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The Artis blog explores the idea of transforming education through the performing arts. Guest writers from across the industry discuss creativity in primary education and advise readers on how they can use music, drama and movement to explore the core curriculum in their primary schools.

Monitoring and Evaluating the Impact of Arts in Schools
 

Let me preface this blog by telling you that we are going to be discussing the collection and analysis of data to assess the impact of creativity in the curriculum… but STOP, WAIT, stick with us for moment before you return to the Best 100 Funny Cat videos! We’ve tried to make this as easy to digest as possible, and it should give you some guidance for monitoring creative provision in your own classroom.

27 Sep 2017 Artis Core Skills Icon
 
Adventures in the instrument cupboard
 

We’ve all seen those mysterious unmarked doors in the corner of the school hall. The door refuses to open (the key was said to be lost in 1975), there’s a strange smell and a growling noise emanating from within; it’s almost certainly haunted in there. In fact, it’s the instrument cupboard. But fear not, brave traveller, for the instrument cupboard is a treasure trove, bursting with creative potential waiting to be unleashed…

13 Jun 2017
 
Mime, rhyme, science time
 

Making science come to life with a real bang can sometimes leave you worried about what chemical reaction you might have on your hands. Talk too much and the session might fizzle out. Go too practical and you run the risk of creating a catalyst of events which is super fun but has no content. So why, I hear you ask, would you even attempt to introduce the performing arts into the mixture?

08 May 2017
 
Creativity takes courage: Artis in South Korea
 

Prominently displayed on the tote bags and notebooks distributed to participants during Artis’ recent five-day teacher training in South Korea, no truer statement could be made about our work together. Developed in partnership with the Chung Mong-Koo Foundation, The Creative Arts Programme for Teachers brought together 50 teachers and school social workers from across South Korea.

05 Apr 2017
 
#TeachMeet Creativity and The TeachMeet Revolution
 

What is a TeachMeet? For those of us not in the know, a TeachMeet is a grassroots “conference” which offers free, informal CPD organised by, and for, teachers and educationalists. Ideas are shared in the form of presentations and activities, and the events tend to be short and snappy.

29 Mar 2017 TeachMeet Creativity London March 2017 25
 
Cornflakes and Creativity: Artis Breakfast Clubs
 

“A Breakfast Club is far more than tea and toast” was Tricia Murphy’s advice during the recent Pupil Premium conference at the Education Leaders Forum.

22 Nov 2016 Artis
 
Woohoo’s Celebration Day
 

By Artis Specialist Andrea Beed (Twizzle) On Sunday 18 September we held a very special day to pay tribute to our much missed friend and gifted Artis Specialist Deborah Barber-Jones (Woohoo). Deborah passed away in April 2015 from an inoperable brain tumour that followed a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was immensely […]

30 Sep 2016 Woohoo Day
 
Mental health & wellbeing in schools
 

By Carys Owen (Cuckoo), School Partnership Consultant “In order to help their pupils succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy” Department of Education, 2014   Art has long been known to have therapeutic properties within the health sector, with art and […]

18 Jul 2016 Carys Owen
 
Dancing Sculptures: A project of masks and movement
 

I have always believed that using dance, drama or music in teaching is one of the best ways to bring things alive for children. Rather than being taught a book, idea or concept, they get to experience it. This opens up a whole new world for them, something that is true for both those performing as well as those watching.

05 May 2016 Tarika Hidayatullah
 
Artis & Arts Award Case Study
 

Being an Artis Specialist is very different to your average day job. On Monday I was an African dance specialist, a chicken farmer, a polar bear, a ‘horrid child’ from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a water cycle rap god…and all before lunch.

17 Mar 2016 Bradley Green School
 
 
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