Come along on my new journey!‘Where the Arts flourish, so does tolerance and enlightenment’ – Nelson Meers
My Current Story
My name is Fiona Steel and I just love to travel.
I have always loved it! The new scenery, people, food, music, art, language, customs.. the whole cultural experience! I love having my eyes opened to how others think and why they don’t always agree with or understand my point of view. I love walking in their shoes. There is nothing better than explaining Oz idioms to other cultures and having them explain theirs to me over some late night local beverages. It makes me aware of our differences.. and our similarities
You are very welcome to join me on my adventures…
This time, I’m heading to the other side of the planet where the weather is warmer and the cockles of my heart shall be ignited with a summer wedding in London before I head off to play castaway on a couple of Greek Islands and follow that up with discovering the ancient and aromatic delights of Turkey.
I’m hoping for a a total contrast to my most recent trip away on the Trans Mongolian/Siberian Railways when we traveled from Beijing to Ulaan Baatar in Mongolia, to Lake Baikal in Russia, across Siberia to Moscow and finished in the fabulous St Petersburg.
My name is Fiona Steel and I travel to NSW regional art galleries and teach K-6 teachers how to teach visual arts and creative thinking.
I believe we desperately need the next generations to get smarter and more adaptable to to be able to successfully deal with a rapidly changing world. The education plans of the past that relied on students all achieving the same answers doesn’t seem to be helpful anymore. Students must learn to think laterally, be encouraged to find many answers or solutions, think creatively and ‘have a go’ at trying new approaches for solving problems… and the only way I can see this being achieved is to change the focus and format of our current education system.
creative solutions are practical visual arts sessions that explore a range of media (VAES1.2) and use a variety of techniques (VAS2.4) to investigate subject matter (VAS3.1) assisting to realise what artists do and make (VAS1.3)
My Recent Past Story
My name is Fiona Steel and for the first time ever in my life, I took leave from my job and lived in Munich for three whole months on my own.
My work has been my life and my family have been my support but I changed that in August 2010 to see what would happen when I had to rely completely on myself in a strange land, with a language I didn’t speak and with customs of which I knew nothing… all on the other side of the planet!
What did I do? I watched my son’s band ‘Modern Error’ perform at the Taubertal Festival. Family and friends visited, Oktoberfest occurred and I spent days and nights wandering the galleries of central Europe. The time flew! I returned to Australia determined to travel regularly and often back to my beloved galleries that I’d found… and to discover new ones that I just know await my return.
Thank you to those that came along on my travels through my blogs!
My Past Story
My name is Fiona Steel and I had been a teacher with the NSW Department of Education & Training. I coordinated a unique Educational (DET), Social (Children’s Hospital at Westmead) and Cultural (Art Gallery of NSW) Visual Arts partnership program for K-10 school students named Operation Art.
I received a Premiers Creative Arts Teaching Scholarship which allowed me to travel to Canada (Halifax, Sydney, Montreal and Toronto) and the USA (New York and New Haven) to observe other partnership programs that offer stimulating and responsive learning experiences in galleries, hospitals and schools for students and teachers.
My Past Past Story
It was the late 70’s and we were all looking forward to a brave new world. I was counting down the days to 1984 when I started my teaching life in the western suburbs of Sydney…
Like many others, I was bursting with idealistic enthusiasm and confident in my abilities to apply De Bono’s concepts for teaching creative thinking to a new generation. I believed that if Orwell was going to be in any way correct then our youth needed to be taught to think for themselves, to always question and to be given the tools and thereby the confidence to adapt and solve upcoming problems.
But mostly, my aim was to inspire them to enjoy artistic creativity and to think creatively, to enjoy the processes and to be excited about new challenges that lay ahead….
I would like to thank my family for their love and support as I begin this new adventure . Our paths will cross in the beginning but once again it is Rob’s patience, Nick and Amy’s strength of faith, Prue’s genuineness and Max’s enthusiasm for life that I find immeasurable and truly inspiring. Thank You!