Artist Teacher Students create and interpret art at the Pitt Rivers Museum
Friday, 25 August 2017
student cohort on the Artist Teacher Scheme PG Certificate in Education, spent
two days at the Pitt Rivers Museum. On their first day they worked alongside
the current artists in residence Forest
and Found; who employ
traditional skills to work with native woods and natural dyes sourced from the
land. The workshop aimed to support
students to gain a greater understanding of the connection to a place through
the experience of making and handling objects. Together they created artworks
by manipulating, constructing and experimenting with different media.
On the second
day the students explored multiple layers of interpretation evident in the Pitt Rivers Museum collection. For example,
students explored the artworks of contemporary Aboriginal artist Christian Thompson who’s work comments on colonialism and draws on Cook’s
voyages to the Pacific Ocean. This workshop was delivered by the education team at the Pitt Rivers Museum.
Dr Rachel Payne commented: “The Pitt Rivers Museum education team provide such
a rich environment for artist teachers. The initial two days of the programme offer stimulating opportunities
for artist teachers to make art, debate ideas and expand their understanding of
how we interpret visual culture. Our aim
is to support them to take these interpretation strategies back into the
classroom where they deliver small-scale enquiries which challenge their pupils
to think, make art and debate in new, innovative ways“.
For more information about the Artist Teacher Scheme, click here.