The Art of the Matter…
The Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) know how to inspire! They have gathered some of the best work produced by Scotland’s young artists from the 2006 exams, and put it in a bus to create the inspirational Art Tour 2006. The word showcase just doesn’t do the work nearly enough justice.
It is a real privilege to see at first hand the paintings, jewellery, clothes and millenary that these talented youngsters have produced. Some of them have already developed a very clear style of their own and it’s a joy to see. I’ve posted my photos on flickr if you want to see more.
As I looked at the work, I was struck by a couple of thoughts. The first was how good it was to be able to see the pupil’s work. For too long, education has been little more than a private dialogue between the teacher and pupil. By exhibiting the work in this fashion, it suddenly becomes a conversation we can all join in with. It’s Education2.0!
I feel a bit like the Pope in the Monty Python sketch… I may not know much about art, but I do know what I like… yet suddenly, when I climbed on the bus, I was thrust into a situation where I got to chat with pupils about the work on display. They wanted to know what I thought, and in return, they were happy to venture their own opinions. I ended up learning a bit more about perspective and colour… and also about some of the pupils in the school.
The second thing that struck me was why, in this Web2.0 world, was this only happening for Art? Surely we have the technology to create a showcase (online) of the best writing produced by pupils, or the best Geography projects, or the best Science investigations, or the best…
The ArtBus is a brilliant idea. It allows pupils to see their peers work (and for a couple of our pupils, their OWN work), and it will hopefully be an inspiration to them. I also found it aspirational as I think that displaying and celebrating the pupils’ work and efforts could be, and should be applied to other subjects.
So, that’s my take on a marvelous afternoon. I think we should be looking to roll this idea out across the curriculum as soon as possible… what do you think, and how should we go about it?