As part of their inter-placement period trainee teachers studying our Secondary Art and Design PGCE visited the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester to look around the exhibitions and attend workshops.
Trainees returned to university in February after successfully completing their first phase of school-based training. The visit was part of a two-week programme packed with inputs and workshops around professional and education studies where trainees are able to reflect on their progress so far and explore more complex areas of the curriculum and teaching.
Trainees attended a talk from a school manager about organising and bringing school groups to the gallery and took part in workshops that are offered to schools to see what activities could be undertaken and how pupils can make the most of their time when visiting an exhibition.
Course leader, Sally Johnson said “It is important to see exhibitions and galleries as a way to develop trainees’ subject knowledge and extend their understanding of the work of a range of artists, designers and craftspeople and for trainees to know how and why organising an art trip for pupils is important and beneficial. We visit local galleries and exhibitions and aim to work and develop partnerships within our local community. Pallant House has an excellent education and schools team and shows interesting and varied exhibitions alongside its permanent collection”.
One trainee said “It is refreshing to come out of university and experience art at first hand. I didn’t know much about the artists before and I will be able to use ideas and inspiration in the classroom.”