Teaching


Me teaching Key Stage 5 (16-18 year olds) students

Me teaching Key Stage 5 (16-18 year olds) students

My teaching experience covers all age groups, in particular Key Stages 3 to 5 in the state sector, either working in tandem with other teachers and educators, or leading lessons on my own. The focus of my teaching was art and design, where I would find ways to bring architecture and the work of architects into the classroom. Whilst devising schemes of work and supporting students’ learning, I also oversaw the welfare of my students. Outside of the classroom I have led iPad drawing workshops to teach students (all Key Stages), members of the general public and lifelong learners how to draw digitally.

I gained a PGCE (2008) and a MA in Education (2010) from the Institute of Education, University of London, and I have been DBS checked.

 

Four examples of my teaching:

1. iPad drawing workshops (all ages)

Since 2015, I have been leading workshops at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, to teach adults and children to draw and manipulate images on iPads.

Me leading an iPad drawing workshop with a group of lifelong learners

Me leading an iPad drawing workshop with a group of lifelong learners, 2015

 

iPad drawings by 8 to 9 year olds from Cayley Primary School

iPad drawing by an 8-9 year old, created during one of the workshops I led, 2015.

 

iPad drawings by 8 to 9 year olds from Cayley Primary School

iPad drawing by an 8-9 year old, created during one of the workshops I led, 2015.

 

 

2. Year 7 lesson (ages 11-12):  Enclosing space

Students explored the possibilities of enclosing space. Looking at their own homes in plan and learning simple conventions in construction drawings, the students were asked to transform their own home to create new forms without limits, for the pre-exisiting spaces. This was the first part of several architecture lessons and the aim was to open the students up to new ways of looking at their local environment and the varied forms architecture can take. Architects used for inspiration included EMBT Architects, Zaha Hadid and Christopher Wren.

Year 7 work: Students worked from a plan they drew of their own home and created a new form/enclosure

Year 7 work: Students worked from a plan they drew of their own home and created a new form/enclosure

Year 7 work: Students' work brought together to create a city.

Year 7 work: Students’ work brought together to create a city

3. Year 9 lesson (ages 13-14): Finding new inspiration

Students explored the delicate structural forms made possible by re-adapting everyday objects. Careful cutting skills and manipulation of material, such as maps, were to give new skills to these students in preparation for their GCSEs the following year. It was part of a series of lessons where students were exposed to different materials used in architecture and finding inspiration from unlikely sources. Architects and artists such as Toyo Ito and Simon Patterson were used to inspire.

Year 9: Maps cut and fashioned into imaginary structures

Year 9: Maps cut and fashioned into imaginary structures

Year 9: Maps cut and remade as part of the city

Year 9: Maps cut and remade as part of the city

Year 9: Maps cut and remade as part of the city

Year 9: Maps cut and remade as part of the city

4. Year 10 lesson (ages 15-16): Fractal structures and natural forms

Students studied a range of natural forms as inspiration, e.g. leaves, cells and bones. Each learner made cut-outs of one chosen shape and used their imaginations to create a unique structure out of these repeating elements. Extension tasks for students included drawing their new structure and describing it through key words. The work of artist Richard Sweeney was used to inspire.

Students' work: Fractal structures

Students’ work: Fractal structures

Student work: Fractal structure

Student work: Fractal structure

Student work: Fractal structure

Student work: Fractal structure