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Teachers' CPD: Creativity in the Online Classroom Made Easy 30 Jan - 25 Feb 2021

In this CPD workshop for teachers, you will learn a range of easy, accessible skills to help you bring creativity into your online teaching.

Find out how easy it can be to breathe imagination into an online class, inspiring both your students and yourself. The ideas shared will be useful for both teaching online and when you are back in the classroom.

Perhaps you are overwhelmed with the technical aspects of moving your teaching online, or feeling frustrated with the limitations and struggling to make your online lessons creative and engaging. Or perhaps you are simply looking for some fresh inspiration for ideas that can work well in the online space. Join us for this morning of inspiration and art-making to help you address these challenges, led by artist Duffy Mooney-Sheppard who has been leading (and loving) online classes for children for the past year.

Find out more about Duffy’s experience and her top tips, simple techniques and easy-to-learn methods for working creatively online. You will spend time making a mini portfolio of art lesson ideas which have been tried and tested online, utilising the simplest of materials that your class may have at home.

During this session you will gain valuable time to explore various tools available on Zoom to develop, hone and gain confidence in digital art lessons. Ideas shared will be adaptable and transferrable to other online platforms you may be using also. The possibilities in virtual learning spaces are wide and we are all learning! We will ask questions, share challenges, try things out and build our knowledge as a group.

By the end of the workshop we hope to have banished your fears so that utilising the online space will feel more creative, enjoyable and rewarding for you into the future.

Curricular Links

The CPD course will focus on the use of digital technology to enhance teaching and learning. The workshop will focus in particular to the drawing strand of the Visual Art Curriculum as well as imaginative language development in English. Making use of materials that are easy to access at home and the themes used will encourage an environmental awareness approach linking across the SESE curricula exploring the strands such as human and natural environments as well as environmental awareness and care.

Requirements for participation:

  • Laptop/Computer with internet access for zoom
  • Materials:
    • Paper
    • Scissors
    • A glue stick e.g. Pritt Stick or similar
    • Sellotape
    • Something to write or draw with (e.g. pens, pencils, markers etc)
Duffy Mooney Sheppard

About Duffy Mooney-Sheppard

Duffy is a visual artist, arts program curator and workshop facilitator. A recent graduate of the MA Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Arts, she is drawn to the process of story-making as a way to explore ideas and share her curiosity about the natural world. With many years of experience working creatively with young people at The Ark and many other cultural institutions and schools, she has developed her facilitation methods which are based in playful observation, imagination and telling tall tales. This year, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, she founded Little Islands Art Club, an online art groups for children and adults. Find out more at: