Pallant House Gallery visit
Trainees studying on our (Secondary) Art and Design PGCE recently visited the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, where they spent the day at the education centre learning about how the gallery works with local schools, to get pupils of all ages to engage with artwork.
Trainees attended a talk with a gallery representative about organising and bringing school groups to the gallery, as well exploring the gallery exhibitions and collections from inspirational artists such as Patrick Caulfield and Peter Blake.
During their visit, trainees analysed and discussed the revered artwork covering the walls in the education room as an artist, but also through the eye of a teacher, as they actively worked through a series of activities which could be utilised with pupils when they run future art trips themselves.
The Pallant House collection, provided a excellent opportunity to discuss thematic approaches to delivering art in school and how we can use art to reference points in history, as well as make powerful statements in society. The temporary exhibition by Glyn Philpot was an excellent example of how we can diversify the curriculum in order to represent every child in our classrooms.
Our trainees really enjoyed the day, with one saying “This visit has given me the skills and confidence to be able to bring more collaborative thinking into my lessons”.
Course leader, Julie Howard said “The Pallant House visit is a great way for our trainees to learn how to utilise artwork within the classroom, to analyse and create discussions, as well as encourage them to think about how they can run a school trip of their own.