Festival of Teaching – feedback from Lauren Wilson AENT Travel Grant recipient (PTANT Funded)


September 4, 2019

Image of Bronwyn Packwood in ‘Fantasy Maps’ session at 2019 FoT

Festival of Teaching
Lauren Wilson Bradshaw Primary School, Alice Springs

I had an absolute ball at the Festival of Teaching held this year in Darwin at Palmerston College. I can’t thank Art Educators NT enough for fantastic the opportunity to travel to Darwin this year and attend the festival. The Event was a fantastic day filled with a range of different learning spanning the curriculum as well as two engaging key note speakers.
I attended all four of the Art based workshops. All these workshops were fun, engaging and hands on. Veronica Hodges taught us the art of Gel Printing and how you can make your own gel plates, as well as incorporate a number of different found materials into our printing. Bronwyn Packwood showed us how we can incorporate other curriculum areas, such as history and geography into the art room with her session on fantasy maps. Alison Dowell taught us a new and exciting way to teach drawing portraits for students of all ages -including drawing, collage and mixed media materials. And to finish John Eaton from Oxlades showed us solarfast printing, and we were able to experimenting with a wide range of inks, dyes and mediums.
The event was also a great opportunity for remote art teachers, like me to meet and connect with other art educators in the Territory and be involved in practical art based professional learning. Thank you again Arts Educators NT for the opportunity to attend this event is has been the most valuable Professional development I have attended all year.