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Every Artist Matters- Differentiation within Visual Arts.

I have really enjoyed the Differentiation Toolkits led by Alison, Gemma and Leanne. Their simple but very effective strategies have reminded me of the really simple things that we do everyday to engage and inspire all of our learners. It has led me to think more about this topic and what we can do each and every day to support learners of all abilities. This has led us to develop a core ethos in Visual Arts- Every Artist Matters. This approach underpins my belief that the diverse field of art education allows everyone to participate if supported appropriately and my unfaltering view that everyone can be an artist or engage in the creative process regardless of their ability to draw.

ReAct in Visual Arts

Creative dialogue encouraged in the ReAct policy is an excellent way of re-conceptualising our approach to assessment. Targets soften into thoughtful suggestions and are answered by the students with questions or concerns. Students can lead the dialogue provoking my own reactions to their comments or insights. The ReAct policy enables me to readdress the teacher/student balance and allow my students to have an equal voice about the development of their work. Art is entirely subjective after all and this more inclusive approach enables learners to feel their artistic judgements are valued and listened to. In addition, by encouraging this practice of discussing work rather than continuously target setting, we are able to ensure student’s replies are truly meaningful insights.

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