My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
- I am a creative facilitator (10 years) and practicing artist (16 years).
- Background: 12 years New Zealand Air Force, I have degree in Psychology and current studies in Anthrosophical Artistic therapy.
- Art practice: I specialise in Resin, Fluid art, Acrylic abstraction, and various other arts and crafts.
- Anthroposophical (Steiner) based Art – drawing, charcoal, pastel, wet on wet watercolour, clay sculpture.
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 degree in Psychology, a certificate in the art of well-being and current studies in Anthroposophical Artistic therapy. I have been Painting/Crafting for 16 years and teaching various workshops for 10 years. I was an artist in residence at the Arts Village Rotorua 2018/19. I have exhibited in various group exhibitions (including New Zealand Art show) and held a solo exhibition.
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
I have taught the children’s holiday programme at The Arts Village in Rotorua. Age 5–12. I really enjoyed teaching the younger 5–7 group various crafts and loved teaching the 8–12 years about abstract art. I have taught various workshops for all ages 12–16 in different techniques, with and without parents present.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
I believe everyone needs art in their lives, especially children. Being creative has so many benefits and is essential for a child's well-being. It helps for stress relief, improves coordination and observation skills, provides inspiration, enlivens, explores science of colour, structure and composition, it engages the imagination, helps improve other academic subjects. Gives the child the tools to have a creative outlet. I love sharing my art knowledge and love that moment when a child creates something they are proud of, to be a part of a child’s artistic journey is a gift.