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Andrea Cleary

Arts Education & Movement

Name: Andrea Cleary
Department: Arts Education & Movement
Role: Academic Staff
Phone Number: 01 884 2127
Email Address: andrea.cleary@dcu.ie
Room: FG19
Campus: DCU St Patricks Campus

Biographical Details

Full-time lecturer in Art Education,since 2010 in the school of Arts and Movement, on St Patrick's Campus, Drumcondra, DCU. My teaching encompasses working with Batchelor of Education students, Post Graduate Masters of Education at foundation Art level, contribution to masters modules, continual professional development for primary teachers.

I have worked in the field of Art and Design Education since 2001.Part of my role as an educator is derived from my practice as an artist.My area of specialism is Fibre sculpture and working in response to particular contexts.I am currently developing Art course content based on the natural environment and the use of natural materials and the outdoors. Recent work involved Collaborative Art Based methodologies to engage with staff communities called Finding Common Ground.

I am committed to making meaningful contributions to education through development of Art Specialism programmes for Primary Education Students and through engagement with schools and communities. I am a member of the Steering Committee with CRAFTed programme with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI). I am an active member of GlasDrum an arts organisation committed to bringing high quality arts and cultural events to the local community of Drumcondra and Glasnevin.


Most recent projects include Finding Common Ground and shared research study(Arts based social engagement project), Macalla Echo 'Permission to Play' (Exhibition, and Art workshops with Primary, Secondary and Education Staff) supported by Teaching and Learning, St Patrick's College 2016.Other research interests include -Light and sound and materials: Investigation of potential for curriculum integration module  ( Macalla, April 2016) .The Collaborative nature of arts based methodologies and its effect on building communities ( Finding Common Ground 2016, current project). Environmental sculpture and outdoor learning- possibilities for integration (DCCOI partnership programme 2015-present). Digital drawing on touch screen devices and children’s development in art. ( 2013- present long term project).  Capturing and recording children’s art in the digital age. Development of a digital visual resource library of children’s art works. 

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