THE ART TEACHERS CONNECT...
“ART TEACHER OF INFLUENCE”
HELD AT THE NIGERIA FRENCH LANGUAGE VILLAGE, BADAGRY, LAGOS STATE.
BETWEEN WEDNESDAY 19th AND SATURDAY 22nd, DECEMBER, 2012
Academic is about teaching and research, the ART TEACHERS CONNECT summit was designed to provide a learning adventure for Art teachers to discover new style, concept and media in Art theory and practice. It was an Art teacher developmental training programme in a serene environment that encourages and stimulate creative conversation and ideas which was tend towards improving the quality of Art education in Nigeria, also transform the Art teachers to increase their capacity and position them as change agents in their local communities.
The ART TEACHERS CONNECT summit was meant to expose the art teachers to new concept and ideas, sharpen their skills and improve on their artistic practice and teaching with the aim of encouraging art participation and enrollment in Nigerian schools. It is an exchange platform for art teachers to interact with practicing professionals in the field of art and to share ideas, new artistic techniques, media and styles.
Art retreat allows the time for dialogue, exploration, discoveries, and creates connections that contribute to the future. We draw inspiration from one another as we convene in an exclusive environment that encourages and stimulate creative conversation and exchange of ideas. The ART TEACHERS CONNECT summit held at the Nigeria French Language Village in Badagry between Wednesday 19th and Saturday 22nd December, 2012 helped to re-awake, resonate, and ignite the passion and enthusiasm in Art teaching profession and equipping the art teachers with skills and information to make indelible influence on their students, in their local communities and the society at large.
The ART TEACHERS CONNECT summit helped to equip the Art teachers that participated in series of Art workshops, artistic engagements, and tours to Connect-Relate-Share-Create-Exhibit with aim of preserving and securing the future through Art. The theme was ART TEACHER OF INFLUENCE (Competence + Character + Connection = Influence). The registration was made FREE for all participants.
The ART TEACHERS CONNECT summit indeed exposed the Art teachers to a broad range of artistic expression, new concept and techniques, and information that may help in nurturing and unlocking the children's potentials.
ART SCOUT is committed to the support of Art Education for its benefits of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The essence of packaging an ART conference for Art teachers who are major play maker in child’s education and talent development was to effect improvement in child’s education and talent development in Nigerian schools and the society at large.
We were at the HEPHZIBAR HOME for an art project with the children. The first was a cinema show titled: LIKE STARS ON EARTH.
LIKE STARS ON EARTH: A Bollyhood movie which is by far the most sensitive and educational portrayal of childhood dyslexia. Eight-year-old Ishaan's world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Adults are more interested in things like homework and marks. And Ishaan just can't seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to boarding school to "be disciplined." New art teacher, Nikumbh, infects the students with joy and optimism and breaks all the rules of how things are done by asking them to think, dream and imagine. All the children respond with enthusiasm except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that something is wrong and sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself.
We also engaged the kids in the visual arts ranging from painting to mixed media, beads making etc. This session offers a practical platform for the art instructors to use art to effect social change, art as a springboard for therapy and empowerment with the children at the orphanage home.
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