Artist(s):


Creative Skills Manager Heather Armstrong spoke with Brian Hartley, a multi-disciplinary artist who has led Creative Skills sessions in visual art, photography and movement. They talk about using different art forms together and across the curriculum, modelling confidence and learning alongside children.

Here’s what you’ll find on this page:

  • The podcast episode
  • Short videos of the ideas shared in the episode
  • A transcript of the episode
  • A downloadable Reflective Practice Worksheet
  • Wee Inspirations idea cards that tie into the ideas shared in the episode

VIDEOS

TRANSCRIPT

Download a full transcript of the episode.

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE WORKSHEET

Each episode of the podcast has an accompanying Reflective Practice sheet to help you link creative ideas to policy and practice, by yourself or with your colleagues.

CREATIVE CHATS

For even more ideas, sign up for our live online Creative Chat with Amy – a chance for you to ask questions and connect with other ELC Professionals across Scotland!

WEE INSPIRATIONS

Wee Inspirations are are ideas you can send to the families you work with, or use in your setting. If you want to access all the Wee Inspiration idea cards, head to the main Wee Inspirations webpage.

AIR DRAWING

AIR DRAWING

This idea really helps you look at shapes in the world around you and turn them into movements and pictures. Use your finger in the air to trace a line around the furniture, or a tree, explaining as you go: “That’s the top, now down the side” etc.
BUNNY’S EYE VIEW

BUNNY’S EYE VIEW

When wee ones use cameras, we get to see their perspective of the world and they can show us details and views we might normally miss!
MANDALA PATTERNS

MANDALA PATTERNS

A mandala (“circle” in Sanskirt) is a circular pattern dating back as far as 400BC, used in religions including Buddhism and Hinduism. You can use natural materials, small objects or toys. Place one item in the centre, then radiate layers outwards to build concentric circles.
NO PEEKING!

NO PEEKING!

For wee ones (or adults!) who struggle with confidence when mark-making, drawing without looking at your paper can be a great way of getting rid of the idea of your creations having to “look” like something.

If you enjoyed this episode (or the accompanying videos, Wee Inspirations and Reflective Practice worksheet) let us know what you think by filling out the form below. Every month you have another chance to win £50 worth of arts materials for your setting, so please ensure you are filling out the current survey – the month will be at the top of the survey.

To be eligible you need to be a part of the ELC workforce in Scotland
and have accessed at least one part of Creative Skills Online.