Ways of Looking | Slow Looking Professional Learning for Teachers

Sat 4 May, 9.15am–1.15pm

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NGV International

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Saturday 4 May
NGV International

Teachers: $80
Teacher Members: $65

Take some time out with art! In Ways of Looking, join NGV educators and guest presenters to discover different strategies and approaches to use in the classroom to foster students’ observation, interpretation and responding skills.

How does our experience of art change if we slow down and spend an extended period of time contemplating one work? What details will we notice, and how might our perception of the work change? Drawing on visual sensibilities, imagination and personal reflections, art historian and educator Dr Olivia Meehan guides participants through observation and slow looking techniques that can be used in the classroom and across the curriculum.

Presenter Biography

Dr Olivia Meehan is an art historian who connects art, literature, nature and gardens across continents and through centuries. Dr Meehan is the Object-based Learning Coordinator in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Olivia received her MPhil and PhD in the History of Art from the University of Cambridge, King’s College. She has also trained at the V&A Museum London (International Initiatives) in Creating Innovative Learning Programmes. Since graduating she has worked in museums and galleries; and as a lecturer and tutor in the History of Art. Her current research focuses on Observation, Imagination and Slow Looking.

Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret and analyse a range of works in the NGV Collection
  • Develop strategies to help students interpret the meanings and messages in contemporary art and design
  • Investigate the use of contemplative pedagogy for increasing student engagement

AITSL Standards

  • 2.1 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
  • 3.3 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge,skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking
  • 6.2 Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice, targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities.
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