Role of art in education

THE use of art in primary and secondary education is up for scrutiny at a conference held in the southside next month.

The event, hosted by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) at Pollokshields arts venue Tramway, will allow teachers from across the country to join education specialists in discussing the role of contemporary art in Scotland’s curriculum for excellence programme.

Sheila Page, of Education Scotland, will deliver a presentation on creativity and the art and design school curriculum, while staff and young people from Room 13 – a school-based visual arts studio in Fort William – will talk about contemporary art in the classroom.

Diarmuid McAuliffe, from the UWS school of education, is co-ordinating the event. He explained: “The conference comes at a time of great chance for art and design teachers in Scotland.

“It will provide attendees with an opportunity to come together and share experiences of curriculum for excellence in the presence of — among others — Education Scotland and the young artists of Room 13.

“The conference will provide delegates with a chance to share the latest approaches in art education as well as discover more about the university’s popular artist teacher programme”.

The university’s MEd artist teacher course – the only one of its kind in Scotland – is a partnership between the National Society for Education in Art and Design and Glasgow Museums, designed to to enable teachers to develop their artistic skills on a personal level.

It’s a postgraduate degree for teachers at primary and secondary school level, and explores traditional fine art and design as well as public art, performance, film-based media and digital art – more information on the programme is available on the UWS website.

The Tramway conference takes place on April 28 as part of the Glasgow International Festival of the Visual Arts, and those who wish to attend can find out more at www.glasgowinternational.org.