Conference Day Workshop

Creativity and its part in Encouraging Students to Understand Identity, Privilege and Oppression
Antoinette Blain - Teacher-Coach (Expressive Arts) | Aga Khan Academies - Mombasa, Kenya

Creativity and its part in Encouraging Students to Understand Identity, Privilege and Oppression

Innovative Practice Sessions

About the workshop

The aims of this session are;

For participants to leave with practical tasks for the classroom so that teachers can choose, analyse and talk about artists and artwork that affirms identity and explores challenging topics of privilege, class, marginalisation with children and young people.

To have a clearer understanding about the role of art in the changing landscapes of our culture and how art can be used as a research tool in a variety of subjects with even the youngest students.

To be confident in using artwork and ‘artist thinking’ to make shifts towards an ethical and pluralist curriculum and classroom that honours the reality of students’ diverse cultures and experiences.

Session will include a variety of creatively facilitated and interactive techniques, participants will have the opportunity to engage in powerful dialogue around critical themes.

Using the work of the following artists (but not limited to):

  • Grayson Perry – Participants will make maps in the style of Perry that explore Race, Class & Identity in their local area.
  • Yinka Shonibare – Participants will use the work of Yinka Shonibare for history based research about Colonialism as an example of how studio thinking could be a starting point for research in other subject areas.
  • Ai Wei Wei – Participants will (resources permitting) wear life jackets, sit in (simulate) a life dinghy and review the work by Ai Wei Wei ‘soleil levant’ as a starting point for discussion about migration, displacement and its impact on identity, culture and marginalisation. Participants will design classroom activities that lead to discussion about fairness and privilege thus using art to build empathy.
  • Kahinda Wiley vs Holbein, Participants collectively create a comparative study of Kehinde Wiley, “Portrait of Rashid Johnson and Sanford Biggers, The Ambassadors” and Hans Holbein the Younger, “The Ambassadors”. Discussion of shifting the narrative around who is typically depicted with wealth.
  • Other suggested artists include; Vanessa German, Lubaina Himid, Soul of a Nation Exhibition, Khalil Joseph

About the facilitator

Antoinette Blain is an experienced international IB educator in Visual Art, an IB workshop leader, examiner and school visitor. After many years experience in middle and senior leadership she has recently joined the Aga Khan Academies as a teacher-coach across the 3 academies (Mombasa, Mapito and Hyderabad).


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