Image: Artist Sonya Smith with St. Joseph’s School students Photo: Orana Studios

Aboriginal Artists in Schools – Teaching through creation stories

2018 RUBY AWARD, Best Work, Event or Project for Young People

A community and cultural development project which aims to establish longer-term and sustainable connections between Aboriginal artists, cultural practitioners and local schools.

Aboriginal Artists in Schools – teaching through creation stories employs expertise of local Aboriginal artists and cultural practitioners to work in collaboration with teachers, addressing the opportunities and challenges presented by the cross curriculum area in the Australian Curriculum: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures. The program provides rich professional development for teachers and authentic learning outcomes for students through a sustainable artist in residence model.

The project is based on the award winning pilot project Ngarrindjeri Yanun, a long- term partnership project between Catholic Education and Carclew that employed six artists and Elders teaching creation stories through a multi arts program at St Joseph’s Primary school in Murray Bridge..

Watch the video linked here. or in the frame below.

The results of the pilot project have been outstanding. Carclew is currently developing a modular model of the program that can be delivered at a number of levels of engagement for South Australian schools.

Come'n'Try Session

Carclew professional teaching artists Kerrin Rowlands, Eliza Lovell and Luku Kukuku will lead teachers, principals and educators through the practicalities of introducing Carclew’s Artist in Schools programs into your schools. Learn more about Aboriginal Artists in Schools, as well as:

Creative Body-based Learning (CBL): workshops providing professional development for primary school teachers designed to integrate body-based and arts-based approaches to enhance student learning across the maths curriculum.
Australian Curriculum | General capabilities: Numeracy | Learning area links: Mathematics, The Arts.

Developing Effective Arts Learning (DEAL): Applying an artist’s analytical techniques and explorative approaches to the arts curriculum: DEAL provides teachers with fresh perspectives around problem solving and inquiry-based learning, leading to intrinsic benefits for students in the arts and across other areas of the curriculum.
Australian Curriculum | General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking | Learning Areas: The Arts – Drama, Dance and Media Arts..

5 – 7pm, Thursday 15 August
Carclew, 11 Jeffcott St, Kaurna Country, North Adelaide
Certificates of Professional Learning provided
Price: $30 each. Click here for bookings.

Program enquiries:
Georgie Davill, Senior Manager – Arts Programs


If you or your organisation is interested in supporting meaningful school learning environments for Aboriginal art, histories and culture, we welcome you to get in touch to discuss further.
Lucy Markey, Senior Manager, Marketing & Development
Email, Phone 08 8230 1118 / 0411 106 257


Contact Details

Georgie Davill, Senior Manager – Arts Programs
8267 5111