Professional Development

Artist Teacher Scheme

What artist teachers say about ATS courses.

The course has given me the opportunity to seriously focus upon the very essence of my work. Also to confirm just how imperative my work is to me as a means of communication. I have been re-awakened and feel compelled for this to develop further. (Birmingham Summer School, 2008)

The MA Fine Art and Education has given [me] the opportunity to critically examine practice. FAB!! (BALTIC/UNN MA Fine Art and Education, Tyneside, 2006-08)

Kick started my own work again: showed Nov '07 as a result; inclusion in a professional gallery show June '08. (Modern Art Oxford/Oxford Brookes University ATS PG Cert, 2007)

The course helped me to see where I can improve and change the work I do. I learned skills that have enhanced my own work and helped me to change my approach. It was good to see practising artists and other students at work too. (Birmingham Summer School and Saturday Schools, 2007)

Quite profound. I have reinvented the way I will work (as an artist) and ultimately affect the way I develop creativity in pupils. (BALTIC/UNN Summer School, Tyneside, 2008)

The discourse with other students has been invaluable. (Birmingham Summer School, 2008)

Looking at current artistic practice as a source has greatly influenced our art department. (Modern Art Oxford/Oxford Brookes University ATS PG Cert, 2007-08)

Learned much from other MA students (as well as course staff). (BALTIC/UNN MA Fine Art and Education, Tyneside, 2006-08)

[Self-confidence] increased through success on course, return to learning after being absorbed by teaching feels very positive. Love the fact that I am painting! (Modern Art Oxford/Oxford Brookes University ATS PG Cert, 2007-08)

Results [in pupils' learning] steadily rising year on year. Have introduced a greater range of courses into the department. (Birmingham Summer School, 2006)

Thinking developed during this course has directly fed into my own teaching practice and therefore students' learning. (BALTIC/UNN MA Fine Art and Education, Tyneside, 2005-07)

Much more able to get students engaged with concepts. (BALTIC/UNN MA Fine Art and Education, Tyneside, 2006-08)

Skills and knowledge gained on the course have been beneficial to pupils – especially GCSE level. (Birmingham Summer School and Saturday Schools, 2007)

Broadened outlook of students in understanding of contemporary art practice. (BALTIC/UNN MA Fine Art and Education, Tyneside, 2006-08)


NSEAD thanks colleagues at all partnership galleries and universities for their generosity in contributing courses and resources to the Artist Teacher Scheme.






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