The Art of Presentation: teaching with images

26 05 2011

The Art of Presentation: teaching with images was held at HEFCE, Centre Point, London on Tuesday 10th May. This workshop, aimed primarily at teaching staff, investigated digital presentation tools within arts education. Attendees were drawn from the Kensington and Chelsea College of Further Education, Middlesex University, Northbrook College Sussex, Southampton Solent University, University for the Creative Arts (four Colleges were represented), University of Brighton, University of the Arts London, and the University of Warwick.

In addition to two hands-on workshops (one involving laptops and the other involving knitting yarn and Blu-TackĀ®) presentations were given using Prezi, PowerPoint, using a handling collection, and by flip chart.

The plenary session was chaired by Hilaire Graham, Dean of Learning and
Teaching, University for the Creative Arts; key points raised were:

  • As well as teaching/presenting with surrogate images it is important to look at the real thing through student field trips to museums and galleries and so on. The tactile elements of handling images can also be useful.
  • It is important that as teachers/presenters we own the content we are presenting/teaching about.
  • Images have an important role to play in encouraging students to engage with their subject, to encourage a dialogue or discussion, and to foster visual literacy and the skills of doing, practising, and making.
  • We need to apply our criticality in choosing the appropriate presentation tool for the situation.
  • The importance of not relying on technology i.e. having multiple back-ups, on a memory stick, a disc, even acetate depending on the venue! Otherwise using a flip chart and ultimately relying on yourself.
  • Some of the items that participants were going to follow-up on were:
    • Exploring Prezi
    • Exploring dipity to use for giving advice during student inductions
    • Checking out TED
    • Checking out VUE and the Khan Academy
    • Looking at the art historical technique of ‘compare and contrast’
    • Finding out how to build a wiki
  • As a group we discussed some of the benefits and drawbacks of different presentation tools, Hilaire suggested writing a brief, like a wishlist for our ideal presentation tool for teaching with images. Marie-Therese welcomed feedback on this.

This event was made possible through a University for the Creative Arts Learning and Teaching Research Fund grant; more details of the research is available here:
Download programme for ‘The Art of Presentation’ workshop.

Last few places for free workshop: The Art of Presentation

28 04 2011

Event Title: The Art of Presentation: teaching with images
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:15
Venue: HEFCE, 12th Floor, Centre Point, 103 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DD
Event Outline:
Primarily aimed at teaching staff, ‘The Art of Presentation’ is a workshop investigating digital presentation tools within arts education. Download programme for ‘The Art of Presentation’ workshop.

The event includes the following presentations and workshops:

  • on interactive pedagogy by Jules Findley, Course Leader Fashion Promotion and Imaging, University for the Creative Arts
  • on experiential learning by Hilaire Graham, Dean of Learning and Teaching, and Tony Reeves, Learning Technologist, University for the Creative Arts
  • on teaching with images by Pauline Ridley, LearnHigher Visual Practices Coordinator, Centre for Learning & Teaching, University of Brighton
  • on new presentation tools by Marie-Therese Gramstadt, Visual Arts Data Service

This event is made possible through a University for the Creative Arts Learning and Teaching Research Fund grant; more details of the research is available here:

This event is free to attend; refreshments and lunch are also provided. Booking is essential due to the small number of places available and the security arrangements at the venue. Places can be reserved by emailing your full name with details of any dietary or special requirements, by Thursday 5th May, to

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their current use of presentation technology both in the area of experiential learning and through an investigation into new presentation tools. Participants will share, and hear, examples of best practice regarding innovative use of presentation technology. They will also receive a resource-book on the presentation tools discussed during the event.

CHArt 2010 conference – VADS images

11 11 2010

To accompany my presentation Changing light: a plethora of digital tools as slides gasp their last? at the Computers and the History of Art (CHArt) 2010 conference, I have selected a few VADS images.

To view the lightbox of VADS images please click on the hyperlink below (or copy and paste it into the address/location field of your browser):

Documentation of 3D cultural heritage artefacts

16 07 2010

On Friday 9th July, the JISC-funded Look-Here! project partners met at the University of Brighton to attend a workshop on digitisation. Dr. Karina Rodriguez-Echavarria gave a presentation about 3D documentation for cultural heritage artefacts, as part of an introduction to 3D capture and 3D-COFORM, the current project that she is working on.

Teaching with images – a holistic approach

31 03 2010

The current research project is short and sweet hence the need to narrow the focus to image presentation software. However at the same time in the back of my mind I am aware of the need to take a holistic approach looking at everything required in order to effectively support teaching with images.
Some issues and thoughts:

  • Copyright is the biggest issue for education in the UK, next to copyright, issues about image presentation software pale into insignificance.
  • My final report will emphasize the good work already done by the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), for example, the Digital Picture, and Picshare UK, other endeavors, and our current project Look-here!
  • In addition to the project’s literature review looking at existing work in this area, there are also a number of organisations who have long term relationships with VADS, two of the most relevant to this project are: the Association of Curators of Art and Design Images (ACADI), and the Art Libraries Society/UK & Ireland Visual Resources Committee
  • Further to the Enhancing VADS project, I will also seek to explore how the VADS light box could be further developed in order to deliver presentations.
  • It doesn’t matter how good the software is if you don’t have the correct hardware in place and working properly.
  • It doesn’t matter how good the software is if the IT training is not appropriate for the visual arts and/or the software’s full potential is not realised.
  • Ultimately none of the software, hardware, IT skills, copyright issues etc are as important as the teacher/lecturer.

Still-, moving-, and 3D-images

3 03 2010

Today at the University for the Creative Arts research seminar I was asked if I was going to include moving images. I was also asked, via email, whether I was considering 3D images.

At VADS over the years we have had many discussions about representing real world objects as digital images, and whilst you can have detail views, it is not quite the same as being able to rotate and view an object. I have been reminded of the work done by the 3D Visualisation in the Arts Network, and the excellent Computers in the History of Art conferences.

In answer to the questions, my focus is primarily still images, but I would hope to extend this research to moving and 3D images as part of a future research proposal. I am sure I will also find cross-overs with these areas which will be noted in the final report.

Happy Birthday JISC Digital Media

9 02 2010

JISC Digital Media celebrate their first birthday today! Although they were formerly in existence as TASI (Technical Advisory Service for Images), and have long had a relationship with the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).

JISC Digital Media’s online resources are excellent, and I am going to visit this area of their website:

I am quite interested in the JISC Digital Media comments on choosing a background for images in your presentations.

Beginning of research outputs

2 02 2010

I have been awarded a 2009-10 Learning & Teaching Research grant, by the University for the Creative Arts, to research image presentation software/tools that fit existing pedagogic practice.

This fits in well with my current work at the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), a research centre at the University.

Initially I was going to tweet about this, particularly since 2009 seemed to be all about twitter and micro-blogs, but I think wordpress may be more suitable for my research outputs.