Last year saw the launch of our structured trainee programme for aspiring Artist Educators. At Bow Arts we aim to support artists at all stages of their career and the trainee programme is designed to equip artists with the relevant skills and experience to deliver arts education projects in school settings. Over the last year we have been working with Charlie Damigos, Maisie Maris and artist duo Hannah Thual and Lou-Atessa Marcellin. We asked the artists to share their experiences of the programme – read their reflections below:
What have you enjoyed most about being a Trainee Artist Educator so far?
Lou and Hannah: The opportunity to meet other Artist Educators and see how they approach the conception and delivery of workshops as well as conversations we exchanged was really beneficial to our own practice as educators. The range of contexts in which we have worked over the past months was sometimes challenging and support and guidance from the Bow Arts team has been really helpful. It has broadened our skills and opened us up to new spectrums of pedagogies.
Charlie: I have loved observing and supporting different artists in different school settings, discovering more about other artists’ practices and their approaches to sharing their art form. I also really enjoyed the variety of projects that can take place within a school day. A highlight was working with Haidée Drew, jewellery making with Year 5 in the morning and wooden toy making with Year 6 in the afternoon.
How has the trainee programme influenced your practice as an artist and an Artist Educator? What have you learnt?
Charlie: The programme has encouraged me to be brave and bold when thinking about the kinds of activities I might lead. But at the same time keep them simple and achievable within the time frame.
Maisie: The traineeship has encouraged me to explore other artistic crafts, such as printmaking and jewellery design, that I wouldn’t normally use in my practice. I have learnt an array of innovative skills that I have already started to incorporate into my work.
What advice would you give to artists applying for the Artist Educator Trainee Programme in the future?
Maisie: I would advise potential trainees to attend as many of the Bow Arts CPD sessions as possible. I’ve learnt many versatile creative skills that can be adapted for any type of project. Even subjects/areas that haven’t directly linked to my practice have been extremely helpful to use as an Artist Educator. The classes also provide a great opportunity to meet other artists and educators working with the Bow Arts team.
Lou and Hannah: We're looking forward to be working with Bow Arts and be part of their amazing network of artists. They offer such an incredible range of projects, it's very exciting to be thinking about what's the next and how we can collaborate in the future!
We are now recruiting for our next round of Trainee Artist Educators. If you interested in applying, please visit: http://bowarts.org/whats-on/exhibitions-and-events/bow-arts-artist-educa...