Teaching practice

Teaching Visual Arts allows people to think about the world in new ways. Learning through the medium of Art gives children and young people the opportunity to develop motor skills through practical tasks, social skills through discussion and group work, literacy skills through critical analysis as well as the fundamental skills of risk-taking, learning from failure, inventiveness and creative thinking.

Philosophy of Teaching

When you begin learning about Art you embark on a quest to understand our own cultural identity and that of different cultures around the world. Art says visually what we cannot express in words, and is a visual form of intelligence. To develop this type of visual literacy has never been of more importance in 2020, where education has grown ever more digitally and visually reliant.


The study of Art, Craft and Design, as well as Visual Culture, build on young people's understanding of practical skills and develop their own viewpoints they will carry through life. Learning to draw from observation builds awareness of the man-made and natural world around us, and builds curiosity. Projects that bring students beyond the classroom to the local heritage site builds a greater awareness and respect for environmental issues. As a teacher of Art, I hope to support the growth of these important qualities by providing an art education that is layered with meaning grounded in global and local issues relevant to students lives.

Students in my Art room are encouraged in their areas of talent and supported in the direction of discovery when they falter. Independent learning is a key skill in a young persons' life, and this is supported through personal projects and research that is driven by the student. Students are given the knowledge and tools from first year to be openminded, analytical of the world around them, and embark on a process of development. This asks students to be active researchers and expressive individuals that tackle any number of inspirations relevant to them.


Active learning is a fundamental aspect of art education today. Encouraging students to look beyond their web searches and search their locality for inspiration is a part of my teaching methodology which I hope to continue. Many of the art projects I have undertaken with students are grounded in the real world, including building environmental awareness and giving students a window into global topics to consider new perspectives. This also means students need to be supported to create art in new ways, which is why I help students to consider a variety of media when approaching a project. This gives students a vital opportunity for growth and to build new skills and techniques.


To be an art student today means to be an activist, a researcher,  an inventor, and to be a creator who uses multiple disciplines, from painting and clay to web and graphic design.


My teaching goal to always find playfulness in the Art room.

Teaching placement information can be found below

The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds

- Jawaharlal Nehru


Researching Galleries to incorporate active learning in Leaving Certificate Art History course.

Intaglio Print project with first years inspired by a visit to local park grounds.

Peer Teaching with colleagues to share Artist Practise skills, 2019.


© 2020 Rachael Foley

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