Teaching Critical and Creative Thinking Through the Visual Arts For Primary and Secondary Teachers

Teaching Critical and Creative Thinking Through the Visual Arts For Primary and Secondary Teachers

Thursday 27 April 2017, 9.30-3pm

Art Education Victoria has partnered with Bendigo Art Gallery to present an exciting hands-on program focusing on the F-10 Curriculum Critical and Creative Capacities with workshops for both primary and secondary teachers.

The Visual Arts offer the perfect context for developing critical and creative thinking. The program will start with a workshop unpacking the Critical and Creative Thinking Capacity and Visual Arts curriculum, exploring how they can complement each other and making connections to research based strategies that will support their implementation. We will deepen our understanding of what learning experiences will deliver the best results and strengthen our planning.

After lunch, work with Helen Attrill applying Critical and Creative Thinking strategies within the gallery, drawing from the exciting new Collective vision: 130 Years exhibition. Back in the presentation space, we will work collaboratively with AEV president Steve Marks and Hilary Senhanli from Inspiring Fun to reflect on our practices and set goals for the year ahead.

Join us for a day of exploring the F-10 Curriculum and developing great approaches to improve teaching practice through the Visual Arts.

Location: Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe Arts Institute (42 View Street, Bendigo and 121 View Street, Bendigo)

AEV Members and Bendigo Gallery Members use Promotional Code Member2017 to obtain a 20% discount.

Helen Attrill
Helen divides her time between working as an Education Officer at Bendigo Art Gallery and a Studio Arts teacher at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Helen has worked at Bendigo Art Gallery for over 20 years and is renowned for implementing curriculum relevant Professional Development programs for teachers, Studio Arts Immersion Days and developing resources. She was most recently invited to be an independent reviewer and presenter for Studio Arts for the consultation and implementation process of the new Study Design. She is also a member of the Advisory Panel for Creative Victoria and is a regular VCAA Studio Arts Exam Marker and Access Education Exam Revision Presenter.

Hilary Senhanli
Hilary Senhanli is a practising artist, an art teacher and founder of Visual Diary Guide method. Her collection of Visual Diaries going back 15 years, are the engine room of her art practice, her workshops for Art, VCD, Media Arts and Product Design teachers, and incursions for secondary schools since 2009. The Visual Diary Guide method is all about the creative process and helping students work as an artist does. It addresses creativity in a class environment.

Steve Marks
Steve Marks is a passionate educator driven by a desire to see creativity unlocked in students across Victoria through the visual arts. He has worked a variety of roles within the Department of Education and Training for the last ten years, specialising in visual art and technology. Currently he works part time in an atelierista/transdisciplinary role at Princes Hill Primary School and as a Sessional Educator at the National Gallery of Victoria while also serving the visual art community through Art Education Victoria. Steve has dedicated his attention to find ways to deepen student understandings and strengthen conceptual knowledge within and beyond the arts curriculum.


Art Education Victoria and Bendigo Art Gallery acknowledge the support of the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program.

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