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Theodora
« Chris helped me last year to build a portfolio for all of my university applications and interviews. He helped me so much and taught me many techniques that I now use all the time which has made my work so much stronger. He is a great tutor and I would highly recommend him ! »
£60/h
1st lesson free!
Tutor profile verified
Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by Christopher
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Drawing
  • Art and Design
  • Illustration
Levels
  • All Levels

Central Saint Martins, experimental drawing techniques for Art and Design in London

Methodology

Christopher Kelly is a mentor and educator working with some of the most prestigious design schools in the world. He has taught students of all ages from high school to higher education and beyond. As a private mentor Christopher works with students both online and in person, "My tailored lessons are devised to deliver what my students require, but my main focus is to extract each student’s instinctive talents and build a strong body of work. I am an accomplished creative mentor and I always get the best from my students''.

Christopher currently teaches at Central Saint Martin’s alongside his fashion design career. “My role as associate lecturer at CSM is a great compliment to my design career and I find that both worlds feed into each other allowing for a rich and invigorating tapestry to be woven”.

Christopher has a diverse background in design; his experience in fashion, art direction, set design and prop making gives him a true understanding of the design process from concept to construction. His new fashion collection Christopher Kelly + is an ever-evolving collection of garments and accessories, which make a complete head to toe look. Christopher's work is sold internationally and receives great success most prominently in London, Japan and China.

Christopher’s set and prop design work also receives great international acclaim and to date his giant polar bear marionette 'Aurora' continues to tour the world, bringing awareness to the planets climate changes for international charity Greenpeace.

Background

Christopher Kelly is a mentor and educator working with some of the most prestigious design schools in the world. He has taught students of all ages from high school to higher education and beyond. As a private mentor Christopher works with students both online and in person, "My tailored lessons are devised to deliver what my students require, but my main focus is to extract each student’s instinctive talents and build a strong body of work. I am an accomplished creative mentor and I always get the best from my students''.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £60/h
Lessons offered by Christopher
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Drawing
  • Art and Design
  • Illustration
Levels
  • All Levels

Christopher's CV

Design Lecturer;

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, September 2012 – On going
Associate lecturer; Fashion Foundation / Short course tutor.
+ project brief and lesson plan conception and delivery - skills based workshop creation & delivery - observational drawing and illustration - textile and colour lectures - Writing/delivering short courses and residential summer school

Private tuition, freelance, August 2016 - On going
Private tutor/mentor; Lunyee university, China - Lakhani Coaching, NYC - Individual students, internationally
+ write and deliver bespoke projects - Fashion illustration technique development - critique and tutorials - portfolio building

Victoria & Albert Museum, November 2017 - December 2017
Visiting tutor. Fashion illustraion workshop
+ Create workshop - Fashion illustration technique development - Interaction with the Museums objects - critique and tutorials

Beijing Acadamy of Creative Arts (BACA), December 2016
Visiting tutor. Fashion illustraion workshop
+ write and deliver bespoke projects in fashion design and prop making - critique and tutorials - portfolio building

National Portrait Gallery, February 2014 - September 2015
Visiting Artist. Set Design and Photography Workshop
+ Lecture on career and set design - lead workshop team - direct student led studio photo shoot inspired by gallery portraits

Fashion & Styling;

HMX Media. Alcatel promo advert, October 2016
Art director and Stylist
+ As art director and stylist I created 3 x separate colour change sets that had to respond to the live action sequences, popping between primary colours with exact set, garment and prop matches.

Coatmaker, June 2016
Art director and Stylist
+ Model sourcing - Creative team management - garment sourcing and styling - art direction for full look book

Erland and the carnival. Music video via Make Films, May 2014
Fashion stylist
+ Source a selection of outfits for two lead roles - work with director and talent to produce final outfits

Jennifer Pattison. Flower boys photo shoot, March 2012 – On going
Art director and Fashion stylist
+ Art direct and style fifteen male models for a series of images as part of a collaboration with Jennifer Pattison

Alison Moyet. Music video via Pd3, January - September 2013
Fashion stylist
+ Source outfits for Alison Moyet for 2 seperate music videos - work with director and talent to produce final outfits

Simon Costin, March 2012 - April 2013
Costume and Prop build
+ Costume / prop design - pattern cutting - fabric sourcing - garment / prop construction prop sourcing / building

London 2012 Summer Olympics, Opening Ceremony, June 2012
Costume design and construction
+ Design outfits for dance troop, Unity - bespoke fittings - pattern cutting - fabric sourcing - Sampling / production

T d l M, October 2008 - March 2013
Own brand, menswear. Creative director and Designer.
+ Design - pattern cutting - textile production - production management - International sales - PR and marketing

Michiko Koshino, October 2005 - September 2008 Mens denim wear designer.
+ Design 80 piece collections - In house sampling - Italian production management - International selling collection

Shirley Geek, March 2003 - October 2005
Production / Studio manager & Assistant designer
+ Design and produce hand made T-shirts - Manage a team of 20 seamstresses - export to international clients

Joie, October 2001 - September 2002
Window designer and visual merchandising
+ Design for independent London boutique - source props for windows - set design and construction - visual merchandising.

Set & Prop design

Christopher Kelly Design, March 2013 – On going
Own design company
+ Set design - prop making - interior design - Bespoke design commissions - private exhibitions - fashion styling – Art direction

Irina Korina and The Gallery for Russian Art and Design, Aug 2016 - Feb 2017
Prop designer and Maker
+ Working with artist Irina Korina I was commissioned to bring to life her latest exhibition of hyper real elemental emoji sculptures. Each textile sculpture was designed and constructed by myself and my team of makers.

Carlos Jimenez and The Chinese Embassy, Aug - Sept 2016
Prop designer and Maker
+ Working with photographer and film maker Carlos Jimenz I designed and created a fully functional Chinese rock garden for his latest film piece ‘The Readers’.

Greenpeace
Prop maker, Set designer and costume maker
+ Spider Monkey sculpt and costume making, October 2016
+ Air pollution masks for London statues, April 2016
+ Giant iceberg / ship floats, September 2015
+ Giant Lego brick sculpture maker, July 2014
+ ‘Aurora’ giant man powered marionette. Designer & Creative Director, June 2013
+ Prop design and build 250 wearable realistic polar bear heads, July 2011

+ I have worked with charitable organisation Greenpeace on some of their most exciting, successful and challenging art actions to date. The biggest challenge and most rewarding project was ‘Aurora’ the worlds largest polar bear marionette.

Eelyn Lee Productions
Art Director, Set designer, prop maker and Stylist
+ Whitechapel Gallery, Jan 2016 - Feb 2017
+ Barbican Centre, October 2014
+ National Portrait Gallery, March 2014

+ Working on Eelyn Lee’s short film ‘Monster’ has been an exciting and developmental process. My role as art director has been integral to the overall image of the film as well as developing interactive props for several workshops that engage with schools and local communities.

The Independent on Sunday, Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
Set designer and stylist.
+ Working with photographers WilMa I created brightly coloured sets & props for the publications weekly fashion and interiors page.

Derby university, 1996-2000
BA Hons fashion studies 2.1
Course included: fashion design /construction
Business & marketing and 1 year industry
experience

Basingstoke College of Tech, 1994-1996
BTEC National Diploma in Fashion & Textiles.
Distinction & student of the year.

Eastleigh College, 1993-1994
GNVQ Art & Design. Pass
Qualification Includes Mathematics & English
Lit/Lang. GCSE Level.

Skills

+ Passionate educator and mentor
+ Accomplished visual designer and communicator
+ Strong communication skills with international students
+ Excellent Drawing and illustration skills
+ Accomplished fashion stylist
+ Skillful sculptor and Painter
+ Ability to work across many disciplines and mediums
+ Adaptable in all situations and environments
+ Competent in - Adobe Suite and Microsoft office
+ Professional and organised
+ Great team player and collaborator

Aside from my freelance design and teaching career I invest my time in as many creative projects as I can fit in. I love to challenge myself with new disciplines and mediums. I’m currently working on a childrens animation project that brings together my love of character creation and colaboration. To relax I spend time in the countryside taking long walks with my partner and or puppy. I am also learning to speak Spanish.

3 reviews on Christopher
  • 5/5

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3 recommendations

T
Theodora

Chris helped me last year to build a portfolio for all of my university applications and interviews. He helped me so much and taught me many techniques that I now use all the time which has made my work so much stronger. He is a great tutor and I would highly recommend him !

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Aisha

Christopher has been my design/art tutor for the past three years. With his help, I have been able to overcome many of my hesitations when it comes to drawing. One of the most important lessons I have learned is to accept the result when it does not turn out the way I expected it and decipher what I would do differently next time. Overall, Christopher has tremendously contributed to the strengthening of my problem solving skills as related to art and life. I am extremely thankful to have had such a wonderful teacher that has always offered me a fresh perspective and directed advice. I definitely would recommend Christopher to other Superprof members, as his lessons are well structured, innovative, and of course very helpful.

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Vital

I met chris a few years ago in a costume design workshop, the relevance and the way he taught inspired me a lot. so I continued to work with him for more than a year by skype, where he taught me methods of drapping, cutting as well as hat and costume design. I also had drawings lessons with him. He has a great way of addressing the subject of the drawing, passes through many different channels and working logical and relevant, how to draw material where a movement express the sensation that we feel and perfect agreement with the forms and movements we see.

I strongly recommend christopher kelly as a tutor!

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