Putting art in place (2-part series)

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Educators often think they’re not ‘arty’ or ‘creative’, but if they focus less on expertise and more on relationships, they can create truly meaningful and holistic artistic experiences for children. To put art in place in the everyday curriculum, educators need to embrace the idea of environment as the third teacher and move beyond the human-led and -controlled curriculum to a collectively created space where place, materials and non-Western knowledge flourish.

This two-part professional learning series focuses on art and how it facilitates the development of relationships with Country, children and adults as well as with materials and technology. It centres on a discussion of the learning that arises from arts practices and entwines this with examples of how positive relationships are generated. The series also answers questions surrounding who the teacher is and what counts as valid knowledge. It also explores what learning looks and feels like in human–non-human relations and how Indigenous cosmologies are infused throughout all of these relationships.

Taking this approach of putting art in place and centring it as the nucleus of learning in early childhood curriculum can help children thrive and educators and teachers benefit as equally successful learners.

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Dr Red Ruby Scarlet is an activist, artist, early childhood teacher-researcher, consultant and academic. She has been working in the early childhood sector for more than 25 years and is dedicated to creating imaginative and inclusive practices that promote dignity and integrity in early childhood. Red has developed curriculum and learning frameworks nationally and internationally. Her published works highlight stories of the numerous research projects she has led and contributed to across the world.

Red is currently the Creative Director of MultiVerse, an organisation that focuses on creating professional development and resourcing for early childhood—topics include arts, anti-bias approaches, inclusive pedagogies and curriculum.

Red also teaches part-time at Clovelly Children’s Centre in Sydney, NSW. She plays a leadership role in the Social Justice in Early Childhood group and is the founder of the Social Justice in Early Childhood Foundation.

Learning outcomes

This course, you will:

  • develop an understanding of relationships—with Country, children, adults, materials, technology and knowledge—as the primary skill for arts practice
  • gain knowledge of the cultural histories of art materials and connect them with place
  • value their own and collective learning through relationships rather than skill alone
  • understand theory and practice in planning for and practising the arts.

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Additional information

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Course Duration

3 hours, Part one = 2 hours, Part two = 1 hour

Australian Qualifications Framework