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"The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” Don Williams, Jr. (b.1968)
At the School of Contemporary Art we believe the creative journey is the key to discovering and falling in love with art-making. Creating stimulating and engaging experiences is our commitment to students. We understand the importance of trial and error as valuable steps in creative growth. Risk-free experimentation and the courage to try new things, without fear of failure, allows students to learn in their own way, producing independent thinking and unexpected outcomes.
CSoCA Lesson Structure
All programs at the School of Contemporary Art are based on a 110% system to ensure maximum creative learning and fun. Our lesson structure includes 10% theory/history, 50% technical skills development, 40% creative exploration, and 10% social.
All programs contain a drawing component to encourage the development of fine motor skills and the ability to visually express creative ideas.
All lessons contain a critical thinking component to encourage students to consider process, technique, concept and imagination in their creative development.
The content of each course is base on a term-long theme determined by the class educator and reflects student interests. Term programs are emailed directly to all enrolled students before the start of term.
All courses are taught by professionally practising artists and designers who have industry experience in their field and a passion for children's creative education. Our teachers are selected for their artistic abilities and their enthusiasm for delivering high-quality creative lessons.
At the School of Contemporary Art, we provide useful resources, practical guidance, quality materials, stimulating projects, and challenging outcomes in a fun, safe and nurturing environment.
All educators hold a current Working With Children Clearance. Please feel free to request a copy.
Lessons are conducted through a combination of process driven projects and open learning activities.
Process driven projects encourage students to develop artistic technique alongside critical thinking and open learning activities are designed to build student confidence and self-esteem through encouraged risk-taking and independent thinking.
Lessons are designed to challenge a student's thought processes whilst developing their innate abilities both technically and emotionally.
Small class numbers ensure each student receives one-on-one guidance from our experienced educators.
Students benefit from the opportunity to work individually and as groups, developing skills in both social and independent working environments.
Rose Skinner is the founder and Creative Director of the Children's School of Contemporary Art. Rose is a practising multi-disciplinary artist and arts educator.
With over 20 years experience working in the creative industries, Rose's bubblegum aesthetic and imaginative narratives have resonated with young people in galleries, festivals and workspaces across Australia and abroad.
Rose has received numerous awards and grants for her creative practices, she has held artist-in-residence in the UK, India and across Australia.
Rose completed her BA in Visual Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, whilst on a Curtin University student exchange to the UK. She holds qualifications in graphic design, from CIT, and has studied children's art education at Curtin University.