Young Children, the Arts and Creativity Statewide Forum 2

Young Children,
the Arts and Creativity
Statewide Forum
2nd & 3rd March 2012
Tailrace Centre
1 Waterfront Drive
Riverside, Launceston
This forum is part of the Creative
Connections in the Early Years project.
The Tasmanian Early Years Foundation
(TEYF) and Tasmanian Museum and Art
Gallery (TMAG) have collaborated in this
exciting initiative to develop programs
and support for creative art experiences
in the early years of life (0 to 6 years).
The first phase of Creative Connections
has received funding from the Sidney
Myer Fund.
Our research and community
consultation to date has revealed a great
desire from early years educators and
carers, artists and arts organisations,
community organisations and families
for increased opportunities to develop
knowledge, skills and professional
learning around the arts and creativity in
the early years. Therefore, as part of the
Creative Connections project, we are
very excited to present this forum and
look forward to the dialogue and learning
we hope it will generate.
Program summary
Friday 2nd March, 2012
9:30 – 9:45
Welcome to country
Aunty Phyllis Pitchford
Welcome to the forum
Dr Sue Jenkins
9:45 – 10:45
Keynote presentation – Engaging Children and Families in the Arts
Robert Brown and Simon Spain
Chair: Dr Sue Jenkins
10:45 – 11:15
Morning tea
11:15 – 12:15
Keynote Presentation – Adults as Interlocutors: Surfacing Children’s Voices
Prof Susan Wright
Chair: Dr Karen Swabey
12:15 – 1:15
1:15 – 2:10
Pecha Kucha session 1
Chair: Mark Green
2:10 – 3:10
Concurrent sessions
Focus on Arts
‘Your New Museum’: what
TMAG’s redevelopment
means for young people
Bec Tudor
Participatory Arts Practice:
engaging young audiences
Natalie De Vito
Chair: Josie Hurst
3:10 – 3:30
Afternoon tea
3:30 – 4:25
Pecha Kucha session 2
Chair: Mark Green
4:25 – 4:30
Closing remarks
Mark Green
Focus on Artists
Engaging Artists:
profiling artists who
work with children
Simon Spain and
Robert Brown
Chair: Michael
Focus on Child
The Arts and Young
Children: more than
playing around
Di Nailon and
Sheridan Emery
Chair: Cheryl
Saturday 3rd March, 2012
8:30 – 9:30
Optional: Guided tour of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery’s facilities
for children and families
2 Wellington Street, Royal Park, Launceston
9:30 – 10:00
10:00 – 10:25
Conditions for Engagement and Creative Learning
Robert Brown and Simon Spain
Chair: Prof Ian Hay
10:25 – 11:10
A Taste of Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural Activities
Lola Greeno, Vicki West and Judith Rose-Thomas
11:10 – 11:30
Morning tea
11:30 – 1:00
Concurrent workshops
Communicating through
the Arts
Elspeth Stephenson
and Virginia Kinnear
1:00 – 1:45
1:45 – 3:15
Drawing – your way into
a child’s world
Rosie McKeand
Being in the Space
Jay Watson
Recycled Plastics
Elizabeth Russell-Arnot
Why Offer Song to
Young Children?
Melinda Risby
Concurrent workshops
The Seasons through
Helen Sweeney
I Felt this might be fun
Sonja Hindrum
Drama and Storytelling
Sharon Pittaway
3:15 – 4:10
What are the Characteristics of an Engaging Arts Experience?
Discussion facilitators: Robert Brown and Simon Spain
4:10 – 4:15
Closing remarks
Bec Tudor
4:15 – 4:30
Afternoon tea
Friday 2nd March
9:45 – 10:45
Keynote presentation:
Engaging Children and Families
in the Arts, Simon Spain and
Robert Brown
What engages children and families in the
programs we offer? This session explores
this complex question, taking into
account the voices of children, families,
artists, teachers and arts organisation
leadership. It will critically reflect on a
long-term and detailed case study of
ArtPlay, the very popular community arts
centre in Melbourne.
This session forms part of a series of
national presentations based on the
practice-led theory developed from a
long-term research partnership between
the University of Melbourne and the City
of Melbourne’s ArtPlay. The aim is to
generate exchange and build capacity
amongst arts practitioners, teachers and
organisations working in the arts with
children and families.
Simon Spain is Creative Producer of
ArtPlay and Signal for the City of Melbourne.
Simon graduated as a visual artist in
Brighton, United Kingdom, and worked on
arts and art education projects in London,
Dublin and the west coast of Ireland. In
2003 he moved to Australia to establish
ArtPlay for the City of Melbourne. ArtPlay
has grown to represent best practice arts
programming for children and families. In
2010 the program expanded to include a
new venue, Signal. A central intention of
both initiatives is to bring artists together
with children, families and young people to
co-create art.
Robert Brown is an experienced
arts and education lecturer from the
Melbourne School of Graduate Education
at the University of Melbourne. As Project
Manager at the University of Melbourne’s
Early Learning Centre, Robert was engaged
in numerous practice-led research studies
undertaken with children, teachers and
artists living and working in diverse
communities. Robert is the Senior Research
Associate for an Australian Research Centre
funded project investigating the practices
of ArtPlay. He is also managing a three-year
Australia Council funded Community and
Cultural Partnerships Initiative entitled the
ACCESS program, investigating how facilities
such as ArtPlay and Signal engage diverse
participants in creative and innovative arts
11:15 – 12:15
Keynote presentation:
Adults as Interlocutors: surfacing
children’s voices, Professor
Susan Wright
Taking on the role of interlocutor with a
child as s/he draws is similar to being a
playmate; going with the flow of the child’s
imagination, suspending disbelief and
allowing the child to take the lead. In the
process, the child often chats about the
artwork, the processes of its creation and
the meaning-making and communication
as it surfaces. Several examples of 5 to 8
year old children’s visual narratives will be
presented to illustrate that, when engaging
in art, children make objects of their own
contemplation and, through their bodies
and senses, bring ideas and feelings into
existence. Taking time to be present with
a child during these dynamic encounters
provides powerful evidence that art is a
significant conduit for children to create
meaning, organise and make sense of their
environment and illustrate their aesthetic,
emotional and intellectual competence.
Professor Susan Wright is Chair of Arts
Education within the Melbourne Graduate
School of Education at the University of
Melbourne. Previously she was Professor
and Head of Early Childhood and Special
Needs Education at the National Institute
of Education (NIE) in Singapore, where
she collaborated on the development of an
arts-based experiential kindergarten. Susan
has an extensive arts education background,
with particular expertise in early childhood
education. Susan’s teaching and research
both focus on young children’s learning,
with a particular interest in the mediating
tools of the arts, children’s meaning-making
and voice using artistic symbol systems, arts
pedagogy and developmental semiotics.
1:15 – 2:10
Pecha Kucha Session 1
Based on the principals of Pecha Kucha
(Japanese word for chit chat), a series of
presenters will each speak to 20 slides,
displayed for just 20 seconds each!
There will be time for questions at the
end of the session.
Showcase 1:
Art Tastic, an exhibition which began in
2006, was originally part of Northern
Children’s Network’s celebration of thirty
years of service. It has since grown
to be a vehicle highlighting children’s
creative potential.
Steve Yates has been chief executive
officer of Northern Children’s Network Inc
since early 2006. He is passionate about art,
and how children can develop their own
identity through being creative.
[email protected]
Showcase 2:
Kids Allowed in Kingborough was
an initiative of Kingborough Council,
supported by the Tasmanian Early Years
Foundation, that employed an artist to
work with young children to explore
the concept of a ‘child friendly place’.
Their ideas were included in a ‘popup’ art installation and a concurrent
photographic and children’s art exhibition.
Allison Jones has been a practicing and
exhibiting artist for the last 20 years and
worked in numerous educational settings.
Allison’s artwork explores the concept of
‘feeling at home’, what that means for her
and how to capture this for others through
a range of mediums such as paper sculpture,
fibre, fiberglass and 2-dimensional work.
[email protected]
Showcase 3:
Care Bears Cottage is set in a unique
bush location, lending itself beautifully to
a philosophy influenced by the guiding
principles of Reggio Emilia, Rudolf
Steiner and the Early Years Learning
Framework. This presentation introduces
our philosophy and represents our
cooperative approaches to finding our
voices through the arts.
Michelle Beakley is a mother of three
children, owner and operator of Care Bears
Cottage, which she opened in 2004. She
has completed a Certificate 3 and Diploma
in Children’s Services and is completing a
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and
the Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services.
[email protected]
Showcase 4:
An Exploration of Natural Materials
is a project aimed at encouraging
and extending children’s interest and
curiosity of natural materials through
creativity whilst developing adults’/
parents’ understanding of creativity
in the early years. The project highlights
ways that creative experiences support
child development and early childhood
Amanda Urquhart, born in Scotland,
currently works as an Early Childhood
Teacher in Launching into Learning and
is an Early Intervention Teacher. She has
worked in Early Childhood from a young age
and has experience in teaching, Playcentre
(New Zealand) and family day care.
[email protected]
Showcase 5:
The Art House is strategically located
in a geographically isolated Tasmanian
community which is subject to significant
social and economic disadvantage.
This presentation addresses the
importance of connecting with the
educational needs of students in a holistic
sense as well as examining how the
visual arts nurture the growth of young
people in the community through the
development of a unique partnership
with post graduate students from the
University of Tasmania’s School of Art.
Eve Mills is an International Baccalaureatetrained Visual Arts teacher who has taught
students from Prep to Grade 12 for over three
decades, and is presently completing her
PhD through Curtin University in Western
Australia focusing on engaging both ‘at risk’
and aspiring students through the visual arts.
[email protected]
Showcase 6:
Billy – A Neighbourly Neighbourhoods
Project is a two-year Communities for
Children initiative produced by Creature
Tales and facilitated through Centacare
Burnie. Its aim is to engage young families
with children under 12 in a series of crosscultural and intergenerational exchanges
and to build social capital, neighbourhood
pride and increase community capacity in
areas of disadvantage.
Chris Mead and Stephanie Finn are
from Creature Tales, an arts organisation that
works in the areas of community cultural
development, arts and health, and tourism
visitor experiences. Their current work includes
the Communities for Children project, an arts
initiative with aged residents in high care, and
a Tasmanian themed arts and entertainment
program for the Spirit of Tasmania.
2.10 – 3.10
Concurrent sessions
Participatory Arts Practice –
engaging young audiences
1.Focus on arts organisations
and programs (presentations)
This presentation examines participatory
arts practices that engage audience as
active participant; a model that engages
children and youth more directly in the
arts, offering unique learning experiences.
‘Your New Museum’: what TMAG’s
redevelopment means for young people
Stage 1 of the Tasmanian Museum
and Art Gallery’s redevelopment is now
under way and scheduled for completion
in December 2012. This presentation
gives exciting insight into the new
spaces, exhibitions and public programs
currently in development, with a specific
focus on the kinds of experiences that
will be on offer for early learners, their
carers and families.
Bec Tudor is Coordinator of Art Education
at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
(TMAG). Since 2009 she has coordinated
TMAG’s AccessArt program, which is
funded by Detached Cultural Organisation,
and which aims to increase access to and
engagement with contemporary art, art
practice and creativity for people of all ages.
Natalie De Vito is the Festival Director of
the Junction Arts Festival. As an independent
creative producer, curator, consultant and
writer, she has worked internationally for
over 15 years across the visual and media
arts, theatre and performance art. Most
recently she was the Artistic Producer of
Mammalian Diving Reflex, one of Canada’s
leading performance art companies, where
she developed and produced large-scale
performances and events across 14 countries,
engaging local communities as active
collaborators in live performances.
[email protected]
[email protected]
2.Focus on artists
(presentation and discussion)
3.Focus on child development
Engaging Artists: profiling artists who
work with children
The Arts and Young Children – more
than playing around
Large-scale research into long standing
creative partnership programs in the UK
and USA has championed the value of
artists working with children in school
contexts. A growing body of studies has
also explored the positive contribution
artists make to the artistic and social
engagement of children and youth in
community-based settings. In Australia,
there is a lack of in-depth research that
profiles the characteristics of artist-child
interactions in non-school contexts.
ArtPlay has been identified as a ‘rich site’
for research. This presentation profiles the
backgrounds, beliefs and practices of a
group of artists presenting arts workshops
for children aged 3–12 years at ArtPlay.
Working effectively with young children in
the arts is more than just playing around
(though that is fun too). This workshop
uses an interactive approach to examine
key aspects of children’s development,
learning, and agency related to engaging
children in the arts. Case studies will
allow us to look at what happens when
we work artistically with children and
apply ideas from early childhood research
and theory to what we do. The ideas
presented in this workshop link with
principles and outcomes from early years
and national curriculum frameworks.
Simon Spain and Robert Brown
(see earlier biography)
Di Nailon has more than 30 years
experience in early childhood teacher
education, working at the Queensland
University of Technology and the University
of Tasmania. Di‘s background includes
presenting to educators, parents and
teachers in schools in Queensland on a
wide range of topics concerned with early
childhood development and learning. Di’s
current PhD research focuses on pedagogical
leadership in response to the National
Quality Framework for early childhood.
[email protected]
Sherridan Emery brings a range of
experiences to the topic of children’s agency
through arts education. As a mother and
volunteer in Montessori and Reggio Emilia
inspired early childhood settings she has
participated in and designed arts-based
learning experiences in collaboration with
teachers and educators. Sherridan’s currently
works as a researcher examining children’s
agency through the arts, and is a tutor in
design at the University of Tasmania.
3:30 – 4:25
Pecha Kucha Session 2
Showcase 7:
Interactive exhibitions are common in
science and technology centres but less
so in art galleries. Find out about some
exciting developments in the design and
development of art galleries which cater
for very young audiences.
Dr Moira Simpson has worked as an
art teacher, teacher trainer and museum
education officer for 30 years. She is now
Visual Art and Design Education Officer at
the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery,
[email protected]
Showcase 9:
STOP. REST. PLAY. was a temporary
public art project that occurred in an
unused shopfront in the CBD of Hobart in
December of 2011. The project facilitated
a temporary parent’s and children’s
space that invited participants to play
with ideas about a city that provides
better spaces of encounter for children.
Bec Stevens is a Hobart-based artist.
Recent group exhibitions include Green,
Plimsoll Gallery (2010) and Look Out,
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (2010).
She has held regular solo exhibitions and has
received funding from the Australia Council
for the Arts and Arts Tasmania for projects
and residencies locally and interstate.
[email protected]
Showcase 8:
The kinder museum was a project
initiated and developed by the
kindergarten of The Fahan School
after observing and drawing a stuffed
pheasant, and a visit to the Tasmanian
Museum and Art Gallery taxidermist. “I
know! We could turn our whole room into
a museum!” That is what happened.
Showcase 10:
Streets Alive Youth Arts Festival is an
inclusive event that involves young people
engaging in the arts and with the broader
community to discuss, debate, explore
and express their opinions and issues
of relevance.
Jennifer Parsons graduated from the
Brisbane Kindergarten Teachers’ College
and holds a Bachelor of Education and a
Master of Education. In her Masters she
completed research about young children
and art including the role of the atelier and
atelierista in the pre-schools of Reggio Emila.
Kim Schneiders created the first Streets
Alive in 1999 and has been the Executive
Coordinator for the past five festivals.
Kim also coordinates the Access Arts Link
program working with a team of artists with
a disability and creative mentors. Kim has a
textile and photographic background.
[email protected]
[email protected]
Showcase 11:
Last year the Meander Valley Early Years
Network used puppet shows and music
experiences to engage with families in
schools and community groups. This
year the program has been extended to
include puppet making, music making
and circus skills workshops as a way to
create positive relationships between
parents and young children, and build
connections with other early years service
Showcase 12:
What makes a good artist-teacher
partnership? What are the benefits and
what are the pitfalls? And what do young
people make of the whole deal? Glimpse
some of the faces (and the art) behind
successful artist teacher partnerships
in schools and early childhood settings
around Australia.
Libby Beyerle is a Community Health
Social Worker at the Deloraine District
Hospital. She has a passion for early
intervention and building positive supports
in the early years and enjoys working
collaboratively with rural communities.
Mary Ann Hunter is Senior Lecturer
in Drama Education at the University of
Tasmania, and was the start-up coordinator
of community-run meenah mienne, an arts
mentoring program for Aboriginal young
people in Northern Tasmania. In 2010 Mary
Ann was commissioned to conduct the national
evaluation of the Australian Government’s
Artist in Residence Initiative.
[email protected]
[email protected]
Sean Manners has been involved in
puppetry for over 25 years. His company,
Pelican Puppets, has performed shows
and conducted workshops since 1992.
Sean has initiated and co‑ordinated many
community arts projects in New South
Wales and Tasmania.
[email protected]
Ongoing throughout the day
in the foyer: Paper sculpture
Co-create a paper sculpture reflecting the
journey of ideas and inspirations emerging
from the forum with artist Alison Jones.
Allison Jones (see earlier biography)
Saturday 3rd March
8:30 – 9:30
Optional guided tour
Optional guided tour of the Queen
Victoria Museum and Art Gallery’s
facilities for children and families.
2 Wellington Street, Royal Park,
Own transport required.
10:00 – 10:25
Conditions for Engagement and
Creative Learning – Simon Spain
and Robert Brown
This presentation introduces the
conditions that support children’s
engagement and creative learning.
What are the characteristics of an
engaging arts experience?
Simon Spain and Robert Brown
(see earlier biography)
10:25 – 11:10
A Taste of Tasmanian
Aboriginal Cultural Activities
– Lola Greeno, Vicki West
and Judith‑Rose Thomas
A hands-on workshop where you will
experience contemporary Aboriginal
artists using a range of mediums and
cultural materials, including shell stringing,
painting and basket making.
Lola Greeno is a Tasmanian Aboriginal
woman born on Cape Barren Island. Lola
is renowned for her shell necklaces, which
are integral to her Tasmanian Aboriginal
heritage. Lola has exhibited throughout
Australia and overseas including the 2004
Athens Olympics. Currently, Lola is the
Program Officer for Aboriginal Arts with
Arts Tasmania. Vicki West is a Tasmanian sculptor, weaver
and installation artist who works with vines,
kelp and textiles. Vicki completed her Master
of Fine Arts in 2008 at the University of
Tasmania. Judith-Rose Thomas is a Tasmanian
artist of the Ben Lomond people whose
geometric, mixed-media paintings reflect
upon an engagement with the Aboriginal
petroglyphs of the north western and north
eastern coasts of Tasmania, and comment
on the European structures that frame
aspects of Aboriginal experience today. In
2002 Judith-Rose completed a Bachelor of
Fine Arts degree with Honours, and in 2004
achieved a Masters of Fine Arts and Design,
both at the University of Tasmania.
11:30 – 1:00
Concurrent workshops
1. Communicating through the Arts:
Part I: Using the Arts to co-construct
meaning with young children
In this workshop you will be invited to
consider ways in which the arts can
be used to support communication
with young children, especially when
accessing their perspectives on issues of
significance. Practical strategies of how
to listen to young children to ensure their
voices are heard with authenticity will also
be explored.
Elspeth Stephenson has more than 20
years experience in the field of education,
working with children aged from 6 weeks
to 16 years, and is now working in the
area of pre-service education. Elspeth is
undertaking her PhD in Early Childhood; her
research focus is the voice of the young child
in educational research, particularly in the
area of wellbeing during transition. Elspeth
is currently working on the development of
arts-related research methods which access
the authentic voice of the young child, and
is Lecturer in Teacher Professional Learning,
University of Tasmania.
[email protected]
Part II: Mathematical concepts through
the Arts
In this workshop you will be invited to
consider ways arts experiences can
strengthen mathematical concept
learning and extend young children’s
capacity to enjoy and express themselves.
Practical strategies of how to use art
experiences to engage learning across
the numeracy curriculum are explored.
The ideas presented in these workshops
link with principles and outcomes from
early years and national curriculum
Virginia Kinnear’s professional
background was as a lawyer, and her initial
(serendipitous) entry into early childhood
education was through Montessori training
and teaching in the USA. After returning
to Australia and obtaining her early
childhood degree, Virginia worked as
an early childhood educator and teacher
educator in South Australia for more than
a decade. She is currently completing her
PhD in early childhood mathematics and
is Lecturer in Mathematics Education,
University of Tasmania.
[email protected]
2. Drawing – your way into a child’s world
This workshop will provide the
opportunity to work with basic art
materials in a playful, enjoyable
way within a safe, non-threatening
environment. Rosie will share ideas and
techniques that she has gathered over
her years of working with young children,
parents, teachers and community groups.
Some of the ideas will reaffirm the way
you work, while others may inspire a fresh
approach to engage children with artmaking as a visual language.
Rosie McKeand is an experienced art
educator who has worked as part of the
AccessArt team at the Tasmanian Museum
and Art Gallery since 2008. AccessArt aims
to engage people of all ages and backgrounds
with contemporary art, art practice and
creativity. During her extensive career
Rosie has worked with various communities
and educational institutions to encourage
creativity and promote the value of
art‑making as a way to enhance lives.
3. Being in the Space
Jay will take you through a physical
dance class designed for children aged
4-6years. The first part of this workshop
will look at warm-up games, sequence
building and choreographic tools.
The second part will be a discussion
about practical elements.
Jay Watson has a Bachelor of Arts in
contemporary dance and has worked for
Tasdance in various roles for the last 15
years. He has also worked extensively
for Access Arts Link and the Tasmanian
Department of Education. Jay also sits on
the board for Interweave Arts Association.
[email protected]
[email protected]
1:45 – 3:15pm
Concurrent workshops
1a.The seasons through Drama
This workshop will demonstrate how
drama and movement can be effectively
used to reinforce key basic concepts. It
will show a practical and simple way of
running a drama/movement session that
could be reinvented for any number of
topics. The workshop will demonstrate
how drama sequences and physical
participation can encourage oral literacy.
It would be advisable for participants
to wear loose comfortable clothing,
but none of the activities will be very
Helen Sweeney was a primary classroom
teacher for 22 years. Last year she began a
new role as drama specialist at Glenorchy
Primary School. Her role is federallyfunded and aims to use drama techniques
to improve literacy outcomes in students
and to teach teachers how to use drama in
their classrooms.
[email protected]
1b. I Felt this might be fun!
You will leave this work shop with a
finished felted book mark. All we will use
is bubble wrap or a sushi mat, a spray
bottle, soapy water, a scrap of curtain net
and some carded wool. Many different
ideas for how this basic technique may
be used with young children, creating
reasonably quick results, will be
Sonja Hindrum is a textile artist and
designer who has developed site-specific
artwork for events such as Illuminations,
the Junction Arts Festival and Ten
Days on the Island. More recently, in
conjunction with an Arts Tasmania
residency she developed a prototype of
the Talking Skirt, in which audio files are
triggered through the use of conductive
thread sewn into the lining of a dress.
[email protected]
2. Recycled plastics workshop
This workshop will provide an interesting,
educational and fun set of art activities
and using plastic bottles, plastic bags,
chip packets and other plastics. Items
made in the workshop will demonstrate
recycling, reuse and responsibility and
important information about safety
with plastics will be discussed. This
art/education workshop is delivered
using a ‘Bridging the Gap’ method that
employs the components of engagement,
participation, skill development,
communication and outcomes, which are
the pathways of development in art.
Elizabeth Russell-Arnot has had a long
career in art: as an educator in art, music,
cultural training, community capacity
building and art therapy; and as a painter,
specialising in finely detailed natural
history paintings. While raising two boys
with cystic fibrosis, her career turned to
writing and illustrating fiction and nonfiction children’s books on natural history
subjects. She recently completed her Masters
of Contemporary Art at the University of
Tasmania, in which the environment became
a focus of her work.
[email protected]
3a. Why offer Song to young children?
A practical session with anecdotes and a
guitar, for people interested in extending
the discussion about why and ways to
offer musical experiences. The session
will inform parents about lullabies and
how to give the child directions with
song, assist caregivers to understand the
role of music in early childhood learning
and the exploration of ideas, and offer
simple ways to support adults who may
have told themselves that they can’t sing
in tune and wonder how to stop that
attitude travelling to the next generation!
Melinda Risby has studied teaching
and child development. She has worked
in primary schools, child care and the
community. Her professional roles include:
establishing a 25 place childcare centre
for the Sorell Council, working at Lady
Gowrie, employment as a Resource Worker,
supporting families with additional needs,
and providing training to the children’s
services sector. She has co-ordinated several
pre-kinder programs and is interested
in song, storytelling, improvisation and
[email protected]
3b. Drama and Storytelling
Through sharing well-known stories, as
well as picture books, children can be
transported to other places, take on new
characters, and think in different ways
from different perspectives. This handson, experiential workshop will introduce
you to some strategies for engaging
children in exploring other ways of being.
Through the use of an ‘In Role’ strategy
this workshop provides ideas for easy
ways into drama that won’t lead to chaos
or a lack of control.
Sharon Pittaway used to be a drama
teacher but now is deeply engaged in
pre-service teacher education. Sharon
has a passion for preparing articulate,
thinking teachers and knows that drama
is a fabulous tool for this development.
Sharon has five children, seven
grandchildren and two puppies.
[email protected]
3:15 – 4:15
What are the characteristics of an
engaging arts experience?
Discussion led by Simon Spain and
Robert Brown with the key question of
‘What has engaged you and what would
engage children?’
Thank you
We would like to thank all presenters,
workshops leaders and attendees for
their valuable contribution to this forum.
The Creative Connections in the Early
Years project is an initiative of the
Tasmanian Early Years Foundation in
partnership with the Tasmanian Museum
and Art Gallery.
This forum has been supported by UTAS
School of Education
Photography; documentation from
Creative Connections in the Early Years
trial program, by Sarah Foley