I live in Glenfield, so North Shore would be best for me.
My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
I am a graphic designer and art tutor, originally from Czech Republic, living in New Zealand. I moved to New Zealand in 2014 and have embraced the culture and art scene over the past few years, further developing my art style from a wide pool of influences and techniques. I bring graphic design and art to children in the form of creative workshops. I encourage creativity and imagination in a fun environment. My aim is to introduce graphic design and creativity as a form of self-expression which is a great way to explore inner thoughts. My mission is to facilitate a creative workshop where kids of all ages can express their ideas and thoughts through the creative process on a skateboard deck. It’s important that kids enjoy the process throughout and love their final creation.
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’m a practicing artist, graphic designer and art tutor. I have developed my own creative workshops. Both workshops are based on my passion project where I design skateboards for girls and run an exhibition where I showcase illustrations of women who positively influence our society. My aim is to encourage young girls to look for inspiration in their communities and find there their heroine. I have been an art mentor for organisations like Nga Rangatahi Toa and an art tutor for Connect the Dots Charitable Trust or Creative Matters. Currently I work as a freelance graphic designer and art tutor. My current exhibition has been successfully presented by galleries in 2019 and confirmed continuity in 2020.
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
I am experienced working with various age groups. I have worked with a teenager who was brilliant in spoken word. My role was to provide him a safe environment where he could express his stress through words. I have worked with girls aged from 9-13 years old. We were exploring our inner life via artworks on skateboard decks and ended this programme with an exhibition. I work with children from 5 to 12 years old and we work with art mediums on paintings, paper mache sculptures, collages. I’m also Artist Mentor on a programme called Toi Ako. In this role I support and stretch the creative capacity of two older (in their 70’s) women living in care in Epsom. During my travelling in India I did a three-day workshop at a girl's orphanage in New Delhi. We did a mural on their entrance door based on “What is your unique strength?“ theme. During one of my workshops I always encourage kids to combine various techniques and share their messages through artworks.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
I’m interested in developing my skills as a tutor and feel like it’s a positive way how to influence our rangatahi and tamariki. I look at art or creativity as a tool for self-expression and everyone can do it and use it in this way. That’s why I would love to continue offering my workshops and sharing my creative skills I obtained during my studies and practice as a designer and tutor. It’s also inspiration which is directly linked to my creative practice.