Start the long weekend with an inspiring forum on how to inject new ways of thinking into your teaching and stay afterwards to watch Sydney light up from...

Creativity In Education: Engaging Creative Students In The Senior High School Years


Museum of Contemporary Art
2000 NSW

Teaching creativity

Event Details

Start the long weekend with an inspiring forum on how to inject new ways of thinking into your teaching and stay afterwards to watch Sydney light up from the MCA.
Innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity are now words that dominate the education, business and political arenas, but how do we teach creativity and innovation in an environment dominated by strict curriculum guidelines that focus on 'teaching for results'? 
The keynote address by Dr James Arvanitakis, Dean Graduate Research School, Western Sydney University, will discuss the innovative and creativity imperative, and outline how educators can take advantage of curriculum guidelines to promote these graduate attributes, rather than be impeded by them. 
The panel will provide insight into real world needs for graduates and educators, present current innovative work and tackle the issue of how we can work with and change current practice to produce strong creative thinkers.
Our panel: 
John Goh has instilled inspiration, a new way of working in primary schools. His innovative staff are part of the Social Ventures Australia Powerhouse Schools Program. Together, they have a passion for the use of technology in learning and student engagement. 
Nicole Velik is an expert on creative thinking. Hear how Nicole's work with clients such as the UN, has transformed the way corporations work.  You’ll walk away with practical techniques to use in the classroom.
Brett Rolfe divides his time between the advertising world and a fantastic social project, SchoolHouse, which promotes more progressive approaches to education.
Michael Stoddart leads the Digital Media business strategy for Adobe in Asia Pacific, supporting the technology transition to take advantage of tablet, mobile and creative engagements.
Joachim Cohen is a passionate educator, excited by the potential the 21st century connected landscape presents to grow, harness and develop the skills of learners as creators and innovators.
Bridgette Van Leuven began her arts career at the Australian Theatre for Young People where she discovered the important role arts education and creativity plays in a young person’s development. She is currently the Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning at Sydney Opera House and is passionate about making the ‘House’ accessible onsite, offsite and online.  
Sarah Fordham is a Sydney-based contemporary artist who divides her time across a wide range of creative endeavors. A practitioner for over twenty years, her work explores colour across a wide range of forms.

Beyond the studio, Sarah is a passionate educator. She is a lecturer and presenter, who has delivered creative workshops for a diverse range of institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art. Sarah is regularly invited to be an artist-in-residence, working with students in Sydney and Hong Kong.

2016 sees the launch of SAFO, the artist’s new design label. Merging imagery from her paintings with products, Sarah’s work can now be seen on soft furnishings and accessories. 

Meredith Melville-Jones is the Director of Bradfield Senior College – a senior high school which specialises in the Creative Industries. She is passionate about working with senior school students to nurture and develop creative skills in conjunction with their academic studies.

This event is presented by Bradfield Senior College.
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