“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Picasso

Biography / CV

Qualifications

PGCE    

University of Ulster, Coleraine N.I. 

Teaching Qualification 

PGCE in Art &Design with Religious Education 


MASTER'S DEGREE    

University of Ulster, Belfast, N.I. Postgraduate Degree MA Applied Arts with Dean’s Prize (Distinction) Specialising in Glass & Ceramics     


BACHELOR'S DEGREE

University of Ulster, Belfast, N.I.

BA Honours in Art & Design (2:1) Year 1: Product Design/Fine Art Painting Year 2: Jewellery Design/Fine Art Ceramics Year3: Fashion & Printed textiles.     



Experience

Thomas Knyvett College, Ashford, Surrey

Head of Art & Design KS3 & 4 with Textiles      


English International School, Moscow

Head of Art & Design for KS 2, 3&4


St. Ignatius Primary and Secondary School, Grand Cayman Island

Teacher of Art & Design for KS 2, 3&4


Al Maha Academy, Doha, Qatar

Teacher of KS3 Art & Design and English Language


Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics & Mathematics, Kazakhstan

International Subject Leader for Art & Design, Key stage KS 2& 3 


Rockport Independent School, Holywood, Co. Down, N.I.

Head of Art KS 2, 3&4 Art & Design. DofE Co-ordinator.

            

Bangor Academy & Sixth Form College, Bangor, Co. Down, N.I.

Teacher of KS. 3, 4&5 Art & Design 

     

Lydia Smyth-Glassworks

Self-Employed Designer/Artist & Illustrator. 


Hunterhouse College, Belfast, N.I.

Employed as an Art Technician and Classroom Assistant for students with special educational needs.    

Teaching Philosophy

I hold high expectations for my students, and for myself, I believe that a good Art teacher makes a valuable contribution to the whole school community and creates a strong visual representation of the school's Values.  As an enthuastic Art teacher, I believe that Visual Arts education reflects all aspects of the curriculum, and I am particularly passionate about how my subject develops pupils’ ability to think for themselves and take ownership of their own learning. I believe I deliver lessons based on achievable targets that will raise pupils’ motivation and help them develop their own thinking skills.  Much of my professional experience to-date has centred on raising pupil motivation and achievement in Art. I believe that I have implemented both long and short term strategies in the schools I have worked in to help achieve this, namely


  • Developing strategies to nurture pupils’ thinking and investigative skills from an early age so they have the skills necessary to best fulfil their potential at GCSE and Key Stage 5 · Providing additional support for students, such as revision classes, coursework support and providing material and advice to assist pupil learning on e-learning forums, such as edmodo.com
  • Addressing cross-curricular themes aimed at improving literacy, numeracy and ICT skills throughout my Art lessons, ensuring pupils have the necessary skills to prove their understanding when they are assessed at GCSE and A-level.
  • Developing and embedding strategies, such as assessment for learning and pupil tracking, within the department to encourage all pupils to achieve their potential.