About

 

I am an experienced HE educator with over twenty years experience tutoring on adult learning, foundation and undergraduate courses in the visual arts. I have written three undergraduate course books in drawing and contemporary art practice and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Learning has an essential relationship to vulnerability and risk; both in the necessary failed attempts requisite to mastery but also in the space between the deconstruction of the known and the successful incorporation of the newly discovered.  I hold that vulnerability – and the potential power of risk, at the forefront of my teaching. A regular programme of support through one to one tutorials can provide a ‘safe’ space for creative risk taking.

AJ

Every time I ask you something your responses open up new doors in my brain, new concepts, new perceptions. I can’t thank you enough for the thought and effort you put into all the contact that I have with you – I feel incredibly lucky to have had you as my tutor.

SY

It has been immeasurably helpful to have my reports returned very quickly with clear and constructive advice. You made yourself available for big questions and daft ones replying with clarity, professionalism and support.
The thing I will take with me from you is to have the confidence to leave things alone and be pared back and also that its correct to be selfish in art making. I also enjoy the language you use in describing art, eloquently and perceptively putting into words what I am thinking in my work but not able to verbalise.

JC

a massive thank you for tutoring me through year 2 and 3 of my degree. Your nurturing way has been perfect for my approach.

L

most crucially, your tone is nurturing. I can’t express strongly enough how important this is when a necessary part of the creative process is to expose the very personal and where an invite to criticise – no matter how well intentioned and crucial – requires an implicit trust in the assessors desire to want the best for the student. This integrity communicates very strongly and for this I share a heartfelt … Thank you

One to one art tutorials and portfolio reviews

Face to face or online

I am passionate about sustainability in adult learning. Short courses and ad hoc one day sessions are hugely important but can leave learners unsure about their own personal practice. Continuing to practice post degree requires a great deal of resilience. Scheduling a regular programme of tutorials or crits, no matter how infrequent, can give much needed support and focus.

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One to One tutorial - price £45

A one hour tutorial. During the hour we will review your current work, discuss your aspirations for it and set out a work plan for the next three months or until the next tutorial. Following the tutorial I will send you a written summary of what has been discussed along with relevant contextual study resources.

Portfolio Review - price £70

A two hour review of your work to date and an in depth conversation about your aspirations as a practitioner. This would make a useful introduction to a programme of tutorials or might suit an artist who has been practising a while and just needs some support to clarify goals and discuss their work in relation to current contemporary art discourse. Tutees are also welcome to use this double length session at any time if they feel it would be useful. Following the portfolio review I will send you a written summary of the session.

Location

Tutorials will be held in my studio on Arthur Street in Leith. I am actively looking at other potential host sites which might provide inspiration and a fresh perspective.

If you live in Edinburgh I can come to your own home or studio if you prefer. I charge an extra £5 for the travel time / costs. I would ask you to consider the relative value for you of getting out of your own studio and being in a new place, versus being able to set up your work in advance for the discussion.

If you are unable to attend a session in Edinburgh and would like to have a video tutorial (via skype or google hangout), please contact me to discuss your circumstances. I have 7 years experience working for the Open College of the Arts which is a distance learning art college and so have experience in supporting students through a distance learning model.

Studio Location

What to do next

If you are interested in scheduling some tutorials or a portfolio review, please contact me below with your requirements, including a telephone contact number and your preferred dates.

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