Unmapping: Creative Thinking

Duration: 2 hours
Audience: Primary and High School Teachers
Cost: $150 pp or $1500 for school groups

Register for Unmapping.

A focus on standardised testing has not only sidelined the arts in Australian schools but steered creative expression towards formulaic practices - even as studies point to creative thinking as essential for the citizens of the future. The Unmapping program explicitly unpacks creative processes and links the visual and written arts, helping you to encourage students to approach new challenges with curiosity and build confidence in their ability to creatively experiment. In Unmapping resident artists worked alongside SF facilitators and MCA artist educators to show students different paths to creative outcomes. By demythologising the act of creativity, by building a new map from inspiration to artistic expression, you will help students to access key literacy skills, and claim creativity for themselves.

Participants will:

  • Be introduced to the concepts and theories behind the program

  • Explore the connections between creativity in the visual arts and student creative writing, and learn how to draw explicit links for students to understand

  • Be guided through one specific lesson in detail, and take part in a series of activities that engage different student learning styles

Participants will also be given the opportunity to discuss and plan their own creative process connections for their classroom or school, looking at various art and design forms that might capture the imagination of their students and draw from local pools of creatives.

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1.2.2 - Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.
1.5.2 - Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.

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