Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism

This online course helps participants to teach art history & art criticism for years 7 to 12, employing analogies from the practices of forensic science making it loads...
Target Audience
Teachers of Visual Arts, Photography, Digital Imaging and Video Years 7 to 12
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

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.

Audience

Teachers of Visual Arts, Photography, Digital Imaging and Video Years 7 to 12

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

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.

Objective


This course helps participants to teach art history and art criticism for years 7 to 12, making it loads of fun.

Getting online


Please note that this is an Online learning format and we use the platform Open Learning. You have a set time-frame to complete the course and can so at your own pace within the start and end dates (advertised – select ‘See More’ in the ‘Occurrence’ section below). There are no set times where you have to attend any webinars etc, everything you need will be within the Open Learning Platform. If you have any problems navigating Open Learning please contact either admin@tta.edu.au or your Presenter and we will do all we can we can to assist you.


This course contributes to 10.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (WA) at this time.

Sessions

1. Introduction to the course

30 minutes

Summary of course, introduction of facilitator and participants. Navigating the site and how to use software.

2. Planning the Defence -– A Framework for Teaching Art History and Art Criticism

1 hour

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 .

3. Setting the Scene – Art and Context

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.

4. The Contemporary Scene - Modernist and Postmodernist Practice

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.

5.The Perpetrator – Who are Artists and What do They do?

2 hours

Appreciating how time and place influence who are artists and what is their artistic practice – their choices and actions and ideas communicated in artworks.

6. Hard Evidence – Art Historical Facts, Art Critical Claims and Audiences

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.

7. Closing the Case – Bodies of Work and Case Studies

1 hour

Exploring artists’ bodies of work in presenting case studies. Creating art historical/art critical narratives. Closing the case.

User Rating

4.5

Latest Reviews

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Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Piaf Rengger-Thorpe on 01/05/2017

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.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Kylie Thorn on 02/02/2016

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!

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Seika Nou on 14/12/2015

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
by Tanya Bourtsouklis on 07/12/2015

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.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
07/12/2015

I found the course interesting and helpful. Janet gave insightful feedback. Hope to use some of these ideas soon.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Matthew Musico on 07/12/2015

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.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Luke Beezley on 02/12/2015

Janet is an excellent teacher. This course is very relevant to art teaching and the NSW curriculum.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Karen Burton-Mackay on 16/10/2015

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.)

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Cathy Irons on 12/10/2015

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.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by elvina hughan on 28/09/2015

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.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Genevieve Tyrrell on 13/07/2015

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.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Lisa Macdonald on 28/05/2015

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.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Linda Alcorn on 12/05/2015

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.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Katrina Winch on 05/05/2015

Excellent information, very informative, takes keeping up with, learn’t a lot and came out with good resources.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
05/05/2015
Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Tegan Murphy on 04/05/2015

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.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Miranda Clarke on 04/05/2015

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.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Emma Davidson on 13/03/2015

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.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Sharon Lang on 09/01/2015

Great course with insightful information and delivery.

Art on Trial-Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Criticism
by Emelia Franz on 09/01/2015

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.


About the team


Janet Rentz

Creator

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.