Paintings at the Palace: free CPD using art for cross-curricular inspiration

Would you like to teach using paintings but feel you don’t have the tools? Or do you already enjoy it but want to do more? The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) is offering London teachers a unique opportunity to attend a twilight CPD session led by Royal Collection Trust’s education experts at the inspirational venue of The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. The session will focus on the skills needed to question any painting and explain how teachers can pass this valuable insight on to pupils. Open to both subject masters and non-specialists, the session will have a clear cross-curricular focus with practical application for subjects such a literature and history, as well as art.

The first half of the session will take place in the gallery where museum/gallery professionals will teach the skills required to unlock the art and support a number of subject areas, such as creative writing. The second part of the workshop will highlight opportunities and resources available via the LGfL network to help transfer these skills into the classroom.

Attendees will learn how to teach students to ‘read’ a painting, and to understand the value of using art via digital sources, including the LGfL Image Bank. There will also be plenty of time to explore the gallery itself.

As a part of the wider art offering provided by the London Grid for Learning, which also includes  the Ben Uri: Portraits & Identity resource for Key Stages 2 – 4, this CPD session will be led by Royal Collection Trust’s own experts Will Graham and Bridget Crowley. The event aims to take a positive step in lowering the barriers to high art, a subject which has seen much controversy over recent months – most recently with the news that art history is to be dropped by AQA in their A Level provision.

Commenting on the event Will Graham, Learning Manager at Royal Collection Trust said, “working with the London Grid for Learning gives us the opportunity to reach out to teachers who want to learn more about using art to illustrate concepts but are often intimidated or feel that they lack the necessary tools to do so. By helping to equip them we hope to break down the exclusivity often perceived around high art and make it accessible to all”.

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