Fresh AIR in 2014
More than 600 students and 40 teachers from 6 schools worked closely with 10 artists in 2014 through Fresh AIR.
Artists delivered many hundreds of hours of learning to students and teachers about their art making practice, techniques and skills. The artists mentored and shared knowledge with students across artforms including painting, print-making, ceramics, collage, video-making, sound art, writing dance and performance. SEE ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
Artist studios were established at the schools to provide a dedicated space for art-making. In these studios, students and teachers made art and also observed the professional artists creating new work. Teachers were exposed to new art making processes, materials and skills, through which they developed new teaching programs, additional teaching resources and new assessment tasks.
The students demonstrated their creative achievements and shared their learning through public exhibitions and performances.
SEE FEATURED WORKS
The Artists and Schools collaborated with industry Project Partners to provide further opportunities for student learning and artistic network.
Outcomes reported by the schools in 2014
- Creative Learning for students and teachers, some of which was not previously offered in the school curriculum
- Greater exposure to new materials, processes, techniques and ways of seeing
- New learning relationships between students and teachers
- Development of leadership skills, confidence and teamwork
- Increased student participation and motivation
- Opportunity for self-expression
- Presenting cultural role models
- Presentation skills
- Professional Development for Teachers
- Recognition of achievements through awards and invitations to participate in community projects, exhibitions, performances and events.
Fresh AIR in 2014 – 2016
A three year Research Study into the funded Fresh AIR projects is being conducted alongside the artists’ residencies. This study is being led by the University of Newcastle in partnership with the University of Western Sydney, selected for their track record in delivering high quality arts and education research.
Chief Investigators are Dr Christine Hatton from the University of Newcastle and Associate Professor Mary Mooney from the University of Western Sydney
The aim of the Research Study is to measure and evaluate the artist residency programs effect on the participating schools in terms of their:
- Impact on student learning outcomes
- Impact on school community building
- Changes in the professional practice of teachers and artists
These impacts are being measured through extensive field collection of quantitative and qualitative data including surveys, interviews, focus groups, site visits and observational techniques – all requiring well-considered engagement with schools and the artists.
This data and its analysis will also be used to identify the key components of best practice in Artist-in-Residence programs.