After completing a design preparatory course at Northland Design School and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, I began a Postgraduate Diploma in Film and Television at Curtin University (W.A) before transitioning into the Bachelor of a Teaching back at Melbourne Uni. Studies have included illustration, photography, creative writing and documentary making. Whilst studying I have always practised as an artist, largely as painter and illustrator, and assisted in the video editing and production of festival shows for the MICF.
I am currently ICT co-convenor, visual arts teacher and strategic team leader of Numeracy in a small state school in inner Melbourne in the Northern Region. I have been teaching students from Foundation to Year 6 in visual arts for four years, and was a generalist teacher for five years prior to this in the upper primary years.
From my experience networking with other primary schools, digital art is largely unattempted or undervalued when teaching visual arts. I’ve also experienced the challenge of changing school culture and practice, helping colleagues to understand the way technology permeates our students’ lives and how we can help students to learn more about ways to communicate and express themselves within the world today through means such as art.
As an advocate for digital learning I have designed and implemented several simple yet engaging digital art and design projects for primary aged students. Projects have centred around basic photography, animation and graphic design- many skills perhaps thought to be reserved for secondary students, yet proven exciting and relevant to the wider curriculum, introducing skills students need in real world creative and visual applications.