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Busy with lots of projects....

I look forward to a lot of interesting work this new term and year.I have worked with Paul Carney on our joint course in February 2017, and it was our first course together, after promising to do this for a long time! We had fantastic evaluations and are planning more courses in summer and autumn. WATCH THIS SPACE. Our next courses will be about different ways of drawing. Dates TBC really soon.

Fantastic day coming up at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on May 6th (Saturday) so please find out much more here:

More artistic fun in Wakefield with my new BIG DRAW workshop for YPO:”$”: Can Drawing Change Lives? Yes it can, book a place NOW.

I have the May 2017 APPG (however, the recent election announcement may well scupper my plans with this) coming up: our focus in the last meeting in February was Initial Teacher Education. As usual, it was a well attended and very informative session. Our December BREXIT APPG was also well attended, with some excellent talks and presentations. Please do browse the APPG section of the NSEAD website for agendas and minutes and papers.

I am writing new courses for Keynote, continuing with two new Sketchbook Circle partner(s), moving NEATEN network forward because we now have a steering group, which is better for all of us, and I am reading a lot of new research.

I have been working with a group of year 11 students at Belmont School (Durham) to help them prepare for their forthcoming GCSE Externally Set Task project.

I have a lovely group of NPQH coachees at the moment too. Love that role.

We had a very positive and successful Primary art co-ordinators day in Gateshead. I am happily involved (as a governor) with Brighton Avenue Primary School with CPD sessions, to continue and support our ArtsMark journey. A Drawing day with primary teachers in Norwich in March too was a happy and productive learning day, I always enjoy my days there.

Where Have All The Boys Gone? for NSEAD- the 2017 London date recruited well. This course will run and run I think!
I also did a keynote presentation on this topic at the Scottish Art Teachers Symposium, in The Scottish National Gallery, in February.

The two summer subject leader courses for NSEAD are recruiting well and there are still places left. LONDON and BIRMINGHAM.

More Big Draw work with a hugely important Schools project and read my blog about this venture.

The Autumn term was packed with exciting events! The Spring term and summer terms are also busy.

I’m still involved with writing resources for an exciting new Virtual Reality educational initiative.

Big Draw STEAM Conference was held at at Baltic and we presented about the wisdom of crowds and the NEATEN network. NEATEN has several TENTH birthday events coming up and I intend to write more about these VERY soon. Meanwhile- read the blog:

Big Draw Teacher CPD which brought together a lot of people on a Friday night- and we looked at drawing in terms of STEAM, across subjects, cross-curricular etc etc.

Sketchbook Circle Residential weekend (see same link) has been and gone and was a perfect end to the half term holiday. Here is my account about the weekend:

Big Draw Baltic public event October 1st was another runaway success.
This year we had 515 people who participated. Add to that our crew of helpers, made up from teachers from the NEATEN network and the trainee teachers from the Art and Design PGCE course at Northumbria University. Closer to 550! A splendid day and event.

Art Teachers Ireland Association 2016 National Conference was held near near Dublin, and I delivered a keynote (on using contemporary and conceptual art in schools) on September 24th. I was delighted to meet so many enthusiastic teachers, all coming together to rally the troops for a campaign to change their curriculum model. SIGN THE PETITION!

IJade Conference 2016 and I delivered a paper called #drawingchangeslives

Joint APPG and Big Draw summit “Drawn Together” event was a brilliant and well attended afternoon, in Westminster on October 11th. Lovely to see Jeremy Corbyn rolling up his sleeves and drawing.

Facilitating Arts Award Big Draw training days in libraries in November was a pleasure, working in London and in Mansfield. I also spent a great day at Arnold Library working with primary art teachers who had been involved in the Notts Inspire Big Draw.

Courses for Keynote Education are not recruiting as well as in the past but do take a look:

Governor meetings and support for the Artsmark application at Brighton Avenue Primary School continues. I had a great afternoon working with the Teaching Assistants on “drawing” and getting them to think of all the different meanings. Future plans include a staff meeting on Visual Literacy and the school acting as host to cluster school art co-ordinators to take part in the Primary Art co-ordinator course that I wrote and ran very successfully in Leeds in November.$”:

I am delighted to have been part of the Durham EDS primary and secondary network sessions.

Three more well being courses for art teachers planned at Baltic and with the ELATE network in London.

I have joined the board of directors at Monkfish too:

Visiting and advising at Gomersal Primary School in Cleckheaton- and working with Mandy Barret, who has created a marvellously inspiring art department within a primary school

I travelled all the way to Kent to talk about creativity and what it means (hoping to also fit in a visit to the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery).

I am happy to have returned as a judge to the 2016 DEBATING MATTERS

and more- but I am running out of space!!!!!



1322 days ago

hope to make the West Yorkshire course (travel and headteacher permitting.)

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