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Creative ID: 016

Art form(s): Community Art, Visual Arts, Craft/Object, Art Therapist.

Based in: New Plymouth, Taranaki.

When I'm available: I am in my last year of study for my Masters. This study is extramural largely. I would make timetabling work in consultation with the school/group when we discussed the project and how it could work.

Where I'm available: Taranaki.

My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)

I am a printmaker, painter and ceramic artist. I have past experience with 'artist in residence' projects and community and school mural projects. I am a trained and experienced teacher from New Entrant to Secondary. I was an art specialist teacher for 10 years at intermediate schools. I have a B.A. in Educational Psychology and Political Studies. I also have a Advanced Diploma in Art and Creativity (Honours) from the Learning Connexion in Wellington. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Therapy from Whitecliffe College of Art and Design. Currently I am heading into my last year of my Masters (Clinical) in Arts Therapy at Whitecliffe in Auckland. I live in New Plymouth.

My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with

  • B.A. Political Studies and Educational Psychology (Senior prize in Education)
  • Diploma in Teaching
  • Advanced Diploma in Art and Creativity – Learning Connexion Wellington
  • Diploma in Organic Horticulture
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Therapy
  • Currently completing Masters in Arts Therapy (Clinical)
  • I am an experienced general classroom and specialist art teacher.
  • I have exhibited regularly in group and individual shows since the 1980s.
  • I have experience running 'artist in residence' projects and mural projects.

Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes

Qualifications:

  • B.A. Political Studies and Educational Psychology – Auckland University (Senior prize in Education)
  • Diploma in Teaching – Auckland College of Education
  • Advanced Diploma in Art and Creativity – Learning Connexion Wellington
  • Diploma in Organic Horticulture
  • Witt Diploma in Arts Therapy – Whitecliffe College of Art and Design
  • Currently completing Masters in Arts Therapy (Clinical) – Whitecliffe College of Art and Design
  • Currently working on He Papa Tikanga

I have been a teacher since 1986 working from Preschool to Secondary. I was an Art specialist at intermediate schools for 10 years. As a practising artist I have been exhibiting regularly since the 1980s. I have worked with schools in 'artist in residence' schemes and community mural projects in the past and run community and extension art classes.

Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice

I enjoy sharing my skills and also learning from the students I work with. Creativity is a way of 'thinking and being' that is possible for all. Creativity facilitates personal well-being, growth and coping strategies/resilience. Creative thinking and work ties in with all the key competencies and is essential for the future of humanity.

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