Cubitt Education opens the Festival of Blackboards, our summer programme exploring arts education, with a timely seminar focusing on art in schools.
For many people working in the visual arts, the art room at school was unlike any other classroom; whether a quiet refuge or lively mess it could always be a place for drawing, making, exploring and independent thinking. Classroom Control will transport you back to those early experiences: visionary speakers from across the education spectrum will reimagine and reflect on the art room as a unique space for the critical and imaginative mind, in the setting of an exhibition of new work by students at The Welling School.
The seminar will also provide the opportunity raise key questions about the impact of current changes in the education system: will the English Baccalaureate lead to millions fewer students studying art at GCSE level in the coming years? Do academy schools represent the privatisation of an essential right, or a space to try new ideas and develop the best educational models? With the end of Creative Partnerships how will visual arts organisations and artists be supported to make connections with schools?
Speakers include: Dr Howard Hollands (Programme Leader: PGCE Art and Design, Middlesex University); Steve Moffitt (Director of A New Direction); Rob Bird (Head of Art and Competence at Oasis Academy, Enfield)
The Festival of Blackboards runs from 19th-31st of July at Cubitt and includes free seminars on a wide range of issues, including: the impact of current changes in education on the creative industries; the connections between art, anthropology and early years education; and the future of the art school. For full information visit:
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