Tate Britain Course

Constable: Creative and Critical Thinking

​Ben Smith, 2014

View historic artworks in a new light alongside artists and curators at this study day for teachers

Work with artist Michelle Williams Gamaker to explore contemporary and experimental approaches to working with historic art including John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 within the context of Tate Britain and in relation to your classroom practice.

  • Develop creative and critical thinking through experimentation with presentation, making and interpretation
  • Reflect on your own and other’s learning through a shared dialogue around art
  • Share ideas and activities to be developed back at school

When we wander around a gallery, sometimes what we find might feel inaccessible or irrelevant, especially when the work is produced a long time ago. Through the work of John Constable we will voyage in the gallery to find wonder in the collection and think about ways we can share that feeling and open up ways to make and talk about it with your students.

We will think about our material, conceptual and emotional relationships to the artworks by using a number of practical (hands on) activities within the gallery to help us interrogate the work and to better understand it. Using multisensory activities, we will listen, observe, map, draw, model and perform in the galleries, and by the end of the day we will become works in our own right, temporarily exhibited in the gallery.
Michelle Williams Gamaker

About Aspire

Aspire aims to encourage audiences of all ages to enjoy and learn more about the work of John Constable by touring Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 across the UK, supported by Art Fund, and by National Lottery players through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Tate Britain

London SW1P 4RG
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Date & Time

20 March 2019 at 10.30–17.00

Refreshments, lunch, materials and entry to exhibitions included

Booking required via phone. Please call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 and select option 3 to get through to the Schools Bookings team

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