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Eileen Adams

The significance of art, craft and design within the curriculum is about learning how the world and its objects can be shown, represented and shaped. It is not about making images, artifacts and designs that accord with adult expectations and preconceptions. It is about giving young people a voice.

Eileen is a freelance consultant with broad experience as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, consultant, examiner and writer. Her training at Trent Park College of Education with a first degree in art and education from London University and her MA in design education at the RCA reflected a broad interest in visual education. She has taught at all levels, and served as an external examiner in higher education and as Deputy Chief Examiner in Art/Design for the International Baccalaureate.

She has supported the work of educators in a variety of settings, in schools, museums and galleries, as well as in centres for urban studies and architecture. Her research interests have included themes such as inter-professional collaboration in education, young people’s participation in environmental change, the school as a learning environment and public art.

Her most recent work with The Campaign for Drawing has focused on drawing as a medium for learning. As an advocate for experiential learning and action research she shares her work through publications, conferences and courses both in the UK and internationally, in countries such as Australia, Austria, Brazil, Japan, Sweden and the United States. Publications include: Art and the Built Environment, Learning through Landscapes, Changing Places, Public Art: projects, people, process, Shaping Places and the Power Drawing series for The Campaign for Drawing.


The Big Draw
Making the most of sketchbooks
Podcast on drawing
Audio interview

Papers, books and resources

Art and the Built Environment 16-19 (Design and Technology 1979)
Environmental Design Education in Schools (Elisava 1991)"
School’s Out! New Initiatives in School Grounds (Children’s Environments 1993)
Getting out there … (CABE 2006)
My Square Mile (Design Commission for Wales 2007)
Alvar AAlto through the eyes of Shiguru Ban (Barbican Education 2007)
TEA: drawing as perception, expression and action (The Campaign for Drawing 2013)
Art, Craft and Design: Audit Tool (Art, Craft and Design Expert Group 2014)
Education, environment, Art: a new year, new opportunities (IXIA 2013)
Drawing attention to drawing (IXIA 2014)

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