I am an enthusiastic, positive and self-motivated Artist Teacher with over 12 years experience within the Further Education sector.
I have experience of teaching a variety of levels including Level 1 (pre-GCSE), Level 2 (GCSE), Level 3 (A-Level) and Level3/4 (Foundation Diploma in Art and Design).
I am passionate about the role of the arts in education and I am able to motivate students through creative and supportive teaching strategies.
Over the past twelve years I have taught within Further Education in a variety of roles, starting as a Learning Support Assistant and as an Art teacher delivering across a range of levels and areas, through to Course Coordinator and Personal Tutor for a variety of programmes that have included BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design, National Diploma in Art and Design, Extended Diploma in Fashion and Clothing, and the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. I have followed Edexcel, UAL and NCFE formats covering progressive modules through to final major projects. I have taught at Oaklands College in St Albans, Central Bedforshire College in Dunstable, HMP/Youth Offenders Institution in Thamesmead and the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow, Russia.
I am confident in delivering a range of art and design subjects including observational drawing, experimental drawing and life drawing, painting, sculpture, traditional and experimental printmaking, photography and art history; both Modern and Contemporary art history. I have also had experience of teaching fashion, textiles, illustration and communication design. I have always been responsible for designing my own subject course structure, schemes of work and project briefs, and keeping individual learning plans on each student, monitoring progress, action planning and setting work targets. I have always had positive feedback from lesson observations and I believe that my enthusiasm for the subject mixed with good pedagogical knowledge enables me to be an outstanding teacher.
Within my most recent role at the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow I taught predominantly on the Foundation Diploma Fine Art Pathway, teaching students who had a diverse range of interests. I was responsible for the designing the course structure, the creation of all teaching materials including writing schemes of work, assignment briefs, lesson plans and undertaking student assessment. I kept individual learning plans on each student, monitoring progress, detailing any on-going academic support, action planning, setting work targets.
I developed the Fine Art curriculum to allow for an experimental approach to Fine Art and designed briefs that encouraged students to think laterally and respond inventively. I taught and facilitated a range projects that covered drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, printmaking and lens-based mediums such as photography and film. All students that I have taught have been required to research, to be analytical, reflective and experimental with their ideas, materials and processes. Projects were written so that the starting point was open enough for students to find their own way into the subject. This was then developed through deeper research and thinking, allowing students to gain ownership and confidence within the subject.
I developed the course to be challenging, relevant and give all students the chance to be successful.
As part of my initial role at the British Higher School of Art and Design I was responsible for the designing and implementation of the Critical and Contextual Studies (Art History) programme for the Foundation Diploma. I was responsible for designing the course structure, the writing and creation of all lectures and teaching materials, delivering the learning material and supporting students with presentations and essay writing. I worked with the students to make them aware of historical and contemporary practice from a range of disciplines.
I have provided tutorial guidance on careers, education, C.V writing and interview skills. I have held tutorial workshops in confidence building, speaking and listening communication skills, group work and presentation skills, therefore being able to assist students to become independent learners.
I actively engage in my own fine art practice and have taken part in exhibitions within the UK, Moscow and Romania. I believe that my art practice strongly informs my teaching practice and vise versa, and I wish to inspire my students in pursuing art as a successful career path.
Throughout my career I have taught students from a variety of backgrounds and who have had varying levels of ability. I have extensive experience of differential teaching that has addressed the needs of students with varied levels of creative understanding, varying levels of learning difficulties, and students who have had English as a second language. I have had to develop a range of robust teaching strategies to enable these students to successfully achieve.
I use a range of approaches including physical demonstrations, workshops, show and tell processes, whiteboard, PowerPoint and virtual learning environments as aids to teaching. I am committed to a balanced teaching practice which covers research, problem solving, ideas generation, making and critical thinking.
I have built up strong relationships with my students, my friendly and approachable personality has enabled me to work effectively building an excellent level of tutor to student communication.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of Greenwich||2007||PGCE||Post-Complusory Education 16+ PGCE|
|University of Hertfordshire||2003||Bachelors||BA (Hons) Fine Art|
|Oaklands College, St Albans||1999||College||Foundation Diploma in Art and Design|