Managing the unexpected Drama class

The last few months I have been working as a freelance artists teaching in all types of places all over the world. On my travels I have encountered some rather unexpected circumstances, ones where I had been told one thing in advance, but encountered another. The other day I was recounting some of these events to a friend and she said "You must write this down, people will want to know how you did it!". So, this blog will explain ...

EXHIBITION ISSUES (Part 2)

REFLECTING ON THE EXHIBITION UPLOAD PART 2: Last month I started my blog by praising the great work of some teachers and students – leading to fantastic artworks that I saw on screen when moderating visual arts exhibitions. I went on to discuss some issues that might have reflected a misunderstanding of some aspects of the course, including teacher comments, the value of trauma, exhibition photographs and size and scale. This month I am continuing this theme - outlining some ‘problem’ issues that ...

Why work if you can get someone else to do it for you?

Artistically it’s quite an interesting question: I expect that I could successfully launch the discussion with both my Theory of Knowledge class and my Visual Arts class – what is the real role of the artist? Can just having the idea be enough, or should there be a bit of hands-on art-making as well? It seems that DH1 and DH2 have somewhat differing views (DH1 being David Hockney, DH2 being Damien Hirst) British artist David Hockney, given the Order of Merit in the Queen's ...