York Art Gallery

YARN – Yorkshire Art and Design Teachers Network

The Yorkshire Art and Design Teachers Network meet each half term at York Art Gallery. Teachers are welcome from all phases and meetings are an opportunity to share good practice, discuss joint and local initiatives and update on issues affecting art and art education. Bring your ideas, skills and colleagues for a professional and social networking opportunity.

For further information contact Maria Keki – maria_keki@yahoo.co.uk / 07504854684
Meetings are held in the Studio learning room at York Art Gallery from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival. Please RSVP to gaby.lees@ymt.org.uk and maria_keki@yahoo.co.uk.

Each meeting provides:

  • an opportunity to consider important arts issues
  • support for arts & craft teaching
  • engagement with York’s gallery and museum collections.

Some meetings will include a practical workshop element where teachers can develop new practical skills. Last year YARN meetings included workshops with painter Tom Woods and ceramic artist Beccy Ridsdel.


22 September 2016

The first meeting of the academic year is timed to coincide with the opening of the gallery’s latest exhibition: Flesh. After the meeting attendees are invited to join the private view. The exhibition will be formally opened by Godfrey Worsdale, Director of the Henry Moore Foundation. Exhibition Private View: 6:30 to 8:00pm. For more information on the exhibition, please click here.


10 November 2016

A practical session on 3D solutions for the Primary Classroom and 3D ideas with photography led by Maria Keki.


12 January 2017

Where do our pupils come from? The meeting will consider how individual values, culture, beliefs and circumstances can be respected and understood through our work in the classroom at all phases.

The meeting will consider how we use historical and contemporary references in our teaching, how we represent the multi-cultural nature of British society and the ways in which we can address complex ideas through the study of Art, Craft and Design.


9 March 2017

The learning environment, how can the design of our classrooms aid student learning, specifically how can images and artefacts inform learning across the curriculum?


4 May 2017

Student representatives, what do our pupils think about the work they make and the artists, craftspeople and designers they study, how can we develop our students’ ability to talk about art, craft and design.

To include an introduction to resources produced by poet Antony Dunn for use with Secondary Art students in a recent project with York Art Gallery and Joseph Rowntree School Art Department.

It is hoped that colleagues can bring students to this meeting to share their ideas and meet peers from other schools.


15 June 2017

A meeting focusing on the Primary curriculum, exploring how art can support cross-curricular approaches to planning and delivery.