TEA (Thinking Expression and Action)

TEA is about drawing to learn and learning to draw. TEA was a professional development programme for 74 art, craft and design teachers in secondary schools in the UK, which ran 2012-13. The aim was to give young people an enhanced experience of drawing and to create a valuable legacy to support secondary teachers of art, craft and design.

The result is the TEA website, an unrivalled resource for teachers with seven downloadable PDFs based on case studies by peers who participated in the TEA programme. These comprehensive new resources have been edited and presented by Eileen Adams, Director of the Campaign's Power Drawing programme for educators for 12 years.

The paper provides a rationale; the report shows how the TEA programme developed and how professional development was supported. Images and accounts of work in schools highlight ways in which drawing was used by teachers and students to support learning, and can be used as slideshows to prompt discussion.

Since embarking on TEA , the programme's importance has become even more evident. The future well-being of art, craft and design teaching within the curriculum can no longer be taken for granted. These subjects contribute hugely to the happiness and health of individual students - in the present and future - to schools at large and to our much vaunted creative industries.

TEA was organised by The Campaign for Drawing in collaboration with the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) and the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and made possible by a grant from the Helen Rachael Mackaness Trust.

If you would like to know more about the TEA programme, please contact admin@campaignfordrawing.org.