Community of Practice for Educators

NAVA’s Community of Practice for Educators meets to strengthen visual arts teaching and learning with industry best practice. Members are secondary school teachers, gallery educators and curriculum specialists, from across Australia, at different career stages and with varied expertise and experience.

A group of people sitting in a circle on chairs in a gallery space at Adelaide Contemporary Experimental.

Professional practice is an essential part of learning in all secondary school visual arts curriculums that are taught in Australia. Embedding it in our teaching and learning is fundamental to building visual arts sector capacity and resilience. All members enthusiastically support quality visual arts teaching and learning that is underpinned by contemporary visual arts practice and believe that art is a viable career path for young people.

The community meets to:

  • Explore innovative approaches to strengthening visual arts teaching and learning with professional visual art practice.
  • Discuss approaches for the practical application and advocacy of the Code in visual arts and Design classrooms and schools.
  • Connect educators working across all visual arts curriculums in Australia to enable peer-to-peer professional learning among the group.
  • Share information and knowledge through open and transparent discussion.
  • Provide constructive feedback and advice on gaps in professional development and resources for visual arts and design educators.
  • Share and discuss developments in visual arts education research and advocacy

Members 2022-23

EOI remain open for educators in NSW, NT and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators from any location. Please contact Alise Hardy Education Coordinator, Schools to discuss - alise@visualarts.net.au .

Ainslie Macaulay (Tas) Visual Arts Program Manager, Salamanca Arts Centre; Secondary Art Teacher, Sacred Heart College

Alise Hardy (SA) Education Coordinator - Schools, National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA); Committee Member (Education Resource Development), Art Education Australia (AEA)

Georgia Close (ACT) Head of Learning, National Gallery of Australia

Hao Ong (Andy) Ding (Vic) Student Achievement Leader for The Arts and Technology, Gleneagles Secondary College; Acting Board Chair, Art Education Victoria (AEV)

Harriet Geater-Johnson (SA) Art Teacher, Tatachilla Lutheran College

Jo-Anne Hine (Qld) Visual Art Teacher, Brisbane Girls Grammar School; Conference Director, Queensland Art Teacher Association (QATA)

Lilly Blue (WA) Head of Learning and Creativity Research, Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA)

Louise Dunn (SA) Executive Director, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (ACE)

Maria Bilske (SA) Art Teacher, Glenunga International High School; Vice-President, Visual Arts Educators South Australia (VAESA)

Molly Werner (WA) Education Officer, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery (BRAG)

Phebe Parisia (Vic) Artist; Pre-Service Visual Arts Teacher (Secondary)

Samantha Caddey (Vic) Arts Learning Area Leader, Sacred Heart College

Sarah Eve (WA) Level 3 Classroom Teacher Visual Arts, Perth Modern School