Continued Professional Development

Come and join us to learn how to use contemporary art to develop literacy in children and young people.

What are the different ways that we can develop a love and understanding of English and Literacy?

CPD: Art & Literacy
26 Feb, 2 Apr, 1 May 2019 - available as single workshops and a suite
£8 +booking fee

Join artist and writer, Stevie Ronnie, in exploring the different exhibitions within BALTIC and learn how to use contemporary art as an exciting and engaging stimulus for learning. Using activities designed for, and inspired by, our MRLA Project we will provide educators with opportunities to develop their understanding of how to use art to develop literacy, whilst also improving their own artistic skills.

Linked to the National Curriculum, these sessions will equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to be able to deliver sessions that are playful and stimulating for their students.

Poetry: Heather Phillipson
Tuesday 26 February

Contemporary art can provide a wealth of ways into creating original poetry. Artist Heather Phillipson is also a poet and we will be using her exhibition, The Age of Love to write some poems of our own inspired by her work.

Descriptive Writing
Tuesday 19 March

Taking our inspiration from BALTIC exhibitions we will be exploring ways in which we can sharpen our Descriptive Writing techniques. We will be focussing on specific artworks across the building and think about how the details that we choose to include when we write descriptively can effect the mood and depth of a piece.

Writing for Information/ Instructional Writing: Digital Citizen
Tuesday 2 April

The exhibition Digital Citizen - The Precarious Subject will be our starting point for considering the techniques that we can use when writing for information. In this session we’ll be thinking about how a piece of informational writing can maintain integrity in the age of ‘fake news’.

Narrative/Story Writing: Simon and Tom Bloor
Wednesday 1 May

In the final session we will be considering how we can create original stories using contemporary art as our starting point. We will be looking at the work of Simon and Tom Bloor and considering how we can use it to generate characters and narratives.

More about Stevie Ronnie:
A freelance writer, artist, tutor and digital consultant. Stevie is one of the founder directors of Book Apothecary CIC and works extensively with many arts organisations, including communities, schools and other artists to produce creative works in a range of different disciplines