Communities of Practice, Gilly Salmon’s 5 stage model, E-tivities

Author: Joe Ryan Date: 17 November 2016 19:00:56 o’clock GMT Subject: CoP and Gilly Salmon 5 stage
With a Community of Practice within a group of artists, each artist may have more experience and expertise in a different form of printmaking and its respective skills which they could share within the group for exampla group may consist of people working in woodcuts, carborundum, etching, lithography, mezzotint but together they could share information and problem solve while learning each discipline from each other and together they form a vast knowledge bank accross the printmaking spectrum. Benefits include providing a network for sharing and exchanging skills as well as identifying knowledge gaps and where to connect with people with these sought after skills, possibly from other studios or arts organisations.

On a larger scale CoP’s would be applied to printmaking conferances where experts in their field would share their knowledge, and also on an International level through International print biennales which would also include an element of education and professional practice, through artist talks and lectures.

In later stages of Salmon’s model Info Exchange

Build up networks and links to specialist knowledge and resourses, if anyone within group does not have specific skills required, find out if anyone knows people who have skills firstly locally if not then identify where to look for people nationally and internationally, and simillarly with theorists in chosen field are they doing any conferances in city?, if not are they being streamed online? or being made available through podcasts?

Knowledge Construction

Making use of the resources and knowing where to look for and how to access any specialist knowledge and skills required. Where members of group are taking control of their own learning, but also actively seeking what they need for development of their projects.example To provide links for students but also to encourage them to seek out the required knowledge and develop contacts and networks within their chosen field of study.

These last two stages of model (knowledge construction and development) should flow naturally as they both deal with demonstrating learning outcomes and applying practical skills gained.


Form shared synthesis of the knowledge gained and experience of being a member of group and acquisition of online integrated skills. Ability to elaborate on acquired knowledge and also to incorporate it into students individual practices.

Although examples are not shown for e-tivities in model what i would recommend as an e-tivity would be for students to apply for international mini-print biennales (several now have online application and submission of initial images) beneficial for preparing and packing work to a set (small) standard and also experience of exhibiting internationally and main benefit for building up networks along with cross cultural practice.