I am an artist with over 15 years experience of working with children and young people in Local Authority, private and community settings. My interest and passion lies in how creative practice can be used to solve problems and how each person can develop their own individual way of learning through play.
I have visited places such as Italy, Denmark and Sweden to research different styles of creative education and draw upon these experiences for inspiration in all of my settings in the U.K. The linking theme in all of these places is how play is the key to the learning process.
‘Exploration and investigation can allow problems to be recognised, inspected and resolved.’
I have seen how each style of teaching and learning has evolved through the unique factors of the social environment. I feel creativity is a fully inclusive, flexible method of engaging children in learning and can be adjusted to suit every child in every setting.
My work at Lillian De Lissa Nursery School and Children’s Centre for the past 10 years has been ever changing because the needs and abilities of the children vary each intake. The requirement for new ideas and ways of encouraging children to learn has meant my research into alternative ways of working with materials, techniques and philosophies is essential. Working as part of the staff team to provide and sustain a creative, fully inclusive learning environment has enabled me to use my knowledge as an artist to challenge every child appropriately. Creativity is at the core of this schools practice and means it is: ‘A Setting for All Children’.
In September 2011 I started working at Prince Albert Primary School in Aston. My goal was to extend learning using creative thinking and process. To begin with I worked in years 2 and 3 which proved to be successful, fast moving and progressive, so in 2013 this expanded to include Reception and Year 1 which again made me reach even further for new ideas and ways for each child to manifest their ideas creatively. This intervention eventually spread school wide from Nursery to Year 6.
For the past 10 years during August I have worked at Birmingham City University with students from Joshibi University in Tokyo. This is a summer school for degree and post graduate students to come and explore many elements of a British Art and Design course. I provide creative challenges and design briefs in drawing, painting, 3D & sculpture, textiles, fashion and photography to name a few.