Teaching

Dare2Wear Founder 

LUSU Teaching Leader and Facilitator 

2018 -2019 

 

The Dare2Wear organisation looks to provide primary and secondary school students with an understanding of what can be achieved through creativity and the arts. Looking to inspire them to think creatively, individually and showcase what the arts can achieve. We do this through our developing day plans that cater to different age ranges from early primary school to secondary school level. Providing days surrounding upcycling clothes, montaging, what it would be like to study art at university and seeing and analysing art. Each day plan is researched, risk assessed and checked before they are offered to schools in the Lancashire area. 

 

I am in the process of developing an intensive portfolio within my teaching CV. Through founding this Dare2Wear project, being employed by Lancaster University to teach other schools projects, gaining work experience in schools and being a peer mentor to developing performance artists. I have certified CRB checks and safeguarding training. I will also be furthering my teaching experience and development through completing a PGCE in teacher training this September at the Manchester Metropolitan University, gaining an unconditional offer to do this. 

 

Current teaching projects I'm involved with:

  • Go Green 

Working with lower primary schools on key issues about renewable energies and food miles. Including trips to see the wind turbines and cooking classes.

 

 

  • Be The Change 

A project aimed at upper primary schools that looks to highlight core key skills through the option of two activity days, one around teamwork and leadership the other around democracy and fairness. 

 

 

  • Upycycling and Creativity 

A project again aimed at upper primary and lower secondary schools, looking at recycling and key issues around clothing waste. Leading to a workshop of redecorating an old piece of donated clothing. 

 

 

  • Fine Arts at University

A project for later secondary schools GCSE and even A-Level, where students get an opportunity to see what the potential opportunities and benefits through studying art at university are. Giving talks on student finance, campus tours and showing them the art studios. Finally an opportunity in June to see the degree show. 

 

 

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PGCE

Art, Design and Photography                                                                Manchester Metropolitan University

Sept 2019 - June 2020 

 

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the art and design secondary school curriculum.

You’ll learn teaching methods through interactive workshops – we teach you as if you’re in a school art class. This helps you to experience what it’s like to learn the same way as students and explore the different ways you could teach art activities. You’ll have sessions across art, craft, and design, from drawing to printmaking, ceramics to lens-based media such as photography.

For specialist mediums, such as ceramics and paper craft, we organise a series of guest lectures, inviting artists with expertise in these practices to teach you. And, you’ll share your specialist art and design skills with your group too (students from past years have shared skills including bookbinding and Photoshop).

Features of the course 

  • You’ll have the opportunity to use our on-campus studio facilities and our art gallery, which features school and course-related exhibitions

  • You’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in schools, gaining experience in mainstream secondary schools. 

  • You can choose university-led, School Direct routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

  • You may have the opportunity to apply for an overseas experience if you are enrolled on the university-led course.

  • When you graduate, you’ll achieve 60 masters’ level credits (this is one-third of a masters degree)

  • We have a partnership of over 400 schools, colleges, and educational organisations, meaning we are able to provide students with a range of school experiences.

  • ESRI ranks in the UK’s top 20 for research power in Education (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and recent research sponsors include the Department of Education; welcome Trust; European Union; Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; Barclays; Microsoft; Siemens and LEGO.

 

 

Oasis Academy Media City UK

Trainee Teacher 

Art, Design and Photography                                                             Sept 2019 - January 2020 

 

Currently on a placement enhancing my teaching knowledge and practice as an excellent academy chain in media city. A school that is at the heart of Salford and looks to shape and inspire their pupils at time at their school to have the goals to succeed. Using a universal and modern practice of teaching that is consistent throughout the school and its subjects curriculum. I am currently training within the art department working with key stage 3 and 4 on projects to enhance and develop a base line of skills in their practice which can then be expanded on to be experimented and developed further. My current projects include:

  • Year 7 

Looking at portraiture and the fundamentals to drawing act as a baseline to be developed through KS3. Creating projects in perspective drawing using the rules of proportion which is then moved on to being applied to Picasso and creating abstract portraits and sculpture.

  • Year 8

Looking to develop their skills of drawing and mark-making further through understanding different methods of mark-making and adding tone. Using colour theory and colour mixing to compliment this and develop their skills in painting using watercolour and oil pastels. Using the artist Kandinsky to be an example of such methods and using his creative process of using music as an example.

  • Year 9 

Looks to consolidate all their learning of KS3 in drawing and painting. Then also introduce them to photography and the camera. Looking at alternative and challenging movements like DADA and Surrealism to create their own individual collages in the style of artists like Hannah Hoch. Completing artist research pages, designs and developments in preparation for the GCSE courses in Art and/or Photography. 

  • GCSE 

Students get the freedom to complete their projects on what they want or feel inspired to do so by. As a teacher we are their to facilitate their learning and develop their skills. Currently completing an identity project, they create research collages around what matters to them, complete self portraits, take photographs and  design a portfolio around themselves and what matters to them. 

 

As a school we adopt 9 habits; looking to inspire the next generation to be good people and reach their career goal!

 

 

All Saints Catholic College 

Trainee Teacher 

Art and Design                                                                                    February 2019 - June 2020 

 

Currently on a placement in the heart of Tameside that takes a different approach to teaching, having faith at the heart of the school. A school which just over 5 years ago was on special measures with closure on the horizon has undergone a huge change in management and is now an OFSTED rated school. The art department has creativity at its heart and presents an opportunity to present a variety of different projects and media to the children to enhance their artistic portfolio throughout their time at the college. 

  • Year 7

They learn the fundamentals of drawing using tone and different media in the form of looking at African culture and african masks. Drawing designs in pencil, chalk and colour, which they then convert into a sculpture in the end of the project.

  • Year 8

Building on their knowledge of what they have learnt in year 7, we look at modern art specifically Pop art. Students complete artist research pages on artists like Roy Litchensutein and Andy Warhol. Copying and developing from their work to create their own designs and pieces of work. Which they then make 3D in the form of a clay sculpture. 

  • Year 9 

At this point they have completed their GCSE options and want to take art at that level. Students are given the theme of Central America looking at subjects like the Day of the Dead festival and aztec culture. Developing skills ready for the GCSE framework completing subject and artist research, drawing and painting pieces and then creating different sculptures in the style of a GCSE sketchbook and portfolio.

  • GCSE 

In year 10 they continue to develop their own style of work independently which is marked against the GCSE framework. Understanding what is required and how to improve their practice individually. Alongside having workshop lessons which enhance their skills in painting and 3D work - creating animal and wire sculptures.

Ready for year 11 when they complete their coursework and exam portfolios based on everything they have learnt throughout their school career and showcase their findings. 

 

 

© 2019 by Ross Davies.