Dr Lorraine Marshalsey SFHEA. Program Director. Senior Lecturer. Studio Researcher. Ceramic Artist.
I am the Honours Program Director (Design, Design Futures, Fine Art, Photography, Digital Media and Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art) at Queensland College of Art (QCA), Griffith University in Australia. I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Ceramic Artist (Twin Flames Ceramics).
My teaching philosophy keenly embraces studio learning; encouraging students to create their own self-directed strategies as they ‘learn-how-to-learn’ in art and design education today. A key aim of my approach to creative teaching and my research is to continually attempt to bridge the gap between student engagement and the changing shape of specialist art and design learning and spaces. My pedagogical approach focuses on empowering students and tutors alike, to improve the quality of their educative processes and learning environments in a mutual ‘bottom up’ and ‘top down’ approach. This tactic addresses Griffith University’s employability and retention strategies, as students become confident and engaged learners, and as they transition out of higher education.
My key strength is my knowledge of research methodologies and methods for art and design, and the ability to confidently instil exegetical writing skills to students for higher art and design research degree purposes. I have developed and delivered a range of effective creative research courses for teaching, learning and practice-led/practice-based research purposes (for example, as the Honours Program Director and as an Honours/PhD supervisor). I have taught in the United Kingdom, India, China and Australia. I am a member of NSEAD (The National Society for Education in Art and Design), Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy (GLTA) and Advance HE.
I am an active educational researcher, who produces international research on the studio as a site for learning; as a learning space (physical and online), on sensory affect in educational environments, on ceramics as a craft-based studio practice (I am also a ceramic artist), and as I champion the values of studio learning when blended with contemporary HE curriculum frameworks. I regularly deliver papers on these topics including at the Tate Liverpool in the UK and at the Australian Ceramics Triennale in 2019, and I have received several grants for teaching and learning development and research. I regularly co-write papers with colleagues at Glasgow School of Art and Queensland College of Art (QCA). I also lead the Learning Spaces Research Working Group (LSRWG) at QCA.
In the UK, I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1998 with a BA (Hons) degree in Design and Applied Arts (Ceramics) and from Edinburgh Napier University in 2013 with an MA in Design (Graphics). I was awarded the Global Excellence Initiative Fund PhD studentship under the theme of Education in Art, Design and Architecture in 2014 and in 2018, I completed my doctorate at Glasgow School of Art, accredited by the University of Glasgow.
Keywords: Sensory affect, studio education, learning spaces, case study, Participatory Action Research (PAR), Participatory Design (PD), narrative inquiry, ethnography, phenomenography, Communication Design, ceramics.