Teacher Artmaker Project

About the Teacher as Art-maker Project (TAP)

The Teacher as Artmaker Project (TAP) is a significant research initiative conducted at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE). Visual Art teachers are somewhat unique amongst the teaching fraternity in that they not only teach, but they must also practice what they preach. Many wish to maintain a private art practice in partnership with quality teaching; in fact, a lot of art teachers believe that their own art making is critical to ‘quality teaching’. However, we all know that this is not an easy task.

TAP is an international first for Visual Art Education, providing for the first time, longitudinal data on teacher’s participation in art production, perceptions of quality of teaching, and expectations of retention in the profession. This information will inform better teacher training and professional development for future generations of art educators. TAP participants come from successive cohorts of MGSE’s Master of Teaching (Secondary Art) program. All participants complete an annual survey once they graduate, regardless of their career pathway. A number of volunteers from that group also agree to participate in an annual art exhibition that provides participants with the goals, motivation, and support group to maintain an active art practice during the early years of their teaching career. We welcome you to discover TAP’s exhibitions, artist-teachers and research results.

Crossing Boundaries: The Journey from Teacher to Teaching Artist exhibition held at the George Paton Gallery, November 2012.
Purnima Ruanglertbutr, TAP exhibition curator and co-research assistant (holding flowers), standing with artists in Crossing Boundaries exhibition at the George Paton Gallery. Photo credit: Danny Bach.
2012 Teacher Artmaker Project exhibition catalogues.
Opening night presentations for Crossing Boundaries: The Journey from Teacher to Teaching Artist exhibition at the George Paton Gallery. Exhibition curator, Purnima Ruanglertbur Left, holding flowers); TAP principal researcher, Dr. Wesley Imms (2nd left); President, Art Education Australia and Executive Officer, Art Education Victoria, Marion Strong(Far right); Associate Professor Melbourne Graduate School of Education, David Beckett (2nd Right).
Work of art by Rebecca Parsons, in 2012 TAP exhibition, Crossing Boundaries: The Journey from Teacher to Teaching Artist

Exhibitions

2012

Crossing Boundaries: The Journey from Teacher to Teaching Artist
Curated by Purnima Ruanglertbutr

2013

Sensations of Artmaking: Triumphs, Torments and Risk-taking
Curated by Purnima Ruanglertbutr

Artists

Discover the artists and their artworks through video interviews, pictures, personal stories and more.


Each year, the TAP holds a curated art exhibition in a professional gallery, for project participants. This provides artist-teachers with the goals, motivation, support group to maintain an active art practice during the early years of their teaching career, and enables opportunities for professional and professional development. All the works of art in the exhibitions are created by recently graduated secondary Visual Art teachers, who display their diverse private art practice.

Unique to the exhibitions are the informative and insightful commentaries on the role that art-making plays in their teaching. The exhibitions demonstrate how MSGE, through its Master of Teaching program, encourages quality of teaching during the early years of a career, foster teachers’ ongoing passion for their subject-disciplines, and is concerned for the retention of quality graduates in the teaching profession. The exhibitions attract a large number of visitors to its opening nights and shows, and are enjoyed by artists, academics, educators, arts professionals and the general public alike.

Publications

Publications

Imms, W., & Ruanglertbutr, P. (2013). Can early career teachers be artists as well? Canadian Review of Art Education, 39, pp. 7-23.
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Imms, W. (2012) (Editor). Teacher as Art-maker Special Issue. Six critical essays by participants in this research. Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 6(2).

Imms, W., & Ruanglertbutr, P. (2013). The teacher as an art maker: What do new teachers identify as ‘the issues’. Australian Art Education, 35(1&2), pp. 81-92.

Ruanglertbutr, P. & Imms, W. (2013). Crossing Boundaries: The Journey from Teacher to Teaching Artist. ARTicle, The Journal of Art Education Victoria, 15(1), pp. 18-26.

Imms, W. (2011). Editorial: Artistry and the 'personal' in education. Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 5(1), 1-4.

Imms, W. (2011). Architecture, craftsmanship, and the art of inhabitation. Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 5(2), 94-109.

Imms, W. & Ruanglertbutr, P. (2010). The teacher as an art maker: A commentary on the current literature. Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 3(2), 3-12.

Exhibition Catalogues

Ruanglertbutr, P. (Editor.). (2013). Sensations of Art-making: Triumphs, Torments and Risk-taking, Exhibition catalogue of the second Teacher Artmaker Project Exhibition. Printed in Melbourne, October 2013. Download article (3.2mb)

Ruanglertbutr, P. (2012). (Editor). Crossing Boundaries: The Journey from Teacher to Teaching Artist. Printed in the University of Melbourne.
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Conference presentations

Ruanglertbutr, P. (February 17 2014). A Community of Artist-Teachers. Keynote opening lecture for Exhibition - Public Hanging XVII, Methodist Ladies College, Melbourne. (Presentation by invitation and travel grant of $1,000).
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Imms, W. & Ruanglertbutr, P. (2014, upcoming). To do or not to do? Trends in longitudinal data concerning new Visual Art teachers' art making, including impact on production, quality of teaching, and employment retention. Paper to be presented at the World Congress, International Society for Education in the Arts (InSEA), Melbourne, Australia.

Imms, W. & Ruanglertbutr, P. (2012). Can early career teachers be artists as well? First International Artist as Teacher Conference, Oslo, Norway September 2012 (presentation by invitation)
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Ruanglertbutr, P. & Imms, W. (2012) Can early career teachers both teach and make art? ART IMPACT. Art Education Victoria state conference. November 2012.
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Media

2012

Contact us

Dr Wesley Imms

Associate Professor Wesley Imms

TAP Principal Researcher

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Wesley Imms is Senior Lecturer and Head of Visual Art Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia. While primarily a curriculum theorist, his multi-disciplinary research conflates issues concerning gender, teacher education, the utilization of new generation learning spaces, trans-disciplinary pedagogy, architecture, applied design, and teacher/artist issues.

 Purnima Ruanglertbutr

Purnima Ruanglertbutrs

TAP Exhibition Curator and Co-Research Assistant

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Purnima Ruanglertbutr is both Research Assistant and Co-researcher in a range of projects within Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Department of Artistic and Creative Education, where she also frequently lectures. She teaches at the National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter Museum of Art, and is coordinator of the 2013 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand conference. Purnima is an independent curator, arts administrator, educator, artist and Editorial Assistant of the Journal of Artistic and Creative Education. Her research interests include arts and museum education – the relationship between visual art and literacy; role of art museums in the 21st century; museum education pedagogy; youth empowerment; teacher-artist issues; accessible arts education; interdisciplinary-based learning, contemporary curatorial models, and contemporary art and critical theory.