2016: The year I qualified as a High School Art Teacher

Teaching is a profession, a gift, a calling and a talent that is not for the faint hearted; it requires all of one’s focus, creative energy, stamina and intellect, as I found out along with the rest of the 2016 graduating ECU class of Diploma of Education students.

Majoring in Art and minoring in English, I felt thrown into the deep end of academia, exposed to frightful words such as “resilience”, “transitions”, “rubrics”, “Summative and Formative assessment”, ” zone of proximal development”, “constructivism” and various theories of education developed by the likes of Piaget and Vygotsky.

Alas, with copious amounts of coffees snuck in to the Elab, 3000words essays were written, philosophies of Teaching were developed, presentations on teaching standards were delivered, some with great gusto and in total, three Teaching Practices were completed.

I had the privilege of teaching at Belmont City College and MIrrabooka Senior High School, working alongside some of WA’s best educators. With every lesson, requiring lesson plans, mentor feedback and a personal reflection, the administrative, planning and scheduling aspect of teaching became a habitual skill, resulting in overflowing level arch files full of teaching resources and concepts for future lessons.

With so many processes, strategies and fresh development of skills filling our minds, particularly class room management, every day required complete devotion to the craft and profession in order to develop the necessary understanding of what makes a good teacher and how to apply it practically. One does not just become brilliant due to natural talent, it is one of the most multi-faceted tasks I believe I will ever undertake.

As the course drew near its finality, I found myself truly being “won over” by the students themselves, an irony as we are taught to “win over” the students at all costs to maintain their engagement in our lessons.

When a student questioned me, “Miss, why did you become a teacher?” I found myself saying this: “When I am an artist, my world is about my creativity, what I can produce, my ideas and innovation. But when I teach, it suddenly becomes about the student and their creativity which is fascinating, inspiring and rewarding all in one breathe.” This stands to be my experience with teaching, not only am I able to inspire learning and the development of skills in others, but their creativity impacts and extends my own creativity which is one of the greatest phenomenons.

That is why I chose to study Art Teaching; I believe in the power of Creativity and each student has an inbuilt, unique and particular expression of creativity that as an educator, I get to help them unravel and discover.

I may just have the best job in the world 🙂 Being a creative and a teacher of creativity.

To all my fellow graduates for 2016, all the best, we survived one of the hardest years of our life! Wishing you all the best with your future careers.

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Painting Live for a cause at ‘A Swell Day Out’ in Mandurah.

This weekend I exhibited as one of the featured artists in the Mandurah, ‘A Swell Day Out’, celebrating local Art, Wine and Food. Alongside other creatives such as Elza Fouche, Kelsie Munro, Jennifer Gaye, Rachelle Dusting and Deborah Zibah, I showcased an artwork painted live on site, of tropical birds flying freely in a paradise of colours. Kids were able to engage with the live work, invited to dab dab dab away on the 2.5 by 3metre canvas. The performance was filmed and documented by Ellen Joubert, David Mariner and Tegan Weir, who are producing a work about the life of local artists, also featuring Elza Coufreur, another artist in residence at Neil Street Art Studio in Osborne Park.

The finished work has been donated to Oxfam Australia and will be auctioned online to raise funds for the Nepal Earthquake relief. Bidders can access this auction through the ‘A Swell Day Out‘ Facebook page, which will be advertised later in the week. A huge Thank you to Anne Batt, an Oxfam representative from Western Australia for your support on the day.

The pilot event was a buzz with creativity, families, live music, food, shoppers and great coffee. Hosted by the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, the day captured the vast array of local talent from Perth, Fremantle, Busselton and other West Australian locations. The next showcase will be held at the Arts Centre in November, later in the year.

Photography: David Mariner

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Art and Justice Party at Neil Street Art Studio

On Thursday 23rd April at Neil Street, we celebrated the birthday of one very special friend, Elyshia Yeap and held an art auction to raise funds for a missions trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, during which Elyshia and Jone Naude will be working alongside orphanages to fight against the reality of human sex trafficking.

Artworks were donated by myself and Elza Coufreur, a recent addition to the residency at Neil Street, who is an upcoming contemporary artist from New Zealand. Photography and auctioneering were done sterlingly by Sergio Garcia, a local creative genious and yummy nibbles made by Elyshia and Arielle Yeap.

The set up included various painting stations for party goers to have a shot at painting live and to our delight, the majority of peeps jumped straight in, with a couple of Pollock inspired individuals even painting with their facial features! The evening closed with a dance and wella! Our art and fundraiser night was nothing short of fun and fabulousness thanks to a lot of help from all who attended. What a great cause and Elza and I look forward to hosting many more future events to come at the studio.

If you are looking for a venue for a fundraiser or are wanting a Kid’s party for your child, Neil Street is available for hire and collaborations are welcomed. For all enquiries email info@linzicarter.com

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