Astrid Leeson MFA

Creative learning

I am a qualified Visual Artist whose enthusiasm and commitment in my participatory practice, according to evidence, has inspired people of all generations to learn and engage with past heritage, contemporary culture and anticipate potential futures.

“Places and quality of life are transformed through imagination, ambition and an understanding of the potential of creativity “ (Creative Scotland) P7

While I am a Visual Artist I also describe myself as a Creative Practitioner as my work within schools and communities is not always about bonnie pictures. Instead it is about connecting with groups and supporting them as they engage in their learning and exploring new possibilities. I believe that there is great, personal and public value to be gained from arts and creativity in education but this is not always reflected in public opinion, the workplace or education policy. The organisation Creativity Culture and Education, (CCE) identify “5 habits of mind” as indicators of creativity.

Inquisitive: wondering and questioning; exploring and investigating; challenging assumptions.

Persistent: tolerating uncertainty; sticking with difficulty; daring to be different.

Imaginative: playing with possibilities; making connections; using intuition.

Disciplined: crafting and improving; developing techniques; reflecting critically.

Collaborative: cooperating appropriately; giving and receiving feedback; sharing the creative “product”

This is not just associated with art and drama but with problem solving, questioning, thinking out of the box, persistence and making connections between things.  All these skills and attributes are cross-curriculum and are needed in today’s employment and life.

With a background/foundation in early years education I have worked with young people of all abilities in both schools and nurseries. I have worked full-time as a cultural development worker for a local heritage project, where I developed projects through consultation and supported people of all generations to learn and engage with their local heritage, contemporary culture and anticipated potential futures. As a freelancer I have worked with Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Living Communities, Newtyle and Eassie Playgroup, Tayside Woods for Health, Junior Carsonians. Hidden Giants and Perth and Kinross Creative Learning Network, Angus Schools and others.

I am currently working with “ACES Tayside,” leading a portfolio preparation class at DJCAD for 5th an 6th year students and Historic Environmental Scotland exploring of Arbroath Abbey and its history.

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