Middle School art teacher Dana Squires attended the second annual International Teaching Artist Conference in Australia this summer for an enriching and engaging immersion in the global pursuit in arts education. Ms. Squires reflected on the philosophies and methodologies she learned of and discussed at this professional development conference for ArtsWA, of which she is a teaching artist member. Her insights are also shared below.
At the second International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC) held in Brisbane, Australia, co-convener Eric Booth suggested that teaching artistry is concerned with the verbs of art—the creating, playing, exploring, thinking. Teaching artistry is concerned with the process, the verb, rather than the finished product, the thing, which would be the noun. With 200 teaching artists representing 20 countries, ITAC 2014 was awash in varied experiences with, approaches to, and definitions of teaching artistry. What is a teaching artist? What do they do? How do they do it?