I strive to reconnect people to nature through art.
I am using art as a medium to instill the love of nature in children and their families. My belief is that when children have a connection with nature they will grow up to become adults who will protect it.
For three years, I worked as an Atelierista at the Bishop Strachan School where I was able to intertwine my passion for art and nature with education.
I am currently a member of the teaching staff at Bayview Glen Independent School where my energy and enthusiasm was rewarded with the creation of a position as the school’s travelling artist, moving from class to class, enhancing students’ learning experience.
For ten years, I have been coaching aspiring ceramists how to operate a kiln. Kiln Training is possible in partnership with Art Starts who is providing kiln access to the artist community.
Reggio Emilia Approach
I was sculpting with clay before I could read or write. I am strong believer that children have hundreds of languages in which they can express themselves. I am using the Reggio Emilia Approach in my teaching.
My hands-on workshops are designed to nurture participants’ natural curiosity. Charcoal, clay, ink, paint, wire and plaster provide endless possibilities for self-expression.
Teacher Professional Development
These sessions are giving teachers the confidence needed to lead open ended and expressive art experiences. Children will know how to manipulate the materials with very little instruction. I give suggestions on how to used provocations to draw participants in.
Confidence through art
As a child, I was a slow learner. The confidence that I gained from being good at art soon spread to other aspects of my life. I am an advocate for integrated art programs and experiential education.
As a program curator, I was able to provide children the opportunity to discover the magical properties of clay. I curated programs for public, Montessori, and Independent Schools, as well as numerous community schools and art centres.