What is The Art Practice Archive?
The Art Practice Archive (TAPA) is a project to help visual art students learn about developing their own research based art practice. At the heart of this project is an archive of videos made by visual art students who have documented their making, and reflections on their process. It is hoped that these peer modelling videos will help other students understand the often elusive nature of contemporary art practice, and the complex process of 'becoming' an artist, with all its "tacit and nuanced behaviours, languages and cultures". Furthermore, the production of these videos can help students stay engaged, and critically reflect on their practice. These video resources can be used in many ways, and are particularly helpful in a blended classroom.
The TAPA project started as a post-graduate research project, with Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia. However, for it to be truly successful and sustainable it requires the collaboration of many teachers and students. The larger the archive of videos, the more opportunity students will have to find peers that inspire them. So, if you want to get involved, please use the contact form, and you will be invited to our professional learning community. Your collaboration will be appreciated by everyone that uses this resource.