The AccessArt, 40 Artist Educator, Evaluation Space

40 Artist Educator Evaluation Space

40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

In 2014, AccessArt was funded by Arts Council England to create 40 resources which highlighted, celebrated and shared the work of diverse artist educators. New relationships were built, new audiences inspired, and new members attracted to AccessArt to ensure the sustainability of the organisation...

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The 40 Artist Educator Project at a Glance

40 Artist Educators Inspired us with their Practice

40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

We now have over 950 Members and 9000 Subscribers using the Resources with their Audiences...

Teachers, artists, facilitators and interested individuals...

Teachers, artists, facilitators and interested individuals...

We Tested Resources in Four Schools with Six Artists

4 schools in Cambridgeshire helped us test our resources

4 schools in Cambridgeshire helped us test our resources

Website ReDesign

We completely redesigned the AccessArt website to make it mobile responsive and easier to find the info you need...

We completely redesigned the AccessArt website to make it mobile responsive and easier to find the info you need...

... and Created another 30 Resources from Applicants to the Project...

Sometimes we just can't say no! We worked with many additional artist educator applicants to create extra resources!

Sometimes we just can't say no! We worked with many additional artist educator applicants to create extra resources!

And Developed our links with a Number of National Organisations

The project helped us nurture our links with many organisations including NSEAD, Engage, Axis, Campaign for Drawing & Anglia Ruskin University, as well as many museums and galleries and smaller arts organisations

The project helped us nurture our links with many organisations including NSEAD, Engage, Axis, Campaign for Drawing & Anglia Ruskin University, as well as many museums and galleries and smaller arts organisations

Explore our 40 Artist Educators...

From drawing to photography, printmaking to painting, design to installation art...

How do the 40 artist educators feel about the project?

"As an art educator who places emphasis on theory, it can sometimes be difficult to place oneself amongst a practice-heavy artist educator group. Paula and Sheila were pleased to represent an Art Historian as one of the 40 Artist Educators. I was also pleased to be present at the 2014 Engage Conference when the programme was highlighted as a case study, which may hopefully lead to future work." Anna Linch: Putting You in the Picture

"As an art educator who places emphasis on theory, it can sometimes be difficult to place oneself amongst a practice-heavy artist educator group. Paula and Sheila were pleased to represent an Art Historian as one of the 40 Artist Educators. I was also pleased to be present at the 2014 Engage Conference when the programme was highlighted as a case study, which may hopefully lead to future work." Anna Linch: Putting You in the Picture

"A rare opportunity to talk about my work with no hindrance. A fantastic way to share best practice and for Artist Educators to be recognised as valuable both creatively and within education. There is an unfortunate layer of snobbery often attached to work done within the realm of "Art Education' that fails to recognize the importance of arts education for individuals of all abilities. For some pupils the arts are a place of comfort where they can shine and be recognised for their talents, for others it is a pleasurable past time that hopefully will nurture an interest that will last a whole lifetime and for others it is an avenue to expression that they cannot find elsewhere in the curriculum. Whatever a pupil's ability encouraging and supporting expression in all forms is an envaluable part of creating on going stable and healthy mental well being and as an Arts Educator I take this aspect of my work extremely seriously"

"A rare opportunity to talk about my work with no hindrance. A fantastic way to share best practice and for Artist Educators to be recognised as valuable both creatively and within education. There is an unfortunate layer of snobbery often attached to work done within the realm of "Art Education' that fails to recognize the importance of arts education for individuals of all abilities. For some pupils the arts are a place of comfort where they can shine and be recognised for their talents, for others it is a pleasurable past time that hopefully will nurture an interest that will last a whole lifetime and for others it is an avenue to expression that they cannot find elsewhere in the curriculum. Whatever a pupil's ability encouraging and supporting expression in all forms is an envaluable part of creating on going stable and healthy mental well being and as an Arts Educator I take this aspect of my work extremely seriously"

40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"Paula and Sheila are both incredibly enthusiastic and encouraging - always. I really hope AccessArt continues to receive support and funding as they are creating really valuable resources and a pleasure to work with." A 40 Artist Educator

40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"Back Lane Artspace has found AccessArt to be a truly inspirational resource. Finding a thriving organisation with so many interested and interactive members, who share the same values and the same approach to teaching creativity as our own, has inspired and encouraged us to consider how we can provide and promote more high quality arts experiences to more children. As a result we have become "The Children's Art School", a non-profit organisation. Our aim now is to provide more art education in more locations and to reach as many children as possible regardless of social status or family income. We are also forging partnerships with more schools, providing bespoke visual and multi-arts experiences and supporting creative approaches to teaching throughout the curriculum." The Children's Art School, Holmfirth.

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40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"It has been a pleasure to work with AccessArt. I was very appreciative of the support that Paula and Sheila gave me during the development and editing of the resource and also their care and attention to detail in presenting my resource on the AccessArt website."

The AccessArt, 40 Artist Educator, Evaluation Space
The AccessArt, 40 Artist Educator, Evaluation Space
"I had a lot of email correspondence with Sheila who was extremely encouraging and supportive throughout the process." Ursula Kelly, Artist Educator

"I had a lot of email correspondence with Sheila who was extremely encouraging and supportive throughout the process." Ursula Kelly, Artist Educator

Find Out How the Resources were Evaluated in Schools

Jo Allen & Rachael Causer at Ridgefield Primary

Ann Harild at Chesterton Community College

Hannah Webb at Witchford Community College

Susie Olczak at Swavesey Village College

See and Hear How AccessArt is Used to Inspire New Audiences

Just some of the artists and teachers using AccessArt...

40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"I love the experiential type of art that is on the website….it is so different from any other website that I have seen. I enjoy looking for new ideas for my 21 art classes that I teach…..Keep up the great work!!"

Coolgarrow Kids

County Wexford

“I have been using AccessArt for about a year and a half. Myself and my partner John run a Kids arts and crafts space in an out building at our home just outside Enniscorthy. We cater for 4 – 12 year olds at present and run Saturday morning and afternoon sessions. I find AccessArt so helpful in both providing ideas and ways in which to approach teaching kids. AccessArt has helped me broaden my spectrum of practicing art and given me great guidance in dipping into such techniques as printmaking, sculpture and drawing which i share with the kids. What i particularly like are the warm up exercises for drawing that you share with us – these are particularly good at putting the kids at ease with the drawing process – and the projects are great as they can be followed easily.”
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40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"I primarily use this site when I need a little inspiration for my teaching. I have been an art teacher for 8 years, but I am always interest in developing and expanding my range of approaches and ideas. I often find that I get a little side tracked on the site and these research tangents occasionally inspire a fresh approach to some element of my own art work."

Michelle Weeks, Paulet High School

"I have been using AccessArt for over a year, to help develop my Art teaching and gain new art skills. I originally joined as a way of getting CPD, without having to leave my school. AccessArt has helped in motivating students. We have all acquired new skills both teachers and students. The different approaches to drawing have helped to increase our exam success at Paulet. I increasingly use the blind drawing techniques as not just warm ups but as the start to longer tasks, getting the students to think outside the box. I loved the quiet drawing techniques students have been drawing in the air, 'quiet and shy drawings' have become a partof our department vocab and have helped to build confidence and accuracy when recording from life and memory. Using the ideas from projects and drawing techniques have made drawing fun, students particularly liked the sensory drawing activities - drawing through touch."

Staffordshire

“I have been using AccessArt for over a year, to help develop my Art teaching and gain new art skills. I originally joined as a way of getting CPD, without having to leave my school. AccessArt has helped in motivating students. We have all acquired new skills both teachers and students. The different approaches to drawing have helped to increase our exam success at Paulet. I increasingly use the blind drawing techniques as not just warm ups but as the start to longer tasks, getting the students to think outside the box. I loved the quiet drawing techniques students have been drawing in the air, ‘quiet and shy drawings’ have become a partof our department vocab and have helped to build confidence and accuracy when recording from life and memory. Using the ideas from projects and drawing techniques have made drawing fun, students particularly liked the sensory drawing activities – drawing through touch.”
40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

" I continue to find Accessart resources incredibly valuable and I continue to spread the word to friends and colleagues. It is a great springboard for developing ideas."

Felicty Heath, Adult and Community Learning Surrey

"I've been looking at the website since about March this year. I am a painter and teach adults. Accessart has helped me develop ideas for teaching when stuck with course planning, and needing to come up with new ways of doing things. I know I can find solutions on your site, which I adapt for adults. It also helps with my confidence as often I'm reminded of things I've forgotten, and that I can do successfully. I have introduced a 'Drawing & Thinking' project in an adult oil painting class in an attempt to get learners to think differently, enjoy the process and not be judgmental. For this I've used some of your drawing ideas - 3 shapes, continuous line drawings and more. They are great for this purpose as they are quick ( but can be expanded), and fun - exactly what I want these learners to have, but with a very definite learning outcome that they can apply to their painting skills. Also taking inspiration from other artists' work - 'making drawings with mass' - Henry Moore's sheep drawings fitted perfectly into work we were doing about volume. I can't remember how I found your site, but it really has been hugely beneficial to my teaching. For myself, it also inspires me to do my own work - just looking at other people's work can do that for me!"

Surrey

“I’ve been looking at the website since about March this year. I am a painter and teach adults. Accessart has helped me develop ideas for teaching when stuck with course planning, and needing to come up with new ways of doing things. I know I can find solutions on your site, which I adapt for adults. It also helps with my confidence as often I’m reminded of things I’ve forgotten, and that I can do successfully. I have introduced a ‘Drawing & Thinking’ project in an adult oil painting class in an attempt to get learners to think differently, enjoy the process and not be judgmental. For this I’ve used some of your drawing ideas – 3 shapes, continuous line drawings and more. They are great for this purpose as they are quick ( but can be expanded), and fun – exactly what I want these learners to have, but with a very definite learning outcome that they can apply to their painting skills. Also taking inspiration from other artists’ work – ‘making drawings with mass’ – Henry Moore’s sheep drawings fitted perfectly into work we were doing about volume. I can’t remember how I found your site, but it really has been hugely beneficial to my teaching. For myself, it also inspires me to do my own work – just looking at other people’s work can do that for me!”
40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"As a full time Fine Art student, I aim to work within the community on graduation. The AccessArt site is a fantastic resource which helps to develop my imaginative thought process when I am trying to develop workshops."

40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"Great sharing and ideas and easy to use. I really value the teaching and approach to using the gallery as a focus and the variety of community connections that AccessArt makes. I am out of mainstream schools and in a gallery situation where I teach many after school classes. The approach is not curriculum driven and very inspiring and freeing and makes me look closely at what I teach and how I teach it."

Kate Munro, Artist Educator

Norfolk

I’ve been using AccessArt for about a year, and became a member in June. As a freelance artist and workshop leader it has been almost like having a friend to bounce ideas around with, getting so many balls rolling, and inspiring many projects. Also really good to know there’s a community out there as when you are almost always leading projects alone. Great, thank you.”
40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"I am planning to develop activities for children for visual arts, for the National Gallery in Kosova, Prishtina. A friend from Edinburgh told me about this website. I am hoping to find ideas about engaging activities for children and making art accessible to young audiences. I have finished MA in Arts and Cultural Management in Edinburgh and temporarily living in Kosovo. Many thanks, Enita Westmoreland"

Maru Rojas

London

I mostly use AccessArt for ideas when planning art sessions. But often I use it just to browse and pass time as some of the activities on the site are amazing. It has helped me in planning more risk-taking and art-focused workshops. I recently used a drawing resource to create my own plan for a 5-week after school art club. The drawing resource was the starting point to get children thinking about lines, space & colour.
40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"I love the new look AccessArt, it's easy to navigate, clear and sharp looking. I am always thrilled with the ideas and projects you post, lots of them infiltrate my teaching to Yrs 5 to 9. Just keep it up. You're tremendous."

Rachel Adshead, Castlewood School

"We have enjoyed intertwining AccessArt into our projects - feeling confident that we are making good progress and enriching the curriculum. I love the sketching - the wildlife / hedgerow painting and have included aspects of this in a natural paint making session at a woodland in which I work. We love the AccessArt projects - they are stunning and inspirational - I have passed them on to other friends and colleagues who are equally impressed. Thank you!"

Coventry

“We have enjoyed intertwining AccessArt into our projects – feeling confident that we are making good progress and enriching the curriculum. I love the sketching – the wildlife / hedgerow painting and have included aspects of this in a natural paint making session at a woodland in which I work. We love the AccessArt projects – they are stunning and inspirational – I have passed them on to other friends and colleagues who are equally impressed. Thank you!”
40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"I get fantastic explanations and inspiration from this site. I'm a primary teacher and this is the 1st year I've taught art to a year 3 class. Great resource. Especially as many of your lessons and ideas needs little specialist equipment."

40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"Amazing creative ideas by practicing artists is very inspiring for teachers in schools. I think it is also very refreshing to see something which is not aimed at anything but unlocking creativity. I really love the site."

40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"The different approaches to drawing have helped to increase our exam success at Paulet."

Claire Dean, Bradford College

"I have been accessing AccessArt for quite a time now - possibly around 3 plus years. I have used the ideas for working with trainee teachers and to help develop my own art skills. The ideas provided encourage creativity and also provide some degree of security. In other words they allow you to experiment. AccessArt has also encouraged me to try out more techniques in a more open way, thereby developing confidence. My colleague and I have used some of the examples you have provided e.g. shell drawing and large scale drawing to encourage the trainee teachers to work more imaginatively with children and to show how art can link with other subjects such as science without the pressure of realism all the time but capturing important details. The site has developed considerably over the period that I have been using it and there have been many exciting developments with some brilliant resources produced - including the drawing course for teenagers."

West Yorkshire

“I have been accessing AccessArt for quite a time now – possibly around 3 plus years. I have used the ideas for working with trainee teachers and to help develop my own art skills. The ideas provided encourage creativity and also provide some degree of security. In other words they allow you to experiment. AccessArt has also encouraged me to try out more techniques in a more open way, thereby developing confidence. My colleague and I have used some of the examples you have provided e.g. shell drawing and large scale drawing to encourage the trainee teachers to work more imaginatively with children and to show how art can link with other subjects such as science without the pressure of realism all the time but capturing important details. The site has developed considerably over the period that I have been using it and there have been many exciting developments with some brilliant resources produced – including the drawing course for teenagers.”
40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"I believe AccessArt is an incredible concept. The international concept gives insight to other cultures and other artists around the world. Truly inspirational."

Jacqueline Carstairs, Creative Splash Art Academy

Cambridge

“I am a new user to AccessArt and have been amazed at the depth and breadth of your resources. There is so much I can use and which inspires me. I am new to the world of creative teaching without support from peers so AccessArt has been invaluable to me with the advice and examples it freely shares. I am so grateful I found this resource. I have spent many hours pouring over the resources on AccessArt. I have been inspired to try new things or old things in different ways. It has helped me broaden my knowledge and have more confidence to try new skills, such as print making using copper board and etching pens and clay work. I just love AccessArt. I can’t even remember how I found you but I am enriched by being a member, and that rubs off on my children.”
40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"Its a brilliant site that always fills me with motivation and inspiration to take back to my clients. I always enjoy my visits."

Mirange Hobson, Bradfield Dungworth Primary School

South Yorkshire

“I first joined AccessArt two years ago, to guide my own creative development. I have also started to use it in the last year to enrich my creative practise in school art education, specifically the after-school art club I run. AccessArt has helped my personal creative development by offering low cost, knowledgable, useable courses and resources in both the fundamentals of art and beyond. The accessibility and friendliness of the site is encouraging and increases in range continually. “
40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"It's BRILL.... a breath of fresh air for me practicing in rural north of England. I hope you continue the good work for many years to come. Thank you."

40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"You are a great organisation - much admired and one of the best workshops I took part in. Thanks"

40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"A simply invaluable resource - I visit your site at least once a week - thank you for all your inspiring ideas."

40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

" I think you guys are brilliant! I love the easy access to free teaching lessons, and the very economical membership to further lesson plans. Keep up the great work!"

AccessArt Visitors using resources

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Audience numbers

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AccessArt Stats...

Visitors to AccessArt...

...have increased by over 100% during the project period

...have increased by over 100% during the project period

Who uses accessart?

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Where are our users based?

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Sessions by country

January 2014 to January 2015

January 2014 to January 2015

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Strategic Friends

40 inspirational resources covering many aspects of the visual arts

"AccessArt has had an incredible year and is going from strength to strength, providing a much needed forum for artists and educators to share ideas and collaborate. In the current climate, where art is under such pressure within the education system, initiatives such as this are vital and AccessArt is leading the way." Henry Ward, Trustee

Collaborating Organisations

Welling Visual Arts

“The 40 Artist Educator project has enabled collaboration across a wide range of institutions and individuals. The featured projects demonstrate a diverse cross section of projects highlights fascinating and inspiring approaches to teaching art in the 21st century. All too often teachers are tempted to do what has worked in the past, frequently with diminishing returns. This project gives art staff no excuse to rest on their laurels but rather a tool kit to reinvigorate their practice. We look forward to more AccessArt projects in this vein in the future.” Andee Collard. Head of Specialism. Welling School.
“The 40 Artist Educators project has been really exciting for everyone involved. At Cambridge School of Art we have been particularly delighted to host an exhibition of some of the work in the Ruskin Gallery, so that both artists and pupils can gain the satisfaction of seeing their work in a professional setting. Simply as an ‘artist in residence’ type project , the 40 artists and their pupils have benefitted they always do in such situations – real artists have inspired children to dare to do things differently, something they will remember for many years to come. Such engagement also inspires the artists to evaluate what they do in new ways. When you add the additional asset that AccessArt brings to art education – dissemination of artwork and practical ideas via the internet and social media – these benefits are of course multiplied. New ideas and activities taking place in a village school in Cambridgeshire have travelled across the world, and created ripples from Yorkshire to as far afield as South Korea. Let’s hope this project can continue in new ways, and that 40 artists can turn into 4000 artists as it grows.” Chris Owen, Head of Cambridge School of Art

The V&A

“Access Art are a fantastic resource for teachers, providing a wonderful mix of exciting, inspiring ideas and practical advice and support. It is a pleasure to share a case study from our V&A Design Lab programme with the Access Art audience.” Rebecca English, V&A

VIVID

“The VIVID project has for the last three years linked artists, designers and educators in four countries on either side of the English Channel – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. Part of the purpose of the project was to develop artistic talent in schools, and AccessArt have made a great contribution to this by bridging the gap between school art lessons and School of Art studios. Besides art and design activities for schoolchildren organised at Cambridge School of Art, the AccessArt on-line drawing modules spread the message across the globe that art matters to young people, and I was delighted that they were able to share the results of this experiment at the final VIVID conference in Breda, in September 2014. ” Chris Owen, Head of Cambridge School of Art
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“AccessArt have been very supportive of what we do at the Art Cabin. Sharing our creative projects through the ’40 Artist Educator’ resource definitely gave the young students involved a real sense of pride.” Sharon Gale, The ArtCabin

The Little Art Studio

“At the Little Art Studio I have felt really supported both in the work that I do and in what I believe in. Sheila’s and Paula’s steady stream of encouragement has really helped, and being chosen as one of the forty artist / educators has been great. As an an artist I aim always to maintain an openness – and as an educator too – an openess to discovering more about “learning” and “teaching”. AccessArt is a resource site with real integrity which is also a fundamental necessity in the pursuit of both true education and creative development. They understand the meaning of process and of exploration as a valuable part of the creativity and the importance of showing reflection and time as a crucial step in development. To be linked feels an honour and I will use my “award” to develop my teaching confidently and to support applications for further work within education. To now see the 40 artist / educators project is wonderful – and through it I now feel a part of a rich and diverse collection of artist / educators.” Ellie Somerset, The Little Art Studio

Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination

“CCI and AccessArt have long shared a passion for how creative experiences can transform lives so this opportunity to link our work on this brilliant resource was really welcome.”

Inspired to work with AccessArt? Please get in touch!

Although the 40 Artist Educator project is now over, the resources created will remain on the AccessArt website as part of the AccessArt resource bank for years to come, benefiting new audiences.

AccessArt is a UK registered charity and receives no revenue funding. Instead we rely on income from memberships to enable us to continue to meet our aim of inspiring and enabling visual arts education. Membership is open to teachers, facilitators, artists and individuals across the UK and overseas. Please consider becoming a member to benefit your practice and support AccessArt. Membership starts at just £3.50 per month.

We are always looking to work with organisations, artists, teachers and facilitators to develop new content and resources. Please get in touch.

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