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Painting, Ceramics and Printmaking skills for the generalist teacher

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Ideally suited for the primary generalist this short course will also be of value to lower secondary teacher for whom art is their minor.

Event details

In this 2-day short course we will focus on the foundation skills of ceramics construction and decoration to allow participants to build confidence and familiarity with materials, methods, processes and techniques for their primary art program. 

Wednesday, 23 January and Thursday, 24 January 2019
09:00 - 15:00
Building 501, Room 218 School of Education, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley WA 6012.
Registration for two days : $445.50 Registration per workshop : $247.50 Curtin staff/students registration for two days: $222.75 Curtin staff/students registration per workshop: $123.75

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Day One: Introduction to Clay Bodies, Underglazes, Tools/Equipment and Pinchpot Construction (Paper Clay) – Wed 23 Jan 2019

  • We begin by learning basic wedging, cutting, manipulating skills and create a range of sample decorative texture/colour tiles to use as a teaching resource.
  • We extend the morning’s work by using pinch pot construction techniques to build a small pinchpot dragon. Texture and colour add personality to these super cute little reptiles.

 Day Two: Introduction to Slab and Coil-Construction – stencils, lids, handles and other additions   –

Thurs 24 Jan 2019

  • In our second day we learn how to cut paper stencils to transfer designs onto clay using underglazes. We use our tiles to build a small four-sided stencilled treasure box.
  • In the afternoon learn how to use coil construction to make a small work and decorate through the addition of lids, handles and maybe even a spout.
  • Underglaze designs and 3D additions extend if time allows.

Each day is supported with a fully developed project brief mapped to the WA Curriculum (Arts Making and Arts Responding Strands) and is suitable for the upper primary/lower secondary visual arts contexts.

A range of suppliers/contacts (e.g. where to take work for firing) will be included in your short course resource kit.

Extend/consolidate your studio skills in the core discipline of ceramics which is an essential focus within the K-7 WA Visual Arts Curriculum in this practical 2 day short course.

Professional Artist and K-12 Arts Education specialist Dr Lisa Paris will guide you in a range of 2D studio skills you can implement in your upper primary/lower secondary art program this year.

Min 10 people to go ahead with session.

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About your presenter

Dr Lisa Paris has a long career in the arts and arts education.  Her work has involved her in teaching artists, student teachers and educators, as well as curriculum design across all years of early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary arts education.  She worked as a visual arts specialist and Head of Learning Area (Arts) for 20 years in WA schools before entering tertiary education as a senior lecturer in visual arts education in the School of Education at Edith Cowan University in 2004.  Lisa was President of the Art Education Association of WA 2001-3. She was the Course Coordinator for secondary Arts Education at Edith Cowan University (2004-2015 inclusive) before accepting a similar role at Curtin University in 2016 encompassing all of the Arts. Lisa holds a tenured position as a senior academic in the School of Education at Curtin University where she coordinates studies in arts education at all levels from early childhood through to senior secondary.

Since 2004 Lisa has been the joint recipient of over $220,000 in Awards/Grants in arts education research (ECU/Curtin).  She is a Reviewer for arts education for the Australian Journal of Teacher Education and the International Journal of Arts in Society. Lisa’s doctoral studies culminated in an innovative Artist in Residence (AiR) program which won the ECU Vice Chancellor’s award in 2008 and which now annually places 15-20 AiRs in WA schools.  Lisa works predominantly as a painter and her practice explores the human condition, women’s stories and particularly the role of social media in shaping identity. Her artwork is held in private collections in Australia and overseas.  Her most recent solo exhibitions were Gadfly Gallery 2014 and Emerge Arts Space 2015.  Her next exhibition ‘the Digital Sabbath and the Digital Distraction’ (Joint Show: Lisa Paris and Julia Morris) is confirmed for the prestigious ‘The Moore’s’ Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle in February 2020 and will include an exhibition of over 50 paintings.