About the Teacher as Art-maker Project (TAP)

The Teacher as Artmaker Project (TAP) is a significant research initiative conducted initially at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE). Visual Art teachers are somewhat unique amongst the teaching fraternity in that they not only teach, but they must also practice what they preach. Many wish to maintain a private art practice in partnership with quality teaching; in fact, a lot of art teachers believe that their own art making is critical to ‘quality teaching’. However, we all know that this is not an easy task.

TAP is an international first for Visual Art Education, providing for the first time, longitudinal data on teacher’s participation in art production, perceptions of quality of teaching, and expectations of retention in the profession. This information will inform better teacher training and professional development for future generations of art educators. TAP participants come from successive cohorts of MGSE’s Master of Teaching (Secondary Art) program. All participants complete an annual survey once they graduate, regardless of their career pathway. A number of volunteers from that group also agree to participate in an annual art exhibition that provides participants with the goals, motivation, and support group to maintain an active art practice during the early years of their teaching career. We welcome you to discover TAP’s exhibitions, artist-teachers and research results.

Who we are

Associate Professor Wesley Imms

Associate Professor Wesley Imms

TAP Chief Investigator

  A/Prof Wesley Imms

A/Prof. Wesley Imms Wesley Imms is Senior Lecturer and Head of Visual Art Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia. While primarily a curriculum theorist, his multi-disciplinary research conflates issues concerning gender, teacher education, the utilization of new generation learning spaces, trans-disciplinary pedagogy, architecture, applied design, and teacher/artist issues.

Gina Grant

Gina Grant

TAP Curator

  Gina Grant

I inhabit those spaces between art making and art teaching. This is handy for someone whose doctorate is focused on how art teachers negotiate space and time in their teaching. My art making is generally based on learning how to manipulate techniques and tools in a variety of areas, so that I can encourage my students to challenge themselves. In turn, this technical approach feeds into my creative urges and back again, in a form of Mobius strip, making my work not easily categorised as belonging to any one mode.

Sarah Healy

Sarah Healy

TAP Researcher

  Sarah Healy

Sarah Healy is a current recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award and is undertaking PhD research investigating the affective domain of broadly conceived learning environments at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne. Sarah has a background in visual arts, the creative industries and education. She maintains an artistic practice and is a trained secondary school teacher. Her research interests include art education, affect, more-than-human research methodologies and learning environments.

Kate Coleman

Kate Coleman

TAP Organiser

   Kate Coleman

I am a collector, a curator and a placemaker. I take these aspects into my a/r/tographer self and use these traits to consider how we use site to create place as artist teachers. My current praxis explores the intertwined and woven aspects of a career in the visual arts as artist, researcher and teacher. My a/r/t work seeks to create new conversations with the seminal thinkers of art education, creativity and ePortfolios to create new discourse for contemporary art education. As an artist/research/teacher much of my work is self exploration and is based upon making art as a researcher-teacher, researching as an artist-teacher and teaching as an artist- researcher.

Art education is my living inquiry. I am Art Education Vice-President, on the AAEEBL Board of Directors and Creativity Series Editor for Common Ground Publishing.

Julia Morris

Julia Morris

TAP Organiser

  Julia Morris

Julia Morris is the Visual Arts Education (Secondary) Course Coordinator at Edith Cowan University, Perth. She is a mixed methodologist, who works in the areas of student engagement and teacher self-efficacy. Her primary interest is in supporting students’ literacy within visual arts education, and enhancing students’ interest in all things art history and responding related

Purnima Ruanglertbutr

Purnima Ruanglertbutr

TAP Exhibition Curator and Co-Research Assistant

Purnima Ruanglertbutrs

Purnima Ruanglertbutr is both Research Assistant and Co-researcher in a range of projects within Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Department of Artistic and Creative Education, where she also frequently lectures. She teaches at the National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter Museum of Art, and is coordinator of the 2013 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand conference. Purnima is an independent curator, arts administrator, educator, artist and Editorial Assistant of the Journal of Artistic and Creative Education. Her research interests include arts and museum education – the relationship between visual art and literacy; role of art museums in the 21st century; museum education pedagogy; youth empowerment; teacher-artist issues; accessible arts education; interdisciplinary-based learning, contemporary curatorial models, and contemporary art and critical theory. Purnima Ruanglertbutrsfacebook.com/PurnimaCreations