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Creative ID: 225

Art form(s): Interarts, Community Art, Visual Arts.

Based in: Te Awamutu.

When I'm available: I am very flexible with my time as I only work a set 20 hours a week at a museum. I am on a roster but most often work Monday, Tuesday and half of Wednesday.

Where I'm available: Te Awamutu would be the most ideal area. However also happy to work in all Waipa areas or Hamilton. Rural schools are a particular interest.

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

I have a Bachelor of visual art majoring in painting and exhibition. I love to work with the idea of process art, focusing more on the why and how we create. I continue to work on my own art practice as a painter and drawer, I have been exhibiting regularly in the last few years throughout the Waikato. I also have strong connection with the art industry in the Waikato area. I have a website and I can also be found on Facebook or Instagram.

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

I have a Bachelor of visual art majoring in painting and exhibition. I have been running a local Art studio and gallery in Te Awamutu for the last 2 years. We have currently moved out of our building and I am taking on private students and running pop-up workshops in the area. I work part time as a Parapater (installing exhibitions and displays) for a museum. I continue to work on my own art practice as a painter and drawer, I have had been exhibiting regularly in the last few years throughout the Waikato. While running my studio I have been teaching a large number of children's art and creative science classes. I also have strong connection with the art industry in the Waikato area. 

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

While running my studio I have been running adult classes in Drawing, painting and basic clay skills. The ages ranged from 18-80 years. I also taught children's classes in Art, creative science and clay. The ages were 5-18 years. Art included painting, drawing, sculptures, clay, print, installations. I have been running messy play classes for children 0-5 years where the focus was on a sensory experience. I also have private students who are teens, adults and some with intellectual disabilities of caring levels.

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

I feel very passionately about creating creative opportunities in our more rural areas. Our Teachers and schools are over extended, so I can bring my creative skills into a school to help as many children have access to the arts as possible. I believe having a passion in the arts at any age can be easily overlooked, it is important to find those children and teens who might have a future in the art industry and show it is possible. Help to give as much guidance and support towards this as possible. For children who don't view themselves as 'good' artists who are often getting written off, they might not have found their discipline yet and I want to show them the options.

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