NEW APPROACHES: Professional Development Day for Teachers

Mon 31 Mar 2014

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ACCA Main Exhibition Gallery

Use the exciting NEW works as a springboard for learning and engaging your students!

Discover new approaches towards teaching, talking about and creating contemporary art at ACCA. This hands-on program, led by NEW14 artists and curator Kyla McFarlane, will allow Primary and Secondary art teachers to experiment with both traditional and contemporary materials and techniques to create simple and unique learning activities for the classroom. 

Begin the day with an exclusive tour of NEW14, ACCA’s annual showcase of emerging talent, with Guest Curator, Kyla McFarlane as she guides you through the artists’ contemporary ideas and practices, including drawing, painting, installation, video and film.

Explore contemporary approaches to observational drawing and capture the evolution of your own drawings through film with NEW14 artist Kenny Pittock, who will help you create a series of drawn and film portraits.

Capture sounds, emotions and moments by experimenting with music, colour and paint to create musical portraits with NEW14 artist Danae Valenza.

A set of resources will be provided for each workshop so these activities can be adapted and used by students at different levels.

Presenters: Kyla McFarlane, Danae Valenza and Kenny Pittock.

Kyla McFarlane
Kyla McFarlane is an independent curator and writer, and Associate Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (CCP). She has published widely on contemporary art for nearly twenty years, with a focus on video, digital, photographic and feminist practices. Her recent curatorial projects for CCP include True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works, 2013, CCP Declares: On the Nature of Things, 2012 and Without Words, 2011. Kyla holds a PhD from Monash University in Visual Culture.

Kenny Pittock  – a drawer of life
Kenny Pittock is a Melbourne based artist who uses humour, irony and sentimentality to playfully respond to contemporary Australian culture. Kenny engages with everyday experiences and his own life as a young artist. Happily humble, Kenny tell us "I've been lucky enough to win some pretty amazing awards for my art, but even then, nothing compares to the time I used my left foot to kick an apple through a basketball ring from half court!"

Kenny completed a Diploma of Visual Arts from Swinburne in 2008, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 2012. In 2013 he completed a Fine Art Honours Degree, again majoring in painting at the VCA. Kenny has exhibited nationally in many exhibitions including Anything, Everything and One Other Thing 2012 at Alaska Projects in Sydney and Hatched 2013 at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Kenny has been the recipient of various awards including the 2013 Linden Prize, as well as being selected for the 2013 Channels Australian Video Art Festival.

Danae Valenza – magical music maker
Danae Valenza is a multidisciplinary artist working in Melbourne. She has a particular interest in music and how it is created, often working collaboratively with composers, musicians and performers to explore a ‘visual musicality’.

Danae graduated with a BFA (Honours) from Monash University in 2010 where she received the Linden Contemporary Innovators Award. She has exhibited extensively throughout Melbourne, including Gertrude Contemporary, Linden Contemporary and Anna Pappas. In 2012, she was awarded an Australia Council ArtStart Grant, a City of Melbourne Docklands Grant and was an exhibiting artist in the Next Wave Festival.


Standard 2: Know the content and how to teach it

) Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

(2.6) Information and communication technology
Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful.

Standard 3: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
) Select and use resources
Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

Standard 6: Engage in Professional Learning

) Engage in professional learning and improve practice
Participate in learning 
to update knowledge and practice, targeted
 to professional needs and school and/or system priorities

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