We realise this is an exceptional time and many of you will be struggling to suddenly take classes online or to help support students working from home. This will be on top of your own personal and professional hurdles in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.
Just a reminder that we have over 50 free films on the Open Arts Objects platform, many of which are directly related to A-level Art History. Some of these films are filmed inside museums that are currently closed and offer virtual handling sessions.
You might not also be aware that we have a list of our free open access courses on OpenLearn, which could be rather useful: from Renaissance Venice to Dutch painting to the Enlightenment to graffiti. Most of these are aimed at university level, but they are written in an accessible way: you might find an activity or two here that you could direct students to.
Over the last month, we’ve had the opportunity to come into classrooms and meet students. As part of our school visits we’ve had students make their own films on objects. We’re in the process of editing these films and we will be making the resources available so that students can make their own films from home. We think this might be a fun and engaging way students can keep occupied while they are stuck at home. More on that soon!
Finally, if there’s anything else we can do to make this time any easier for those of you who teach, for students at home, or for people who just need to keep occupied as they self-isolate, please do get in touch with suggestions!
Stay safe and well!
Leah Clark (Project Lead, Open Arts Objects)