A course designed for adults and children Family Learning contains five themed modules, each with nine chapters overflowing with ideas for research, stories, craft, cooking, videos from around the world and, of course, art history, all giving you many hours of inspired activities. Led by expert-educator Jacqui Ansell, the course focuses on building skills and knowledge through research and play. It is centred around intergenerational learning, with adults and children learning together, and from one another.
The course will encourage you to explore curriculum subjects such as biology, creative writing, drama, design, English literature, French, geography, history, computing and more. Designed for those working with children (either in a professional or personal capacity) the activities and ideas will also appeal to adults wishing to hone analytical and artistic skills. You don’t even have to be artistic to enjoy taking part, because the course contains activities that are tailored to many diverse ways of learning such as:
- At home with children in search of ideas for entertainment and education.
- Away from younger relatives and wanting ways to connect with them remotely.
- For adults looking to develop your own art either therapeutically or for business use.
- For teachers, storytellers or museum educators looking to use this course as professional development and inspiration for future ideas and practice.
Taking as a starting point Henri Rousseau’s famous painting Surprised! Tiger in a Tropical Storm, the course models an approach to apply to other artworks. It pursues innumerable paths of enquiry, focusing on knowledge and skills building. Learning together, and from one another, means that this course breaks through boundaries between subjects: a food-making activity includes craft, art, nutrition, numeracy and literacy; a close look at subject matter brings you to mathematics and genetics. Learning at home enables you to carve out your own timetable and curriculum and encourages you to be creative and adaptable: key skills in the current climate.
This course gives you the flexibility to engage with it whenever you like, in a way that suits your time and resources best. There is no requirement for prior knowledge.
This course is self-directed. Students will have 12 Months from registration to complete the course.
This course contains video but is not video-led.
Image: Henry Rousseau, Surprised! Tiger in a Tropical Storm, This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighbouring rights.
As a writer and tutor for distance-learning courses for over twenty years now, it is very gratifying to see how a mutual love of learning can bring people together.
As well as specialising in tutoring adults (to post-graduate level) I have a keen interest in intergenerational learning, and through my work as a gallery educator (at the National Gallery, London, and at other major London art galleries) I have devised innumerable learning programmes. I have therefore seen at first-hand how discussing art can get people of all ages and interests connecting more deeply with one another through sharing skills, achievements and ideas. With this in mind, I have developed, alongside the whole Christie's Education Online Courses team, this brand new course (and concept). It is designed to allow adults and children to learn together.
It takes as its starting point a single painting by Henri Rousseau Surprised! Tiger in a Tropical Storm. From this source originates many varied streams of enquiry and cross-curricular activities that take in Art History, Biology, Craft, Design, English literature, English language, French, Geography, History – even Mathematics. You could say that we cover an 'A-Z' of subject matter (from 'Art to Zoology').
Life skills such as cooking are developed with ideas for Tasty Treats and Nutritious and Delicious meals. We provide 10 unique and downloadable recipe cards to keep, and multiple art and craft makes with illustrated step-by-step instructions. We even include games to play to build vocabulary and enhance mental agility.
Family Learning was created by a team working closely together yet far apart. It contains all my passion for art history, and an explosion of inspiring ideas born of a single painting. I hope that you enjoy it.
Writer of Family Learning, 101 Surprising Ideas Inspired by Art
Senior Lecturer and Online Tutor
- Create quality time and connections with your family. Activities are included for all ages, whether present or remote.
- Create some quality time for yourself to unlock your creativity and enjoy art as a therapy.
- Create time to work while children occupy themselves with high quality learning.
- Build resourcefulness for life, with the additional resources and ideas provided within the course.
- Art history lessons
- Cross-curricular lessons
- 10 delicious and nutritious food ideas with PDF recipes to download and keep
- Craft ideas to turn trash into treasure
- Storytelling and drama
- Research projects
- Physical activities;
- Memory and word games
Welcome and Orientation
Section One: Discovering the Painting – Surprised!
Section Two: Discovering the Artist – Henri Rousseau
Section Three: Rumble in the Jungle – Nature, ecology and storytelling
Section Four: Fearful Symmetry – Literature and mathematics
Section Five: Exploring Emotions – Understanding emotion through art and anatomy
Conclusion: Quiz, Achievements and Applying your Approach
Sections each contain nine modules:
- Opening Ideas. Facts and learning on the section’s theme
- Paths to Explore. Guided research challenges
- Delicious and Nutritious. Healthy themed cooking
- Tasty Treat: Sweet themed cooking
- Ones to Watch: videos
- Sharing Story: Films and animations from around the world
- Creative Craft: Activities to design and make
The course provides tens of hours of activities, lessons and research projects. This self-directed course will be open for 12 months after enrollment. You will be enrolled within one working day after registration.
This course contains craft and cooking activities that involve sharp objects and heat. Children should always be closely supervised by an adult when taking part in these activities.
This course includes links to external websites and videos. These links have been selected because they are relevant to the content of the course. External links are selected and reviewed when the course is published, but Christie’s Education is not responsible for the content of external websites. Links should not be understood as an endorsement.
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