Artist and Teacher
I was trained as a Graphic Designer In England with a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design gained from the Norwich School for Art. I studied my Bachelor of Education and started working as a teacher of in 2006 where art education was always an intricate part of my classroom. As far as visual art and actually learning to draw, there were no specialist teachers in Primary education, thus I started Drawing Room For Kids in 2011.
I also make and design jewelry and supply Artisan in King Street and Crafts:ACT in Canberra
My teaching style
My classes are directed. Children learn to draw from objects and still life and occasionally photographs. There is no tracing! No projected images! We learn to move from Line and Form into Tone. We learn about Composition. We learn about Perspective. And we have fun doing it! Learning to draw is like playing an instrument. It takes time and perseverance. Its not just about making a mark- knowing how to hold a pencil- its about observation- and when you understand that its also about showing your vision of the world to the world. Drawing isn’t just having a skill- its a place you go to.
For a long time, these skills were not taught, due to the feelings of some of the artistic and academic community early on in the last century, who considered the "old "type art schools that drilled line and tone, a block to creativity. However, more recently with the expansion of ateliers teaching drawing skills, both here and overseas, there is a growing feeling within some of the artistic community, that these skills form a structure of understanding in order for creativity to grow. For children this means a return to honing fine motor skills, as well as cognitive skills.
DRAWING ROOM For KIDS supports the spirit of creativity at RQAS and Hands on Art, in which sound principles and practice support the ability for children to learn and appreciate drawing skills. This requires a certain maturity and understanding that these skills do not come over night. Drawing and painting are something which will continue for as long as a person wishes to expand their creative horizon, just in the same way as music or the performing arts.
Available from January 2023
We are at RQAS at Petrie Terrace on a Monday from 4- 5:30pm. Classes are limited to 8 students only
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MORE INFORMATION ON CLASSES
If we wish to book in for the classes, I ask that parents pay for the first class as a trial. If the student is a good fit, then there are options for either a 6 class to 10 class pass. please make sure that you have booked a class PRIOR to the class starting. We also have refreshments at class so should your child have any dietary requirements I ask that they bring their own food and drink for our tea break.