Broadclyst Community Primary school is participating in an exciting new two-year project - Media Meets Art - funded by the European Commission. The project began in Volksschule Gutenberg, Austria and now it encompasses four other European schools - BCPS in England, plus schools in Denmark, Finland and France. All the teachers involved aim to gain new insights and knowledge in the fields of media competence and new technologies specifically based around the teaching of art and art history.
During the project, two teachers at BCPS will travel to each school participating in the project to gain experience to enrich their teaching and include a global dimension. They will be leading activities based in their host country, bringing their culture and language to the children, but will also be job-shadowing, visiting classrooms where technology has been embedded into the teaching. The teachers will watch new, dynamic and engaging teaching methods using technology in the classroom and observe best practice in each school setting.
The first of these visits happened during November 2015 when Mrs Lees and Miss Farrant travelled to Austria and visited Volksschule Gutenberg, near Graz. They kept a blog of their trip on the BCPS website and were inspired on their return to teach the children about new European artists using some of the methods they had observed.
The year 3 and 4 children have begun learning about two new Austrian artists, Klimt and Hundertwasser. They have participated in a range of activities based on these artists over the past few weeks, covering the breadth of the curriculum. Many of the children have been working on maps, creating quizzes, writing booklets and critiquing artwork as well as painting and creating art using a variety of mixed media. They are looking forward to Skyping with the classes in Austria and France soon and meeting the children they are working alongside.
This month, two more teachers will be observing best practice in France and can’t wait to gain further insight into new and exciting classroom practice.
Find out more about the Media Meets Art project