2021 what a year.  Every year typically has a few defining moments but the past 12 months has contained so many world changing developments that it is hard not to be overwhelmed by the immense disruption to our lives.

This year as Arts teachers we have had to rapidly shift our perspectives and take up the challenges of teaching Arts Subjects online.  For many of us, the task seemed insurmountable – we rely so heavily on collaborative work, problem solving, audience feedback and connection that only fact to face communication can offer.  we as Arts teachers had to find other ways to teach, we have had to stretch and adapt our pedagogy to the online space.  At the beginning of this year I didn’t know what flipgrid was, poll everywhere of canva?…I do now!

This year despite the challenges, the majority of our Arts students have done really well, working with the students in the virtual work our teachers have still been able to foster their creativity and their independence in developing their own style and sophisticated techniques.

I would like to thank the immense ingenuity, flexibility and resolve shown by our Arts teachers.  Moreover, I would like to thank the many Arts students for their resilience, their optimism and courage to create such brave and arresting art works in such a challenging time.  Well done.

I would like to thank Ms Cecilia Carlill who again spearheaded the Virtual Art Festival and whose tireless work has created this wonderful virtual space for us all to experience.

Enjoy the 2021 Virtual Arts Festival.  Available on the College Intranet. Please ask your children to show you the site.

 

 

 

Ms Jane Carter
Head of The Arts