The Tate Teachers programme offers teachers, gallery educators and artists the opportunity to work with a practising artist or a creative professional to explore approaches to engaging with art works. Using the gallery as an alternative learning environment, courses for teachers are designed to equip them with a broad range of tools for taking advantage of the educational value of working with art.
Courses and events are half price for trainee teachers (unless otherwise stated), and short and one-day courses are free for advanced skills teachers.
Unpicking Tate Modern – Thursday 5 Octoberber 2010, 16:00 – 18:00
This course is an introduction to Tate Modern for those who are new to the gallery or wish to explore alternative methods for interpreting the Collection displays. Facilitated by a practising artist, it provides an understanding of how art works are grouped and how this structure can be used when planning a visit. We explore creative links across the Collection, through different movements, eras and art forms.
Contemporary Art in the Classroom – Tuesday 16 November 2010, 16.0018.00
This course looks at how to make the most of your gallery visit by exploring practical ways to use contemporary art at school. It encourages teachers to creatively reinvent the way that classroom and school resources can be used to unpick the themes current in contemporary art.
Collect and Collate Thursday 25 November 2010, 10.3016.00
This course explores the rich variety of techniques that artists use to research and develop ideas. Looking at the role of tools such as sketchbooks, journals, cameras and collections, the session provides innovative and exciting ways for students to collect and research their ideas.
Tate Inside Out Tuesday 8 February 2011, 10.3016.00
Maximise your visit to tate Modern by finding out how to use its physical and architectural spaces as a stimulating learning resource. This course uses a diverse range of practical methods to explore the context and placement of art works in the free Collection displays. From entering the Turbine Hall to travelling between floors, practical activities will exploit the building’s unique perspectives.
Uncovering Meaning Tuesday 1 March 2011, 10.3016.00
This course focuses on the development of skills thinking, discussion and making to unpick meaning and enhance understanding. By examining works of art in the gallery, participants explore the practices and theories which inform a critical understanding of modern and contemporary art.
Art and Special Educational Needs: Without Walls 1 Tuesday 15 March 2011, 10.3016.00
This course is for teachers and staff working with students with special educational needs (SEN), focusing particularly on physical, cognitive or sensory difficulties. An artist specialising in SEN within the gallery context leads the session. It challenges preconceptions about the nature and potential of art to encourage new perspectives. Participants explore practical activities designed to encourage students to formulate a personal response to the art on show.
Art and Special Educational Needs: Without Walls 2 Tuesday 29 March 2011, 10.3016.00
Led by a practising artist experienced in working with young people, this course is for teachers and staff working with students from Pupil Referral Units (PRU) and students with emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD). It explores the potential of art to encourage new perspectives and divergent thinking, employing alternative and playful approaches designed to enable students to take ownership of the building.
Watching Time Thursday 12 May 2011, 10.3016.00
With the prevalence of new media today, young people are constantly exposed to interactive forms of engagement and as a consequence are in a position to apply their own set of tools to interpreting time-based work. Focusing on film, video, audio, interactivity and performance in the Collection displays, this course explores these art forms as unique learning resources.
Art in Language Tuesday 21 June 2011, 10.3016.00
Combining practical and theoretical techniques, this course considers how art can be used to stimulate creative and critical thinking, observation and descriptive skills. It explores ways to encourage pupils to untangle metaphor and meaning for themselves.
Evening courses cost £45.00 and include tea & coffee and materials.
One day courses Cost £95 and include lunch, tea & coffee and materials.
Booking is essential