|Posted on October 4, 2011 at 10:20 PM|
Welcome to my website and blog. As you would have gleaned from my "About" page I have a wide range of experience in the visual arts and educaion sectors. I aim to provide specialised courses, workshops and programs which provide both skills training from the Visual Arts and Crafts Training Package CUV03 as well as non-assessable courses aimed at personal creative development for non-vocational participants.
I have learnt much in my career as an artist and educator over the years from a variety of situations including both fomal study and "on the job" experience. I believe strongly in the efficacy of creative pursuit, and ascribe to the idea that whilst we gain much knowledge from practical experience, it is equally important to engage with the world of philosophy, and challenge ourselves intellectually and theoretically. Engagement with creative pursuits does impact upon our cognitive development and helps us develop higher thinking processes such as comprehension, analyses, synthesis, discernment and importantly our ability to communicate.
These skills are integral the visual arts and can be important in building self esteem and self worth. Many corporations and businesses are increasingly seeing the importance of these human capabilities and without them, true innovation in business and community is not possible.
We are all different in many ways with different aspirations, backgrounds, and personality characteristics, and we all have unique experiences and stories. Art is the conduit which connects us when engaging with the cultural diversity of people, and teaching art should be about not only the industry specific skills which are governed by vocational training but the wider world of ideas, aspirations, and humanity.
Please contact me if you think that I can assist you on your journey.