Sinead Creates New Digital Art Portal to Help Keep Art in the School Curriculum

Sinead McDermott has created a new digital art portal

After two years in development, Sinead McDermott unveiled its new digital resource to over 100 primary school principals at the Head Space Conference at Galgorm Resort, Co Antrim.

Sinead is an artist and qualified art and design teacher with over 23 years of teaching experience in primary and post-primary schools in Northern Ireland.

In 2020, she took a break from her career to develop her business ideas. The Art and Design Factory is Sinead’s online and in-person art school, allowing it to teach classes to a wider range of ages and abilities. During the lockdown, more than 500 participants from around the world attended one of his online courses.

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Sinead developed the digital portal to offer one-click courses. As a teacher, she knew that many colleagues had to teach art to children with very little training or experience as artists themselves.

She explained, “Many teachers don’t teach art in their classrooms because they lack confidence in their own creative ability and lack the flair and passion for art to confidently deliver. quality lessons.

“This resource will equip students and teachers with the creative skills and confidence that will ensure creative classroom output is celebrated and thrives. I have seen first hand how art empowers a child, harnesses growth and allows them to improve their mental well-being. It allows you to escape. I am extremely passionate about encouraging the arts to be accessible to everyone and delivering them in a way that caters to all learning abilities. The lessons are structured and consist of themes from the national curriculum.

The digital portal means Sinead can teach classes in multiple locations. This gives teachers the ability to keep art on their class schedule without any pressure on them as teachers to come up with ideas or learn to draw, paint or craft. The class watches Sinead on a screen and follows the instructions. The teacher can stop, pause, rewind, fast forward depending on the skills and ability level of the class. Sinead has recorded 40 lessons which are offered as part of the digital package.

In the introduction, Sinead shares his knowledge of the arts, with reference artists throughout art history alongside designers and other relevant facts and information. Each lesson is taught in a step-by-step format. Numeracy, literacy, EMU, PDMU and WAU are all subtly integrated into the lessons, with cross-curricular links for reinforced learning.

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