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Being There - Rediscovering primary research at Chatsworth

Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House
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Explore historical and contemporary art and artefacts from the large and varied Devonshire Collection.

This experiential one-day event is designed to help hone your students' research and presentation skills. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore historical and contemporary artefacts from the large and varied collection at Chatsworth House, including the ‘Living with Art we Love’ exhibition within the house and grounds.

Participants will create a piece of work exploring visual connections and the relationships between their chosen objects. Participants must consider a theme and record their research through a range of media and materials. This activity is both about creating work independently and working collaboratively with others, linking an initial research theme with an evolving investigation and providing evidence of the research journey through a visual narrative of how this has informed ideas.

Research is a fundamental part of creative arts courses from FE through to HE. Visiting museum or gallery collections is an excellent starting point for primary investigation. This live event will equip you with the tools to help encourage students to independently engage with cultural sites when developing their work and to effectively document visual connections in the presentation of their research.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to improve your students’ research, ideas generation and presentation skills.
  • How to link educational visits with the curriculum needs of your students’.
  • Understanding the value of primary research practices and how it enhances creative thinking to improve student work and grades.
  • Knowledge of the assessment criteria and inspiring delivery strategies to help your students.

Who should attend?

This course is relevant for all those delivering creative education. All levels of expertise and specialism are welcome.

About the facilitators

Kerry Fernandez

Kerry Fernandez trained and practiced in Visual Communication and Graphic Design before becoming a lecturer. She has taught on the Graphic Design and Illustration degree at Sheffield Hallam University and spent many years at Chesterfield College teaching Visual Communication on the Level 4 Foundation course, and Level 3 Diploma.  Here she was cross-college mentor in Outstanding OFSTED practice and internal moderator for the UAL qualifications.
Kerry has maintained her freelance graphic design practice, working with clients nationwide, and works as an External Advisor for Sheffield Hallam University and UAL.  She currently works as the Arts Engagement Manager for the Learning and Engagement department at Chatsworth; sharing objects from the Devonshire collection with schools, colleges and universities. This also includes an onsite learning programme, where she delivers a range of specialist art and design skills to support STEAM learning and creative course units.

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson is an academic consultant with projects ranging from advising on creative education in India to working with the UK Department for Education on new qualifications. With over 30 years of experience in further and higher education, she has designed, delivered and managed creative arts courses at the University of the Arts London. Instigating strategies to improve teaching, learning and assessment, both in the UK and with educational institutions worldwide.

She was part of the team responsible for setting up the UAL Awarding Body, helping to develop the suite of qualifications and leading the team of Chief Examiners as Head of Academic Standards. She continues to support the work of UAL as an academic advisor, external assessor and senior moderator. She designs and delivers CPD courses in collaboration with institutions such as Chatsworth House, Scottish National Galleries and Saatchi. She maintains her own creative practice inspired by her extensive collection of vintage objects and textiles.

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