an open evening for potential students and their parents. My involvement began with preparing a display of year 11 self portraits. With only half a board to work with, I used a technique as discribed in The Art & Design Teacher's Handbook by Hodge (p77), which suggested a random overlapping arrangement for limited space. On the right is how it came out.
On the evening, I headed up to the art department where my role was to support the staff and I was soon talking to some of the parents about the department. I was able to talk about some of the lessons I had witnessed and the various techniques the students got to try and experiment with. Having walked into Food Technology, one of the conversations I had with a dad was about both the theory and practical sides of the subject, as current students cooked biscuits for the parents to ice.
Next, I had the great opportunity to walk around the school and see what other departments and staff did, which also meant talking to even more parents about the school in general. It was such a useful activity and I especially found the science labs engaging as I am interested in STEAM collaborations between the arts and science.
It was a long evening, but the school certainly showed itself at its best, and I am honoured to have had a role in that and to be part of the staff even temporarily.