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Lesson 8. On teaching art and design

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RMIT Design Hub

Building 100, Level 2

Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets

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For David Thomas: Colouring Impermanence our public programs will form a ‘micro-course' that draws on Professor David Thomas’ teaching practice. Participants in our free series of eight lessons (one for each week of the show) will undertake activities as if enrolled in David's classes. The micro-course is an introduction to the way David works, how and why the exhibition at Design Hub has been created and how David teaches creative practice. Each lesson will explore ideas such as attentive and 'empathetic' looking, timing, materiality, pictorial space, art history and theory. The lessons will involve looking, drawing, photography, conversation, reflection and review. David will host the majority of the classes and at times will draw on his community of artist, educator and curator peers as well as past and present students.

In lesson eight we look closely at the practice of teaching itself. This final lesson takes the form of a conversation around teaching creativity and creative thinking – how do we do it, is it possible? We also tackle the concept of teaching creatively. We will cover issues including cultural sensitivity in education, the difference between rigorous
teaching and entertainment, and the function of humour.

Panel participants are from RMIT University:
Soumitri Varadarajan, Associate Professor, Industrial Design; Professor Julian Goddard, Head of the School of Art; Andrew Tetzlaff, Coordinator, RMIT:ART:INTERSECT; David Forrest, Professor of Music Education, School of Education and Art; Dr Michael Spooner, Lecturer, RMIT Architecture & Urban Design; Laurene Vaughan, Professor of Design, School of Media and Communication; Phoebe Whitman, Lecturer in Interior Design, School of Architecture and Design; Kate Rhodes and Dr Fleur Watson, co-Curators, RMIT Design Hub (Chairs).

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