Art collaboration in teaching session

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Educational Leadership and School Improvement MEd/MPhil

Working in collaboration with Sue Swaffield with her 27 ELSI students. We plan an art  session based around the lesson plan to illustrate themes and journeys and to see how using art can aid or change perspectives or offer new insights. We use paper (white and coloured), glue, scissors, pens and oil pastels. Students work in groups and make paper cut out shapes to represent the themes and key ideas from their year. These quickly become multi-layered, complex and 3 dimensional.


They continue mapping their research journey using oil pastels to describe, visually, tasks set as a review of the year. During reflection and reponse students seem  animated talking about their work and how shapes represent different areas of their projects and thoughts. For most of the students this activity together, with Sue’s facilitation, enables deep reflections and analysis.

‘Engaging and thought provoking’

‘So freeing for the mind’

‘The activities built on each other well’

‘Innovative format, but we still managed to achieve our objective of reflecting on our learning and growth’

‘Creative, fantastic!’

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