Richard Roberts (B. Arts (Fine Arts VCA), Dip Ed Sec (ACU), is a fine artist, designer and visual arts educator. He has been Head of Visual and Performing Arts at three schools, St Paul’s Anglican Grammar, Catholic Ladies’ College and currently in St Aloysius College. He lives in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia.
Professional development/ responsibilities
Richard has worked for VCAA as Reviewer for Studio Arts, Assessor for Visual Communication Design, Presenter revised study Studio Arts, co-author Visual Communication Design Advice for Teachers and revisions author Visual Communication Design Technical Drawing Specifications.
He also held the position of Intercultural Perspectives Co-ordinator Loyola College where he managed the international program and implemented Intercultural Understanding in the school curriculum.
Richard is currently Council Member of Visual Communication Victoria (association for teachers of Visual Communication Design) and has presented several times at their annual conference. His 2017 presentation was on 3d printing in STEM and Visual Communication Design. He is also co-developer of the VCV VCD practice examination.
He is continually engaged in developing better ways for students to learn. He is a strong believer in explicit learning intentions and negotiating success criteria with his students every step of the way. The website www.helveticamediuma.com is a project hub for ideas in visual arts education. Richard is the author and developer of the site. He welcomes feedback and loves it when teachers contact him to say when and with whom they are using the material.
He has taught a wide range of subjects including;
- VCE Art, Studio Arts,
- VCE Media,
- VCE Visual Communication Design,
- VCE VET Interactive Digital Media,
In his roles, both as Head of Arts and Intercultural Perspectives Coordinator, Richard oversees the development of real learning on secondary school international tours. He is well aware of the responsibility of proposing and leading staff and students on tour, and the potential for real learning to be cast aside with the pace of early rises, countless hotel stays, sites and monuments all within tight budget restrictions. Richard developed comprehensive international tour guidelines that focus on student learning through planning, presenting, documenting and reflecting both before and during their tour. These can be adapted to suit your project. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to view this material. Richard’s experience as leader on overseas tours includes;
- Italian culinary hospitality,
- Europe art,
- Europe art and history,
- (Management) USA Business, hospitality and Space Camp.