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The Winter Art Studio Approach for Teachers 22 Nov 2014

A CPD Course for Primary School Teachers. In partnership with Dublin West Education Centre. Experience an innovative and non-prescriptive approach to visual arts education and how it could be applied within your school.

This session will take place in The Ark’s new Winter Art Studio which is a stimulating visual arts experience that incorporates all six stands of the Visual Arts Curriculum.

The studio is a visually and mentally stimulating space with an innovative and non-prescriptive approach to visual arts education, designed to promote independent learning. This vibrant, visually rich space is packed with inspiring winter themed ‘things’: artwork, books, diagrams, plants, tactile 3D objects, photographs and illustrations designed to inspire and engage you, complete with many different tools and materials to work with. During your time in the studio, you will experience aspects of an artist’s studio environment and processes including observation, discussion, experimentation with materials and techniques, creating artwork and reflecting on finished work, all facilitated by a professional artist and support team.

Artist Jole Bortoli will lead this session where you will explore the theme of winter through a range of different media and processes. You will have the space to freely experiment, create and enjoy visual art. Jole will demonstrate different techniques and provide inspiration and support, and suggest ways you can bring elements of the studio experience into the classroom. Throughout the session, you will build on your skills to deliver creative visual arts sessions in the classroom.

Jole has extensive experience in working with children and with adults who work with children through the arts and has recently facilitated The Ark’s DES approved, week long, visual arts teachers summer course in The Ark in partnership with Dublin West Education Centre.

About Jole Bortoli

Jole has extensive experience in working with children and with adults who work with children through the arts. As well as her work at The Ark, Jole
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 is also the founder of Art to Heart, an organisation that provides art courses for children and adults in educational, community and art settings. She is currently working in Dublin and the Burren, Co. Clare and every week she leads workshops for children and adults. In Dublin she regularly works with the Ark as artist-facilitator in visual art programmes and also with the Sanctuary, a spirituality Centre in the heart of Dublin city, where she is a facilitator in their Youth Programme. From 2006 to 2009 she was the artist in residence in Larkin Community College as part of the Learning Through Arts Programme.

In the Burren, Co. Clare she runs workshops every fortnight and every summer she holds several weeks of training in her workshop.
In the last couple of years Jole has started to illustrate and write her own stories, which she self-publishes. Her first book “Iria” was launched in April 2010 and she’s now working on her second.