Spaces of the Imagination for Early Years – Developing Creativity to Broaden the Curriculum





Making and thinking with materials: how can you foster creativity and critical thinking with 0 - 5 year olds though art experiences to ensure progression? How can you link exploration of materials to the Ofsted framework and plan to develop culture capital for our youngest citizens?
Date: Tuesday 3rd December 2019 (9.45 am - 4.15 pm)
Venue: Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH.
Price: £40 per delegate.
When children give shape to ideas they have about the world, when they express thoughts, theories or emotions, they do so by making meaning using the available materials that are to hand. Explore how you can create opportunities that enable creative and critical thinking by considering materials as well as the role of the educator alongside the child in an active enquiry to stimulate and ensure progression.
This seminar will look at using everyday materials, such as recycled and re-purposed objects, graphical media, paper and card to provide you with a hands-on experience of working creatively and critically. By understanding the creative processes ourselves, we can then think about how we can generate creative contexts with a wider range of materials to build on children’s own creative and expressive capacities and knowledge. We will introduce ways the work of other artists can be used as a stimulus to contribute to progression and critical thinking. It will also give you the opportunity to reflect in action on your own practice and environments to consider how you can plan for progression and develop cultural capital.

The event has been designed to offer a blend of practical engagement, research exploration and planning and will feature a workshop run by a leading artist educator and pedagogista, Debi Keyte-Hartland . Debi was part of the Moonbeams programme and has worked nationally and internationally with children and educators for 25 years. She is an associate consultant with Early Education and a co-director of Sightlines Initiative. She is also an associate lecturer delivering the MA pathway on Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood at CREC. She is interested in how children collaborate with others (other children and adults) and how together, in sociable contexts of learning, they search for meaning about the world they are part of. She is also interested in children’s drawing as means of communication and in how Loris Malaguzzi’s idea of the ‘One hundred languages of children’ can be brought into play in developing long term ‘projects’ with young children.

This seminar is ideal for practitioners from education, the arts and cultural sectors, including: nursery schools, PVI settings, primary schools, childminders, playgroups, arts and cultural representatives, including librarians. It is open to all abilities; no experience is needed. Spaces are limited to 30 and will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis (ticket includes lunch and refreshments). 

Book your place by clicking on the button below. Once the EventBrite form is completed, you will receive a confirmation email with all the details.

If you have queries please contact Gemma Corden, Arts Connect’s Administrator, t: 0121 446 3204, ext. 391.


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