Pippa Joiner is the Project Coordinator for the DesignLab project at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Here she discusses how she is recruiting schools from the Charity’s beneficial area to participate in the project and sign up to sessions - and the challenges she is facing.
Thirteenth Blog entry – October 2013
In her recent farewell speech V&A designer in residence Julia Lohmann described her residency studio at the V&A as a rockpool; a protected and sheltered space to test ideas, yet which remains connected to the ocean (the outside world). I have found this a compelling image and would like to think that the John Lyon’s Charity project has acted as a ‘rockpool’ to teachers and students. It has guided them in finding the ‘treasures’ the V&A can offer – and enriched the ‘ocean’ of teaching and learning.
Yet just as rockpools must constantly change and regenerate so it will be one of my tasks during the coming year to ensure teachers continue to ‘rejoin’ the wider environment and access the fabulous resources of the V&A independently of the project. I will develop stategies for this throughout the coming year which I will share with you. Meanwhile, if anybody has experience and advice for how to sustain relationships beyond the life of a project it would be great to hear from you!
CPD programme for 2013/14
The programme of free CPD is a fanstic way for teachers to discover the wonderful array of workshops on offer. It is designed for teachers that have not yet engaged with the project to ‘dip their toes in the water’ and also for teachers who have previously engaged to explore our new offerings!
The CPD events introduce teachers to innovative ways of working within art, craft and design practices. They are designer-led and take place in a relaxed atmosphere where participants can learn new skills, gain ideas and inspiration and meet other teachers. The programme last year was very successful, with 100% good and excellent feedback.
Schools have been sent information and events have been booking fast - so far this year teachers from 26 different schools have booked places for CPD sessions. We are keen to circulate this as widely as possible, so please do share the details with any Secondary Art & Design and Design & Technology teachers within the John Lyon’s Charity boroughs.
Please find the programme listed on the V&A website at http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/j/john-lyons-charity-project/ and do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the main V&A teachers’ programme we are hosting an educators’ private view to celebrate the opening of Jameel Prize 3.
16 January 2014, 18.30–20.30
Join us in the spectacular dome entrance to celebrate the opening of the Jameel Prize 3 exhibition, including works by international artists and designers directly inspired by sources rooted in the Islamic tradition. Hear from the exhibition curator, pick up free resources and enjoy a drink with colleagues.
Cost: Free, booking essential, book now on +44 (0)20 7942 2211