The Visual Arts Circle, founded by Anna Whitcher and Kieran Donaghy, is a community of practice made up of language teaching professionals with a shared belief in the value of the visual arts in language education, which was launched at the 5th edition of the Image Conference in Valetta, Malta on 6th October.
The Visual Arts Circle is made up of language teaching professionals, teachers, teacher trainers, writers, editors, researchers, designers, illustrators, artists, photographers, and filmmakers, all with a shared belief in the value of visual arts – drawing, painting, sculpture, design, crafts, photography, video, and filmmaking – in language education. We believe that incorporating visual arts is an extremely effective way of improving the quality of teaching and learning, particularly in the field of language teaching. Through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group our members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop personally and professionally.
We intend to:
- engage language teachers in practical uses of the visual arts in the language classroom
- encourage a dialogue between language teachers in order to share activities and creative approaches to the use of visual arts in language teaching
- bring together like-minded professionals so as to build a creative and vibrant visual arts community
- open the group to all those committed to its values and objectives beyond the language teaching community
- publicise the value of visual arts in language education through articles, books, conferences and workshops, videos, films, and social media
- seek cooperation with any recognised organisation which shares our ideas and values
We hope to make a difference through:
- involving professionals in multiple fields and at all levels
- demonstrating the benefits of visual arts in language education with practical and useful guidance from experts in a variety of fields
If you’re interested in joining, please send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a short biodata (maximum 150 words, in third person) and high resolution photo.