Professional Development Workshop for Primary and Early Childhood Teachers
by Raquel Redmond
This page is created as a resource page for teachers, it contains lots of information about setting up your classrooms, materials and our latest entries to help you provide an exciting learning environment for your students. If you have any questions please contact us through our feedback form.
To view our lessons go to our Art Lessons, to view all of our tutorials.
Children and their Art
A candid interview with Raquel Redmond about Brava Art Press and her drive to provide educational resources for educators
Colour tutorial video
Some insightful articles/videos
The art experience in the classroom
This video is an adaption of a presentation given to educators on how to set up your room for the experience and enjoyment of art.
How to teach a young introvert
What should we do with the quiet kids? A conversation with Susan Cain on the future of classroom education.
Susan Cain sticks up for the introverts of the world. In the U.S., where one third to one half the population identifies as introverts, that means sticking up for a lot of people. Some of them might be data engineers overwhelmed by the noise of an open-floor-plan office. Others might be lawyers turning 30, whose friends shame them for not wanting a big birthday bash. But Cain particularly feels for one group of introverts: the quiet kids in a classroom.
Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley
Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.
Colour wheels by students.
Download PDF of Colour wheels
Children and drawing, notes on drawing
There is so much that I could write on my experience of teaching drawing to young children. During our Art Lessons in my Studio in Brisbane we had all kinds of different experiences in drawing, here are some of my stories based on what has been for me the most rewarding experience as an Artist/Art Educator.
Recyclable Art Materials
This list of recyclable Materials can be sent home with each student to bring the items marked to use in art projects. Most of the materials listed here appear on each individual project list of materials on the Art lessons page.
Download the PDF Recyclable Art Materials
Any kind of paper and any size white paper, brown paper, coloured paper, from printing business or from home
- Old magazines collage/mixing paint
- Old newspapers to cover working tables/papier mache
- Old small books/ printmaking and altered books
- Paper bags, any size
- Paper cups, construction
- Paper napkins, collage mixed media painting
- Cardboard, any size or colour, printmaking/collage
- Old manila folders, printmaking/college
- Cardboard cylinders, from plastic wrap, aluminium foil or fabric rolls, and big thick ones for sculpture construction
- Boxes, any size, small medium and large, depending of the project sculpture/construction
- Paper doilies collage
- Empty match boxes sculpture/construction
- Tissue paper mixed media painting/collage
- Cellophane paper collage
- Aluminium foil printmaking/mixed media painting/collage
- Crepe paper collage mixed/media
- Sandpaper collage/printmaking
- Corrugated cardboard construction/sculpture/mixed media painting
- Old wall paper books collage/printmaking
- Fish and Chips trays, printmaking/construction
- Old ice cube trays, to contain paint
- Ice cream containers (to hold water and collage items on tables, to store small items)
- Butter or margarine containers water/small items on tables
- Soft drink bottles (1,25ml) to display puppets fill bottom with pebbles, kitty litter, sand or water
- Big thick straws construction/3D collage
- Netting collage
Any interesting materials to dress puppets
- Old sheets for puppets bodies
- Calico for puppets bodies
- Old skirts, pants and tops (a few to create bodies for puppets)
- Old stockings puppets heads
- 1 Old pillow or 2 cushions inserts to fill puppets heads and cotton dolls per class
- Rhine stones
- Fake fur
- Cotton balls
- Coloured Felt
Carolyn Edwards, Lella Gandini, George Forman, (Ed.) “The Hundred Languages of Children”, 2nd. Ed., Ablex Publishing, Westport, Connecticut, London.
Felicity McArdle, & Gail Boldt (Ed). (2013) “Young Children, Pedagody and the Arts”, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York and London.
Susan Wright (Ed.), (1991), “The Arts in Early Childhood”, Prentice Hall of Australia.
Susan Wright (Ed.) (2012), “Children, Meaning-Making and the Arts”, Pearson, Australia.
Kolbe, U. (2005). “It’s Not a Bird Yet”:The drama of drawing, Peppinot Press, Byron Bay, Australia.
Kolbe U. 2nd Ed. (2007), “Rapunzel’s Supermarket”: All about children and their art, Peppinot Press, Byron Bay, Australia.
Al Hurwitz, Michael Day, 6th Ed. (1995), “Children and Their Art”: Methods for the Elementary School, Harcourt Brace College Publishers, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.