I specialise in teaching Fine Art and English, and I also teach History as an additional subject.
I also offer help with interview technique and Oxbridge preparation.
I strongly believe that an outstanding teacher can completely transform the process of learning. I write this from personal experience, where as a pupil, I experienced both the exceptionally good and the outstandingly poor.
In my capacity as a teacher and tutor, I feel a strong social responsibility towards my students. Having taught across a wide range of ages and abilities, I am aware that each individual pupil has different requirements. Consequently, I feel it is important to build close working relationships in order to identify specific strengths and weaknesses. Through reinforcing basic building blocks, I simultaneously search to introduce my students to new material, with the aim of stretching and inspiring them. While I am conscious of the value of exam preparation and the need to fulfill required assessment objectives, I feel learning should be an exciting creative experience.
I enjoy teaching because I find this excitement is often mutual. I frequently feel myself learning from my students, while they in turn learn from me.
2014-2016 - MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London.
2007-2010 - BFA in Fine Art at Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (New College).
2002-2007 - Canford School, Dorset.
A Levels: Fine Art (A), English (A), History (A)
AS Levels: Fine Art (A), English (A), History (A), Latin (A)
GCSEs: Fine Art (A*), English (A*), History (A*), Latin (A*), Geography (A*), French (A*), Mathematics (A), Religious Studies (A), Chemistry (A), Biology (A).
Below is a selection of tutees with whom I have worked over the past 5 years:
J.T-Y - (2013-14) (A-Level, Fine Art) Achieved A* Grade in Fine Art from predicted C Grade. Confidence and desire to experiment with different materials and techniques.
B.A - (2014) (Adult Learner, Fine Art) Interested in improving oil and acrylic painting technique and methods. Worked on different mediums, building colour and tone to create form. Introduced to work of different artists. Worked to build confidence with mark-making and gesture.
M.R - (2014) (Sculptor, based in Spain, Fine Art) Carried out series of over 250 measurements using a digital calliper in order to map human body and relative dimensions for sculpture to be constructed by sculptor in Spain.
A.S - (2013-14) (A-Level, Fine Art) Achieved A Grade and successful application to study on Art Foundation course at Wimbledon College of Art. Worked on portfolio in a range of mediums - film, painting, photography, sculpture. Built confidence and introduced
A.H. - (2014) (Adult Learner with disabilities, Fine Art/Animation/Drawing) Worked to produce a series of drawings, improving observational skills and drawing techniques. Working towards a series of simple animations, creating different caricatures. Built confidence and expanded drawing methods and range of visual expressions.
S.D. - (2013-14) (A-Level, Fine Art) Achieved B Grade in Fine Art, improving from predicted E Grade. Struggled initially with drawing and painting technique but with time grew in confidence and ability. Worked towards a series of small installations structured around the idealisation of childhood.
H.K. - (2013-14) (AS-Level, Fine Art) Achieved B Grade in Fine Art, improving from predicted C Grade. Lacked focus and commitment, but with weekly lessons began to become more interested and engaged. Searched to connect work to pop-culture and his own personal interests.
C.R - (2013-14) (Oxbridge Application, English) Worked on Interview technique and Entrance Preparation, achieving a place to study English at St Johns College, Cambridge, UK. Carried out mock interviews, practicing possible questions or angles of enquiry. Especially built knowledge of 20th century Fiction and 18th Century poetry. Closely focused on A-Level Shakespeare text as point of comparison and expansion.
P.M. - (2012-13) (Adult Learner, Fine Art/Illustration/Design) Worked on improving painting technique and drawing skills, building a portfolio for successful application to London School of Communication. Built confidence and technique.
D.L. - (2012-13) (GCSE, Fine Art) Achieved B Grade in Fine Art, improving from predicted C Grade. Began studying after problems with illness which continued during the course of the year. Sought to encourage observational drawing and interest in Surrealism - especially work of Giorgio de Chirico - and Futurism.
M.H. - (2011) (A-Level, English and Photography) Achieved a C Grade in English. Worked closely with set texts studying The Bloody Chamber, The White Devil, and Hamlet. Achieved a C Grade in Photography. Came to me for help with 6 weeks before A-Level exams. Was underprepared and lacked interest. Sought to build confidence and worked through exam marks scheme. Worked on essay technique and in photography generated a large body of work in a short space of time.
H.N. - (2010-11) (A-Level, Fine Art) Achieved A* Grade in Fine Art, improving from predicted B Grade. Continued as a tutee after successful year of AS-Level study. Worked to build portfolio, encouraging use of different materials and working more expansively. Worked closely alongside marks scheme to identify areas of strength and weakness. Encouraged risk taking and helped closely with extended contextual study on The Sculpture of Rachel Kneebone.
J.H. - (2010-11) (GCSE, Fine Art) Achieved A* Grade in Fine Art, improving from predicted C Grade. Arrived with scrappy sketchbooks and feeling somewhat insecure about studying the subject. Required extensive encouragement and intensive lessons which uncovered strong interest in photography. This became focus of portfolio and filtered back into draftsmanship and a renewed interest in painting.
H.N. - (2009-10) (AS-Level, Fine Art) Achieved A Grade in Fine Art improving from predicted B Grade. Began teaching in early December 2009 after relatively unproductive first term of school study. Encouraged greater focus, searching to build confidence and highlight personal relevance of subject matter. Worked across a range of mediums.
Hobbies and Interests
In addition to teaching, I work as an artist, making paintings, sculptures and short films. I have exhibited in public and private galleries in both the UK and Europe. I am currently studying for a Masters in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London (2014-2016).
I also love reading (particularly contemporary American fiction and the writing of J.M. Coetzee) and I also write short stories. I also enjoy walking, playing sports (long-distance running, football, cricket), and I work as a volunteer for the British Ornithological Trust monitoring bird species.