The Visual Arts and Design Educators Association of NSW Conference – 2023

It was my delight to present a keynote as well as a workshop at the 2023 Visual Arts and Design Educators Association (VADEA) of NSW Conference.

The VADEA seeks to promote the study of Visual Arts and Design education and to inspire and support Visual Art and Design teachers. During my keynote address titled “Creativity for All – Preparing for Student Success,” I emphasised the importance of creativity in achieving success based on research conducted by the World Economic Forum over the years. According to their findings, creativity has consistently ranked among the top 5 skills necessary to thrive in the future, since 2016.

I also ran a workshop titled – Art Technology Workshop and went through various tips and tricks with Photoshop as well as how to create a digital portfolio with Adobe Express.

Workshop resources

I would like to thank the VADEA Conference Committee for inviting me to their conference this year. It was a pleasure to spend time with some very creative educators.

Adobe Day at Gleneagles Secondary College – Victoria

On Wednedsay10th May, I had the pleasure of visiting Gleneagles Secondary College in outer eastern Melbourne for an Adobe Day.

Adobe Days are an interactive digital creativity program aimed to inspire engaging learning experiences that develop digital literacy skills, creative problem-solving, life-long learning and build confidence to innovate and connect the curriculum with career and community

I worked with a Year 7 Humanities class and a Year 8 English class with a focusing on creative presentations with Adobe Character Animator & Premiere Rush. I also worked with a number of VCE Media classes throughout the day helping them to develop their skills with Adobe Premiere Pro.

After school, I had the pleasure of working with about 25 teachers form a range of curriculum areas with a focus on enhancing digital literacy and creativity in the teaching & learning process.

I would like to thank Assistant Principal Robert Young, Head of Technology Geoff Forster as well as Humanities teacher Natalie Napolitano and English Teacher Lewin Cool for helping to make the day a success and contributing to the folloiwng video.