24 November 2010
A One Day Visual Arts in Education Conference, organised by Spaeda as part of Scion
This all day event explored the practical application of sketchbooks and drawing with children and young people and provided an opportunity for artists and teachers to explore contemporary arts practice together in the context of this significant and beautiful National Trust property. The day included artists’ talks, national education updates and creative workshops.
The sketchbook can be viewed as private and personal, a creative space in which thoughts and ideas are noted in a variety of ways not only by artists, architects, designers but also writers, musicians and many others in a variety of disciplines.
These inspirational first thoughts whether they’re drawing, writing, collage, in fact whatever their form or media become the catalyst that enables and informs further development of ideas to be realised. John Plowman, Scion Curator
Scion Curator John Plowman and associate artists introduced the Scion Artist of the Month exhibition at Barrington Court, and presented two new national exhibitions that redefine the sketchbook. Phil Creek, Devon Arts Advisor and Fiona Godfrey, Primary Curriculum Consultant provided best practice and curriculum updates for primary and secondary education Key Stages 1 – 5. The day was developed by Spaeda, in partnership with SCC School Improvement Service (EDS), Beacon Art Project and the National Trust, as part of Scion’s art education program.