My teaching career began in Secondary mainstream and off-site education provision for disengaged young people. My own interest in art, and my enjoyment of the processes and and products of younger children's art lead me to a becoming a Specialist art teacher and Co-ordinator in Infant and Primary Schools. In this role, I wrote a school Art Curriculum and lead on several whole school art projects in a variety of media, including clay, mosaic and stained glass. I was also Exhibitions Co-ordinator at the Hackney Teachers Centre, where I also ran INSET in Art.
I then worked concurrently as an art teacher and a lecturer in Art Education at London Metropolitan University for ten years, where the two jobs dovetailed; lecturing and being a practitioner enabled me to bring my practice to my work in HE and my lecturing deepened my understanding of the pedagogy of art education.
In 2005, I became Visual Arts Consultant in an Arts Team in Southwark, working in a Cross Arts Team, devising and delivering cross curricular projects which boosted achievement in schools through the arts. In this job, I developed cross curricular resources on a black arts movement and sustainability in relation to the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle area. I am committed to delivering a cross cultural and diverse art curriculum which celebrates the contribution of artists with disabilities, women and BAME artists.
I have taught at Kingston University since 2009, and have established an Art Co-ordinators' network for our partner schools. I now enjoy teaching geography and design technology as well as art.
Senior Lecturer, Primary Art Education
I in my role as a lecturer in art, design technology and geography, I teach the subject specfic content, explore how this can be effectively delivered in the primary school, and am very committed to making cross curricular links. In the first year at Kingston, students learn about the specific content and approaches of each subject, and in Years 2 and 3, this knowledge is extended within cross curricular topics.
I am committed to building partnerships with local practitioners and cultural organisations, as well as using the local environment as a resource. In Year 1, some of the learning in geography is based on the local area. In Year.2, we partner with an oustanding Special Needs school to consider how teaching and learning can be delivered for children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs, and in Year 3, we work with the local Museum where students are introduced to part of the collection about the life and work of a local, world famous photographer, and then devise and design resources to support teachers and children to access this collection.
My research interest centres in investigating the impact on KS2 children's confidence and achievement in art when they learn about how some artists have collaborated, by sharing ideas and practice, in art movements.
I have established an Art Co-ordinators' network where Art Co-ordinators from our partner schools can meet and exchange ideas.
I am Year 2 Lead