Art galleries can be intimidating places for many but by using playful and irreverent approaches people can come to have positive associations with galleries, something which hopefully will stay with them throughout their lives. In this event discover what it means to be an Art Educator in a modern museum setting.
Come along to this session with Te Papa Educator Laura Jones and discover how to enthuse people with art and the joys of slowing down and looking at the world in different ways. Every day we are bombarded with torrents of visual information which we pay little attention to. Art asks us to slow down and pay some attention to it.
It encourages thoughtful criticism and an openness to different understandings of the world around us. We all bring our own perceptions and experiences to an artwork and it is one of the most valuable aspects of Laura’s work to say to a child ‘tell me what you think… because what you say is valuable.’
This session will take place in Toi Art, tackling different areas of the gallery with Laura breaking down how she would make the section accessible to school children, how she asks them to engage with the work and taking a step back to see why she takes that approach. Look at Toi Art in a new light and come away with tips and tricks as to how to engage young people in your life with art and those intimidated by gallery spaces.
Laura Jones studied Art History and English, afterwards teaching in schools in Cambridge, London and Barcelona. She carried out Museum Studies in Wellington leading to her post at Te Papa. Images and objects have long held a fascination for her – as a classroom teacher they introduced an inspiring way to bring in new narratives. Now, in the role as an Educator at Te Papa she is able to use images and objects within the context of the national museum, is free to explore connections across collections and to open up challenging narratives.
Credit: Image credit: Marsden School visit Toi Art, 2018. Photograph by Kate Whitley. Te Papa (104555).