of their places of work.
3 lessons
1. Acknowledgment of Country by Rhoda Roberts
2. Introduction by Lilly Blue and Frank Newman
3. Ripping & Tearing
Session 2: Nooks and Crannies
This session zooms in to investigate smaller spaces and the ways architecture, furnishings and often overlooked corners have the potential to provoke new ideas and ways of working. Students are asked to examine the many nooks and crannies found in their local workplaces as potential galleries or performance spaces . They intentionally work with, and in response to these spaces to generate workshops and exercises that lead to art making with groups.
3 lessons
1. Staging in Unexpected Places
2. Meaning, Narrative, and Aesthetic Choices
3. Site Specificity
Session 3: The Materials of Place
This session moves into a granular analysis of place as a means to activate teaching artistry. This session overviews how the physical materials, textures and details of a specific location can be explored as a way to devise new theatre, writing and visual art. Students explore how building materials, (the surfaces and design) are starting points for teaching artistry practice.
1 lessons
1. Materiality
Session 4: Places and People in Time
Place denotes time as much as space. Places have histories. By understanding place in time and over time (past, present and future) teaching artists can develop skills to use the histories and stories of place to consider changed contexts and renewed understandings of place.
2 lessons
1. Time is Vertical
2. BONUS MATERIAL: Access Expo Changed Circumstances: Revision to Applications Required
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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