Curriculum Enrichment Days

Curriculum-Enrichment Event. MAC Birmingham

The Institute of Arts and Humanities Curriculum Enrichment Days

Come along to our Master-Classes, Taster Sessions and Workshops in the Arts and Humanities at the Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham 6th July 2018. Scroll down for our subject areas and topics. 

 

 

The sessions are intended for  students studying at post 16 education level. We will welcome students who wish to attend indepentendly, or with their school, college or academy. 

 To reserve a place for you and your students: please confirm by email to Kath Williams (ktw@aber.ac.uk) with a note of:

  1. The session/s you’d like to attend from the list below
  2. Your contact telephone number
  3. If you’re a teacher attending with a school group: indicate which sessions the group would like to attend; student names attending and year. It would also be helpful to know any other subjects that might be of interest to that group.

Travel costs will be reimbursed either to schools or to students on presentation of receipt/invoice

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day


NB: This programme may change, either in terms of the content or timing, in response to take-up for the various sessions

 

Subject Area and University Department

TIME:
School of Art
School of Education
Department of English and Creative Writing
Department of Modern Languages
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
 
Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies

                      09:50- 10:50

Phil Garratt:

Art & Art History Drop-in sessions

Dr Andrew James Davies:

Research Skills: What are they and how can we develop them?

Professor Richard Marggraf Turley:

Shakespeare’s King Lear

 

Dr Guy Baron 

 

Studying Languages at University: Head of Modern Languages at Aberystwyth University will be available to speak to prospective applicants and offer advice about Languages at Aber.

 

 

We will not be running a formal session, but for information about our Welsh and Celtic Studies provision, please see  https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/cymraeg/amdanom-ni/

 

Break

10:50-11:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:20- 12:20

Phil Garratt:

Art & Art History Drop- in sessions

 

Dr Jacqueline Yallop:

Dropping boulders in the stream: What makes a good plot?’

 

Dr Piotr Woycicki:

Directing with Viewpoints (1-hour Practical Workshop)

 

Lunch

12:20- 13:00

     
 
   

13:00-14:00

 

Mr Prysor Mason Davies:

‘Learning or Labouring?’: Children’s Rights to Education and Child Labour

Lucy Thompson and Alice Vernon:

Writing your Personal Statement (Workshop)

 

Dr Kate Woodward:

What does Donald Trump and Instagram tell us about how we communicate?

 

Break

14:00-14:10

           
14:10- 15:10     

Lucy Thompson and Alice Vernon:

Writing your Personal Statement (Workshop)

 

Dr Andrew Filmer:

‘But what does it mean?’: Meaning-making in theatre and performance (1-hour Talk)  

 
End 15:10            

 

 

Art Sessions

Why do we need art in our lives? Exploring our relationships with museum objects.

This hands-on workshop with artworks from the School of Art Museum aims to explore our relationships with art by examining our personal likes and dislikes and thinking about how art forms part of the way we live our lives through our varied cultures and histories. This workshop will be of interest to students studying Art and Design, History, Sociology or any subject with an element of critical thinking.

Duration: 1 hour

Tutor: Phil Garratt

 

A Brief Introduction to Printmaking

 

This presentation will explain the different ways that artists have made prints including woodcut, etching, lithography and screenprint. Students will have the opportunity to view a selection of original prints from the 16th century to the present day along with a few examples of woodblocks and etching plates. This session aims to widen the knowledge of printmaking of A level Art students but may also be of interest to History students.

 

Duration: 1 hour

Tutor: Phil Garratt

Celtic Studies & Irish Sessions

An Introduction to Irish and Celtic Studies

Our Celtic Studies programme offers you the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the culture, literature, history and languages of Britain, Ireland, Europe and beyond from the earliest period to the present day. This session offers an introduction to Celtic Studies and Irish

Duration: 1 hour

Leader: Dr Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh

Education Sessions

Research Skills: What are they and how can we develop them?

All of us conduct research - whether we are doing research for an essay or research project at school or college, or even buying something new and comparing our options.

Research is about finding and collecting reliable and meaningful information, interpreting it, and drawing conclusions from it. This session will focus on the types of skills that we need in order to research effectively in our daily work at school or college – we’ll look at how we start a research process and establish what we’re looking for. How can we find reliable information?  What do we do when we find it? And how can researching an issue help us to understand the world around us? This session will be of interest to anybody involved in researching for essays, projects or other assignments, who would like to develop their research and study skills.

Duration: 1 hour

Leader: Dr Andrew James Davies

 

‘Learning or Labouring?’: Children’s Rights to Education and Child Labour

This interactive workshop seeks to investigate the difficulties of applying the United Nations Convention on Children’s Rights to education to complex and multi-dimensional scenarios.  It will offer an insight into criticality and problem-solving. The session will also provide an overview of provision within the School of Education and how it relates to employment and personal development.

Duration: 1 hour

Leader: Mr Prysor Mason Davies

English & Creative Writing Sessions

Contextualising King Lear – The Politics of Food

 

Today, we’re used to thinking about King Lear as a timeless tragedy of the human mind, as a psychological drama played out on bare boards. In this contextualising session, Professor Richard Marggraf Turley reveals how the play was more likely to have been understood by audiences of its own day – as an engagement with precarious food supply, failed harvests and rising prices. By the end of this talk, King Lear will appear in a newly relevant light in our own age of austerity and food banks.

Leader: Professor Richard Maggraf Turley

Duration: 1 hour

 

Dropping boulders in the stream: What makes a good plot?’

What is a plot? And what is a good plot? This session will look at techniques for keeping your reader hooked, and making your story work. With group discussion and a variety of writing exercises, we will take a look at everything from cliffhangers to red herrings. No creative writing experience needed – just come ready to share your ideas.

Duration: 1 hour

Leader: Jacqueline Yallop

Modern Languages Sessions

Aberystwyth University offers Modern Languages degree options in German, French and Spanish as well as in Modern Languages, incorporating Italian and Brazilian Portuguese.  Colleagues from Aberystwyth will be running an interactive language session aimed at students who wish to pursue languages either as a single- or joint-honours programme at University.  The sessions will be for students interested in French, German and Spanish.

Duration: 1 hour

Leaders: Mr Kader Izri, Dr Alex Mangold, Dr Jennifer Wood

Theatre, Film and Television Studies Sessions

How do Documentaries tell the Truth?

 

We are all interested in the truth about the world, but what is 'truth' exactly, and how can we recognise it when we see it? This workshop looks at the pitfalls of 'claiming the real' on screen, as we explore the way in which documentaries can tell the truth, and how they often end up distorting it. How would you frame and depict a complex reality in order to tell it most truthfully?

Duration: 1 hour

Leader: Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones

 

Directing with Viewpoints (1-hour Practical Workshop)

This hands-on workshop offers an introduction to The Viewpoints, a technique for stage directing developed by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. The Viewpoints offers ways of thinking about acting, movement, collaboration and composition that can enrich your ability to create richly expressive text-based and devised performances.

Duration: 1 hour

Leader: Dr Piotr Woycicki

 

What does Donald Trump and Instagram tell us about how we communicate?

This session will explore verbal and non-verbal modes of communication, and will put some theories into practice using examples ranging form Donald Trump to Instagram.

Duration: 1 hour

Leader: Dr Kate Woodward

‘But what does it mean?’: Meaning-making in theatre and performance

How do we make sense of theatre? How do we make meaning in the theatre? This talk discusses how spectators make meaning of their experiences of live theatre and performance. Using examples from the work of Artaud, Stanislavski and Brecht this talk aims to help you write more insightful responses to your own experiences of viewing live performance and help you reflect on your own making of text-based and devised performances.

Duration: 1 hour

Leader: Dr Andrew Filmer

 

Dropping boulders in the stream: What makes a good plot?

What is a plot? And what is a good plot? This session will look at techniques for keeping your reader hooked, and making your story work. With group discussion and a variety of writing exercises, we will take a look at everything from cliff-hangers to red herrings. No creative writing experience needed – just come ready to share your ideas.

Duration: 1 hour

Leader: Dr Jaqueline Yallop

Writing your Personal Statement

Duration: 1 hour

Meet Lucy Thompson and Alice Vernon for advice on how to write an exciting and impressive personal statement. This session will involve an interactive presentation and a Q&A session on the university application process, as well as a few tips on preparing for student life. Bring along any personal statement ideas or drafts you have, but don't worry if you're starting from scratch! Lucy and Alice are here to help.

Leaders: Lucy Thompson and Alice Vernon