I have always maintained a lively, community and education practice alongside developing my own studio work and have over 30 years’ experience of initiating art projects with children and vulnerable adults in schools and in the community. I am passionate about collaborating with learners, carers and teachers to use art as a creative learning tool across the curriculum to develop exciting new approaches to learning.
I am passionate about the power of creative engagement to enable individuals to learn new skills, to work as a team, to gain self esteem, and ultimately to produce a piece of artwork which they are extremely proud of and which demonstrates their contribution to their community.
I am experienced at employing many different visual art media in my creative learning work, such as glass (painted, fused, sandblasted and slumped), cyanotype (an early photographic process using potassium salts to produce images), iPhoneography, screen printing, ceramic decal work and painting.
In particular I have found that craft is a transformative medium. Working with craft is practical, and can appeal to people who are interested in tools as well as those more responsive to a traditionally artistic approach. The technical aspects of craft work can involve learning about chemistry, as well as mathematics and physics.
I have a full DBS check and specialise in working with children and adults who are hard to reach, those with additional learning needs and vulnerable adults. I currently work two days a week teaching art and craft at Coleg Plas Dwbl, a specialist college for young adults with complex learning needs including autism.
As a Welsh learner, I am able to work through the medium of English and Welsh.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about how I could work with your school or community group, please email me.