A taste of art

A Taste of Art


This fun, practical and inspiring session will have educators thinking differently about ‘art and craft’ and why art based programs matter in early years settings. You don’t need to be a qualified artist to facilitate art based learning and experiences for children, however, an increase in confidence and some knowledge of art is a great place to start. For many educators, their reluctance to engage deeply with the arts stems from a lack of confidence and the practical skills required to engage with art materials. But fear not, we have the course that you have been looking for to assist you in your learning journey. 

During this action-packed day, topics covered will include:

  • The role art plays in children’s learning and development
  • An introduction to nature art
  • Engaging with digital technology in a way that is creative and appropriate
  • Understanding basic colour theory and exploring it through paint

This workshop is open to educators who feel they lack confidence with creative ideas and art materials. Experienced educators will engage more deeply with visual arts practice. As the title suggests this session is a taster and it will balance a range of key art and education theory with lots of hands on activities.

There will be a little bit of mess and lots of laughs. Greater creative confidence and changed thinking about what can be done to enhance your curriculum is guaranteed!

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Examine what is art and craft and choose language that supports a professional dialogue and understanding
  • Explain the role art plays in children’s learning and development
  • Analyse their own creative self-image and how this impacts on the quality of children’s experiences
  • Appraise current practices and pedagogy
  • Implement Land Art and generate a deeper pedagogy and curriculum of sustainability
  • Demonstrate colour theory and the use of paint and other mediums to explore this area of rich learning for children
  • Use digital media in a creative and appropriate way with children



NSW: Completing this course – A Taste of Art will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: APTS 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Other States: Completing this course – A Taste of Art (6 hours) may be used as Teacher Identified Professional Development/Learning addressing: APTS 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.


  • APTS 6.3.2: Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice


This course aligns with:

  • QA 1: Educational Program and Practice
  • QA 3.3: The service takes an active role in caring for its environment and contributes to a sustainable future
  • QA 5.2.1: Each child is supported to work with, learn from and help others through collaborative learning opportunities


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