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A Visual Arts Approach in the Classroom 12 - 16 Jul 2021

Always hugely popular with teachers, we are delighted to be presenting this course once more. This hands-on, creative course focuses on a visual arts approach to exploring narrative, literacy & other subjects. This year, due to ongoing public health restrictions, this face-to-face course will take place live online using Zoom video conferencing.

This is a five-day Department of Education EPV-approved summer course for teachers.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

The aim of the course is to enable participants to start the new school year with an enhanced tool box of skills and knowledge, in order to effectively deliver the visual arts curriculum in the classroom. Participants will be engaged ‘hands-on’ throughout this course so learning will be through doing. Working in teams and individually, you will cover a range of curriculum strands including drawing, painting, print, 3D construction, fabric and fibre.

A strong emphasis will be on building skills and confidence. The group will also explore how visual art can be used to engage with aspects of the English, SPHE, History and Maths curriculum, as well as to promote visual literacy approaches. School self-evaluation exercises will be incorporated as an integral part of the course.

This course will be delivered digitally, allowing participants to work as part of a larger group as well as in smaller groups using virtual “break out” rooms. Time will also be given for individual reflection and learning.

This course will appeal to teachers of all levels of experience and will be facilitated by the visual arts and education specialist and founder of Art to Heart, Jole Bortoli. This is a continuing professional development opportunity not to be missed!

Requirements for Participation

  • Computer/Tablet/Phone with internet access for Zoom – placed on a table at eye level
  • A tabletop workspace for creative making (min 1 sq metre)
  • A number of basic art/making materials you should easily have at home. A full list will be sent to you in advance so you have time to prepare.
  • An art pack containing more specialist materials will be posted to you in advance. Please have this with you on the first day of the course.

Online platform: The workshop will be delivered using the Zoom video call software. This will be a private Zoom session which will only be accessed by those booked into the course, the artist and The Ark's staff. The session will be recorded for the safety and security of all participants, however this recording will not be shared publicly and will be deleted within 30 days.


About Jole Bortoli

Jole Bortoli, is a visual artist, art-facilitator and director of Art to Heart – an art organisation that works with children and adults in art, educational and community settings.

Jole regularly curates and leads visual art programmes in The Ark where she also facilitates the Primary Schools Visual Art Curriculum as part of the Department of Education and Skills and EPV-approved summer course for teachers. She has art-directed the interior design of children-centred spaces such as the A&E Department in Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the Office for the Ombudsman for Children.

Jole currently works in Dublin and the Burren, Co. Clare and every week she leads workshops for children and adults.

Jole’s personal practice as a visual artist goes hand in hand with her work as artist facilitator. Her personal work either informs or is a response to what she explores with the people she works with, and it is the visual expression of observations, reflections and study.