How COVID allows educators to creatively connect to the arts

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    Galleries and cultural centres have been forced to close their doors during COVID, and rapidly develop online resources to engage their audiences. This can be a boon for educators, and their students with art experiences more accessible online than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely disrupted the arts and cultural industries, according to the Australia Council for the Arts. Excursions have been restricted and access to creative materials are also a challenge in lockdown. This was the case for our much-anticipated Art-Reach program run in partnership with McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, our pre-service teachers and local school children. Inspired by galleries from around the world, we re-imagined our fieldwork and took it entirely online. Working in collaboration we created art activities for families, children and teachers. The activities were designed to encourage playful art-making activities using everyday materials, as well as providing art appreciation activities for families, children and teachers. We called this art@home.

    Period25 Sep 2020

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    Keywords

    • art@home
    • McClelland Gallery
    • creative partnerships
    • pre-service teachers
    • COVID
    • sculptures
    • making
    • responding
    • Victorian Curriculum