Art Course – Adele Darlington

Our course is run by experienced primary teacher and art specialist Adele Darlington, author of the Bloomsbury publication 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Art. Adele brings her knowledge, energy and enthusiasm for the subject to the two days. She is passionate about raising the profile of art and design in schools and giving all children access to diverse, rich and varied art experiences.

Who is the course for?

The course is for all teachers working with children within the age range 4-11.

Course Dates

3-4 November 2024, Doha
6-7 November 2024, Dubai
8-9 November 2024, Abu Dhabi
11-12 November 2024, Riyadh
3-4 March 2025, Beijing
6-7 March 2025, Shanghai
10-11 March 2025, Bangkok
13-14 March 2025, Singapore

Course Outline:

Expect two days immersed in curriculum thinking and dialogue with primary art consultant Adele Darlington. Adele will share art and design best practice including pedagogical considerations for inspiring the next generation of creatives in schools.

Come prepared to make art! Think paint, charcoal, pencils and fun! The course includes engaging, purposeful and practical elements – attendees will be given their own sketchbooks to create in throughout the two days.

Adele will help raise delegates’ confidence in the teaching of art and design and offer guidance, support and inspiration.

Day 1 Highlights

  • What is art? Develop an understanding of the unique nature of art and how it differs from other subjects on the curriculum
  • What is an artist? Quash stereotypes with a look at the vast array of artist roles and responsibilities in the world
  • What is a sketchbook? Explore the use of sketchbooks in schools, what goes in one and why?
  • Drawing and mark-making focus Think about the art discipline of drawing, what does it look like in school? Partake in a variety of drawing activities and discover relevant artists to inspire children back in the classroom

Day 2 Highlights

  • Talking about art Explore ways to ‘read’ art and participate in engaging discussions on a selection of works. Think about ways in which classroom cultures can be developed where individual thoughts and feelings are respected are celebrated.
  • Painting focus Think about the art discipline of painting, what does it look like in school? Partake in a variety of painting activities and discover relevant artists to inspire children back in the classroom
  • Thinking as artists Explore the idea of thinking like an artist, fostering a growth mindset in learners, as well as curious, creative, sensitive and empathetic thinking
  • Sculpture focus Explore the art discipline of sculpture, what does it look like in school? Participate in a variety of sculptural activities and discover relevant artists to inspire children back in the classroom

£575.00 includes two days workshop training, lunch and refreshments on the day.

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Meet your Trainer: Adele Darlington

Adele Darlington has over 20 years of experience as a primary school teacher in the UK and is now a popular author and art consultant helping schools, trusts, teacher training providers and education partnerships devise and deliver high quality art and design experiences in their settings. As well as working in schools, Adele delivers key note speeches, workshops and seminars at education conferences, sharing her passion for art in the primary school.

During lockdown, Adele helped 100s of schools, teachers and children through the creation of her ‘outdoor art boards’ which were shared freely on her social media pages. The boards gave suggestions for art activities to carry out for home learning and are still widely used today. To date, they have been downloaded over 28,000 times!

As well as writing the book 100 ideas for Primary Teachers: Art published by Bloomsbury, Adele is a regular contributor to Teach Primary magazine and is working on her second book title

Adele Darlington