My work at Lillian De Lissa Nursery School for the past 13 years has been ever changing because the needs and abilities of the children vary each intake. The requirement for new ideas and ways of supporting child development 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’.
From September 2011 to July 2018 I spent time 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. As Prince Albert Community Trust expanded my role stretched over to Heathfield And Highfield Schools where I created educational environments to promote, encourage and support the curious minds of all the children in school, Nursery to Year 6.
Other creative initiatives include, for the past 13 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 the 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. https://www.instagram.com/joshibi_summer_school_bcu/
‘Creativity is in part about innovation and so, by definition, creativity can only come about through trying something new’ – Sue Crowley, The Artful Educator