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Craft and Design
I am a teacher and sculptor, having spent seven years teaching Art in the 1980s and fourteen years working as a professional woodcarver.From 2001 I have worked extensively as a supply teacher, fulfilling several long term Art teaching contracts.My specialism is in three dimensional Art (sculpture and ceramics etc.) and I have run courses for sixth formers in clay and plaster sculpture. Sixth Form and GCSE students often need extra finished art to bolster cousework folders and the Plaster sculpture course allows participants to achieve that aim with sculpture, drawings and photographs and to learn about Modern Sculpture.
I have taught a wide range of abilities and age groups ( from primary through to Art College and Adult Education and I take a pride in my ability to quickly become acquainted with people to build up a working relationship.
I began teaching in Art College at Bradford before I moved in to Secondary Education at The Kingsway School, Cheadle near Manchester in the 1980s. I taught Art to students aged from 11 to 18 and Sculpture at GCE level. I was the teacher responsible for Sculpture within the Art department and this included ordering materials and teaching the subject to different groups. This involved plaster, mod roc, clay, wire and tin.I also taught Sculpture at the local Adult Education Centre at the time where we made clay heads and cast them in plaster. In recent times I have taught Art in a variety of schools including The North Halifax Grammar School and Calder High School.At Calder I have taught a sculpture course with the sixth fom Art group.This involved making abstract Modern Sculpture using clay and plaster where the plaster was cut and scraped with a knife to achieve the finished form.
Since I find that best way to get to know people and to build up a rapport is to talk about something which they have made or drawn, I would always prefer to begin to start practical work right away. I feel from then onwards, it is important to keep the focus of lessons and discussions as interesting and engaging as possible and it is important to maintain a good working atmosphere where students are confident and aware of what is being learnt and the progress which they are making.
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