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Published Conference Proceedings - Paper
June 2010

Creative Academy: Reflective Stories

Ingleson, S & Clements, J 2010, Creative Academy: Reflective Stories, in: '1st Annual International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts', Atiner, Athens, Greece. Conference details: 1st Annual International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts, Athens Institute for Education and Research, ATHENS, GREECE 7-10 June 2010 Presentation and paper .

Abstract

 The Creative Academy centres around Clements and Ingleson’s notion of creativity centred learning. Involving single structure learning platforms (tiered engagement, ‘sliding scale’ benchmarks and achievements) with peer/inter-relational, (community/project driven) experienced based learning. It allows enterprise-structured frameworks for self-directed learning, opening access to common knowledge and encouraging inter-institutional collaborations. Creating opportunities for extra-curricular, informal learning cohorts, with the capacity of building in schools and cross-disciplinary creative education.

As an example the case study references ‘Reflective Stories’ which originated in discussions with Clements and Ingleson and an early Regional Progressive Network event. At the meeting it became clear that Art and Design staff from the region would welcome opportunities to share examples of student work and their developmental processes. It was also recognised that the use of the sketchbook or journal was something that was used in all levels of education and was also an important aspect of professional practice in art and design. The role of the sketchbooks and journals in the processes of critical reflection in creative-cultural practices is also something that has been of particular interest to staff at the University of Salford and the Manchester Metropolitan University. As a consequence the RPN have now developed an archive of examples of sketchbook and journal practices from a wide range of subject areas that include the visual arts, most areas of design and applied arts, creative writing, science, archaeology and music.

 ‘Reflective Stories’ is therefore an innovative attempt to use the RPN archive to explore the ways in which all creative-cultural practitioners (as students and as professionals) generate still moments of reflection within the dynamic of their creative processes. Ultimately it is this sense of an underlying interconnectedness between art and design education and creative-cultural professional practices that ‘Reflective Stories’ seeks to reveal and then to celebrate. 

Publication Details

Conference Proceedings
Ingleson, S & Clements, J eds. 2010, 1st Annual International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts, Atiner, Athens, Greece.

Conference Details
1st Annual International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts, Athens Institute for Education and Research, ATHENS, GREECE 7-10 June 2010 Presentation and paper