A Teaching Artist is an artist at the forefront of their field, whose deep knowledge of their discipline and an innate understanding of people and creativity allow them to facilitate extraordinary development and learning in their participants.
Like the fabled alchemist, Teaching Artists facilitate change and enable transformation. They enable participants to create meaningful work through the exploration of difficult and sometimes emotional issues in a safe, nurturing environment.
Teaching Artists create the conditions under which tremendous growth, development and connection can take place. Incredible transformation can take place over the duration of course, in understanding, in emotional maturity or in ability.
Their gentle, expert guidance encourages participants along a journey of exploration and investigation. Simple, fun and intriguing exercises generate ideas, which are developed into pieces of work, refined, revealed and reflected upon in a supportive, nurturing atmosphere.
Working with a great teaching artist gives the experience of being an artist, making the multitude of invisible decisions made by artists.
They will discover the creation of art is, like life; not made up of giant leaps but comprising series after series of small but significant steps.
You will understand the shared experience of the process builds wellbeing, fosters a sense of belonging, creates camaraderie and common understanding.
You will discover the abilities your employees develop and hone through the programme directly benefits their performance, their teamwork, and their development as people and as employees.
Learning through poetry enables more effective learning and collation of new knowledge, and it facilitates more efficient and effective use of learned knowledge and experience.
Neurons created through poetry are larger than normal, like those created by music. -it’s why poem and music live with us in ways nothing else does. Rhythm, rhyme, alliteration and other linguistic devices, combine to create long-lasting brain systems which hold memories and knowledge.
The emotional significance of poetry, the way in which it can elicit hidden, niggling anxieties and unvoiced emotions combines with the creative connections made through multi-layered meaning, makes connections in the mind. It makes a smarter, more-interconnected and resilient mind, and smarter, more interconnected and resilient teams.
Working through poetry means benefits are profound, significantly improve performance and permanent. Just like you still remember nursery rhymes from your childhood, the benefits which result from exploration, expression and reflection through poetry last a lifetime.
One lesson reinforced over the past two years has been the necessity of good leadership. Without it, struggling staff will continue to struggle, sense of belonging will falter and staff retention will suffer and absences rise.
West Point tutors their cadets in poetry to instil the principles of ethical, insightful, far-sighted decision-making. To help them respond to changing, chaotic events in a practical, moral and far-sighted manner.
Do you have a Trust Gap? Do your clients and customers have the same perspective on your actions as your board and executives.
Developing strategy and leadership through poetry can help you address the trust gap, by developing new and different insights in your decision-makers. Working through poetry opens up new avenues of investigation and analysis which can shift perspectives and give new nuance to situations.
The improvements in understanding which poetry bring give valuable new perspectives on difficult issues, improve communication, empathy and analytical skills.
They strengthen the ability to proceed in the face of uncertainty and to adapt to foreign and unforeseen circumstances. Poetry makes better leaders – better leadership and better performance.