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3 Dec 2012
Independent School parent
Website of the month – Independent School parent!

We've had some great press coverage recently in the Independent School Parent magazine and Chesterfield College newsletter, we'll share it with you.

We're really pleased to make it to the website of the month list in the Independent School Parent which is aimed at parents of children aged 13-18 years attending independent schools across the UK. It has a distribution to over 700 preparatory and public schools.

Independent School Parent magazine

One press article that is quite close to my heart is a feature in the Chesterfield College newsletter. This is where my creative career really began. I studied at Chesterfield College on the National Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design from 1989-90. I chose to specialise in Fine Art Printmaking, going on to study this at degree level at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (Dundee).

Chesterfield College Newsletter (issue 12 Nov 2012)

Leaving school and entering an art foundation course is like opening a box of treasure – there's so many subjects to try, many avenues that you can take and to study art full-time is an amazing opportunity that should be embraced. My experience at the College was very positive. The ways in which I was taught had a lasting impression on me and I take some of these teaching methods and styles with me to the students that I now teach.

The vital transition that is required for students in moving from school to college and subsequently on to art college (university) is the skill of being able to interpret your subject matter in a personal way through your art rather than using your drawing skills to accurately represent it alone. With the guidance of my tutors at Chesterfield College I was able to learn and practise these skills in the studio and through the fantastic visiting artist programme that gave us an insight into how practicing artists work.

I also really valued the support I was given in preparing for my interview for art college. A mock interview scenario was set up with my tutors; establishing and communicating the rationale behind my ideas and work that is essential in today's creative climate.

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