EDUCATING teenagers is often an art form in itself but Emmanuel College staff members are showing their more creative side in the school's latest exhibition.
The Art of Teaching display officially opened this week at the McAuley Campus art gallery and shows the hidden talents of many teachers and staff at the secondary college.
Along with paintings and sculpture, there are works in a variety of media, including ceramics, photography, linocut prints, pastels, wood and pastels
Trudy Sharrock, Emmanuel College's head of Creative Arts, said some of the artists had exhibited their work before, including well-known award-winning artist Anne Wines, but the majority had never shown their art in public.
"There's about 20 or 25 artists with work, from every department - marketing through to PE, maths, science, history," she said.
"I wasn't surprised but I think a lot of other people were surprised.
"The diversity of the work is what impresses a lot of people.
"I think (the students) are quite surprised with how many teachers do produce what they would consider to be 'good art' in their own time, and they're not even art teachers."
While the college's art gallery usually features student artwork, principal Peter Morgan said The Art of Teaching was a chance to showcase the staff's creativity.
"As educators, we promote creativity in all subject areas," Mr Morgan said.
"Through our teaching we explore the relationship between creativity in the arts and in the sciences, but we also seek to promote a love of the arts and of creative pursuits for their own sake, in the same way that we promote health and fitness through sports days.
"I think that some of our students will be surprised to see another aspect to their teachers and we hope they will be motivated to explore their own creativity."
The exhibition will be open until March 31.