This course helps participants to teach art history and art criticism for years 7 to 12. For Years 7 to 10 they employ analogies from the practices of forensic science and crime detection to investigate what art historians and art critics do and how artworks deliver meaning to audiences. They explore strategies to assist students in their art historical and art critical writing. For senior students, the course includes approaches for deeper learning and writing of art historical/art critical narratives. It addresses content for all Australian visual arts syllabuses and the Australian Arts Curriculum. Ideas will be explored in the following areas – European Classical to 19th century art, Modernism, Postmodernism, Indigenous, Australian, American, Pacific, African, Asian and Islamic art. Participants will receive pictorial teaching resources as well as summaries and tables.
Teachers of Visual Arts, Photography, Digital Imaging and Video Years 7 to 12
A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.
This course contributes to 10.0 professional development hours.
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Summary of course, introduction of facilitator and participants. Navigating the site and how to use software.
Participants will be introduced to course objectives and course outline. They will have access to a glossary resource that ensures that everyone is using the same terms. They will consider ‘typical problems address when teaching art and history and art appreciation’. Finally participants will outline a scope and sequence for addressing art historical content .
2 hours and 30 minutes
Understanding context for teaching art history, appreciating how beliefs, attitudes and viewpoints inform artmaking practice and the functions and purposes of art. Addressing strategies for teaching art history and art criticism.
1 hour and 30 minutes
Understanding how the last two centuries and historic events, politics and beliefs have informed artmaking practice. Addressing strategies for art historical and art critical arguments.
Appreciating how time and place influence who are artists and what is their artistic practice – their choices and actions and ideas communicated in artworks.
1 hour and 30 minutes
Addressing art historical and art critical practice with a focus on audiences and meanings delivered to them.
Constructing art historical and art critical accounts.
Exploring artists’ bodies of work in presenting case studies. Creating art historical/art critical narratives. Closing the case.
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There is a lot of information to be gained through this course and some good new ideas about how to approach theory within your classroom. It was great to look at a wide variety of artists and apply them to the curriculum.
This course has helped me develop some great resources to use in my classroom. The ability to create and have them critiqued by experienced teachers was fantastic as I then knew I was on the right track, or where I needed to adjust any of my worksheets. As a teacher at the start of my career, I am keen to have resources that I know will be well received by my students, and that I know are well written and adhere to the standards. Help was easily accessed and quick to respond, safe to say, I can’t wait to do my next course!
A fantastic course that has allowed me to implement new and engaging strategies in the classroom. It has also developed my confidence in teaching art critical and historical studies. I found this course further insightful by attending Janet Rentz’s other course Strategies for Developing B.O.W Stage 6. Janet is a fantastic course facilitator, who constantly provides thorough and constructive feedback.
Art on trial- strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism was a fantastic ten hour course that refreshed my knowledge and way of teaching.
I found the course interesting and helpful. Janet gave insightful feedback. Hope to use some of these ideas soon.
Detailed and thorough content.Teaching practices and philosophies are extensively explained.
Perhaps a longer amount of time to complete the course would be a welcome amendment in future.
Janet is an excellent teacher. This course is very relevant to art teaching and the NSW curriculum.
The course content was interesting, relevant and concise.
The material and resources were varied and helpful. More online examples of the set task form other course participants would have been valuable.
I enjoyed the challenges of the work set but would have found useful a check list format of what the final task to be submitted in each section required. (That is, further direction in how the set task was expected to be structured.)
This was a very informative course with a lot to take in. It was hard to fit in with work but I enjoyed it once I had time to do it.
The course content was great and i got alot out of it. It made me think of new ways of approaching critical and historical studies.
I found that the content was hard to follow and over complicated in its delivery. I had to ask for examples for each task as the tables that were there to assist us were more like word banks than information. Janet offered excellent assistance and was extremely kind. She gave great feedback as well but I I think that if their course content was more relatable and easier to read then we wouldn’t have to ask so many questions.
I really enjoyed the Art on Trial- strategies for teaching Secondary Art History and art criticism for years 7 to 12.
I was fascinated with the way Janet Rentz put together the variety of packages when exploring the theoretical aspects of artworks.
It was interesting to learn of new artists, some of I was not even aware of. These will be a fantastic addition to my teaching repertoire.
Janet provided constructive advice towards the assessments of my submissions that were very insightful.
The Course content was good but I would have liked more examples of responses to inspire. I found doing the research and putting my responses together took longer than I liked or anticipated.
Excellent information, very informative, takes keeping up with, learn’t a lot and came out with good resources.
I found the content very full on and in some aspect difficult to understand. I found the course very beneficial to my teaching and have implemented the strategies within my senior tasks.
I found the course to be far deeper than I had anticipated. I had thought it would help us to teach the history of art to students across all levels of secondary art teaching, giving the students a broad understanding of the necessity to appreciate the contextual aspect of art in time and place. I can see the great use the knowledge I have gained in teaching upper school art history, with regards to case studies and general interpretation of art movements and individual artists work.
I found on quite a few occasions that I had to carefully un-pack the language used, to be able to understand the tasks required of me. Yes, it is a sophisticated area of study that requires a good level of conceptual understanding, but I am teaching students ranging in age from 11 to 17 who have almost no exposure to this field of study at all, and was hoping for an approach to teaching art history to this cohort.
I am pleased to have undertaken this professional development and have great admiration for the obvious breath and depth of understanding that you have in this field. Perhaps you would consider developing a preliminary course as a stepping stone into this one.
A very knowledgeable facilitator. Volumes of resources and imagery provided. Hope to implement some of the ideas in my classes this year.
I felt at times the facilitator’s comments reflected a very NSW view of the curriculum, particularly in relation to the Art Elements and Principles.
Great course with insightful information and delivery.
I found the timing for this course quite difficult in terms of balancing it with the end of year teaching commitments of reporting etc. I found Janet’s comments helpful and able to be applied to the classroom situation. Sometimes it is confusing being in a separate state to NSW where we don’t use terminology such as stage 4.
Janet Rentz has been an art educator for thirty years, having completed undergraduate and Masters degrees in design and art education and embarking on PhD study. Starting as a classroom teacher, Janet then headed up departments in two NSW secondary schools. Following this, Janet became an educator for museums and galleries, devising art programs for school students. After this Janet became the NSW Visual Arts Consultant for DET, implementing the new visual arts syllabus, training teachers and developing support resources. She has lectured in art education at UNSW College of Fine Arts and UTS. She is currently writing art programs for distance education and giving workshops for NAS HSC students.