Art forms: Visual Artist, Workshop Leader and Teacher
Summary: I am an artist, freelance artist educator and also a Foundation Learning Tutor for SEN learners.
I am particularly passionate about Arts and Health and its positive effect on physical and emotional wellbeing.
I use drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, design, ceramics/clay work and making/craft activities within my workshops.
My engagement and fascination with the physical features of the natural world referencing North Norfolk, Scotland, Antarctic ice shelves, Mountains, Bird migration, Geomorphology and Coastlines are important themes within my artistic practice. I work within a cross disciplinary Fine Art practice exploring large scale photography, sculpture, systematic drawings, and paintings through to ceramics. I hope that my work aspires to being poetic, sensitive, humble, and strong and that it embraces skill and craftsmanship. I almost always develop a series of images/objects which is significant in all aspects of my practice from making to display. I have exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and Kettles Yard, Cambridge.
Locations: Norfolk and North Suffolk
Experience: I am a qualified teacher of Art and Design. I have 16 years of experience working throughout the education spectrum; from secondary, further education, adults with learning disabilities, museum and gallery education, charities, community outreach programmes and exhibition projects. I have also worked as artist in residence at Headington School for Girls in Oxford.
I have taught from key stage 3, GCSE and A ‘level Art and Design and GNVQ’s within Independent schools and Further and Higher Education.
For the past 10 years I have taught adults with learning difficulties, designing and delivering a variety of courses in Art, Digital Photography, Horticulture and Independent living. My learner groups include those with learning difficulties, physical disabilities including hearing and visual impairments and those with mental health problems. I aim to promote a supportive and welcoming working environment, encouraging confidence, self-expression, ideas and individuality.
I have led workshops for the North Norfolk Exhibition Project, Cley Contemporary Art Exhibition for the past three years running sessions for both older people and those working in caring professions and those with special care needs and their clients.
As an Artist Educator for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts I delivered a project for gifted KS4 students.
PGCE in Post Compulsory Education (Fine Art Specialism)
MA Design – Distinction
BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting (London)
BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design – Foundation Prize
A Level Art – Grade A / Distinction and National Art Prize
Other qualifications: City and Guilds Practical Certificate in Gardening – Garden Design
Projects: I am able to design and facilitate projects and workshops in creative partnerships with individuals, groups and organisations on a wide variety of themes and media. I am able to link learning to the national curriculum. I am a Fine Artist by training but experience has also allowed me to teach a range of subjects from fine art to making / crafts. Projects can be from two hours through one / two day workshops and short courses.
Amazing Mosaics – for people working in caring professions and those with special care needs and their clients.
Colour On Canvas – Acrylic Painting Workshops for beginners.
Get Crafty with Decoupage – for people working in caring professions and those with special care needs and their clients.
Micro, Macro and Miniature – for gifted students KS4 project designed around object based learning to compliment museum collections.
Artist in Residence Projects include Life drawing at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, portfolio preparation and talks for art college applications.
Groups worked with: Young people 14 years + GCSE and A ‘level Students, adults with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and mental difficulties, older people, museums and galleries, charities, community groups and projects, adult education learners and individuals.