I have tutored for three years working with education concierge Allen & Jain, specialising in GCSE, A-Level, undergraduate and post-graduate level Art History tutoring. I have a vast knowledge of both Western and Non-Western art histories, covering a period from 1280 – present day. I combine a comprehensive chronological approach to the subject with extensive visual analysis training as well as theoretical, historical and conceptual frameworks that enable students to develop and harness a critical eye, essential for the discipline. Believing that the gallery, museum or archive is the best environment for an Art Historian to learn, I often take my students to galleries around London to study in front of the works of art themselves in order to consider not only the important visual aspects of the work, but to further acknowledge their historical and present-day social contexts. Through this, my students are able to develop and foster a life-long interest in the arts.
The periods of Art History that I teach range from:
- The early art of the Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe
- Art and architecture in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
- The history and theory of European art, architecture and design from the French Revolution to Vienna 1900
- Twentieth century art, focussing on Cubism, Abstract Expressionism and Postmodernism
- Art Nouveau and Secession style
- Russian art between 1860 – 1910
- Early modern and post-war British art
- Performance art post 1960
I also introduce my students to important theoretical and conceptual aspects of Art History alongside these periodisations, challenging canonical narratives of the discipline.
Preparing a competitive UCAS application for Art History courses can be difficult as this subject is not always taught at GCSE or A-Level. In order to help my students that want to study Art History at undergraduate level win successful university places, I specialise in personal statement writing for institutions like the Courtauld Institute of Art and Oxbridge, as well as interview preparation. I compose a specific reading list for each student catered to the courses they will be applying for and will recommend specific conferences and exhibitions to attend in the run-up to UCAS submission.
At university, the dissertation component of the undergraduate and post-graduate degree is often the most challenging task for the students. Having won the Long-Dissertation Prize for the most outstanding piece of original research at St Andrews, I am able to help the students with primary archival research, teaching them how to use the resources at archives as this skill, although expected from their course supervisors, is not explicitly taught. I further help the students with structuring, planning and editing their thesis.
Hello I’m Isabelle.
I am a PhD student at the University of St Andrews. As a committed scholar and academic, I most enjoy sharing my love for visual culture with other enthusiastic Art Historians. I completed my BA at the University of St Andrews, where I achieved a first-class degree and was awarded the O. E. Saunders Prize given to the most outstanding student in Art History. My dissertation won the Long Dissertation Prize in the subject, achieving the highest grade in my cohort; on the recommendation of my tutors, it was put forward for the national Association of Art Historians Dissertation Prize. I then went on to do an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art, specialising in British Modernism.
Whilst maintaining a strong academic trajectory, I gained relevant professional experience in the field, completing internships at Buckingham Palace, Rosebery’s Auctioneers, Bonhams and ARCADE contemporary art gallery. Based on these experiences, I am able to give students specific careers advice and facilitate internship opportunities through contact with these institutions.
RESEARCH ASSISTANT, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS - JUNE 2017
I was a research assistant for Dr Karen Brown, director of the School’s Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute, working on her project that focused on the representation of the West Indies at 18th and 19th century world fairs. The task consisted of forming an image database which organised images found in world fair specific online archives. I then compiled an extensive bibliography that focused on Collective History, Memory and Community Museums.
RESEARCH ASSISTANT, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS - JUNE - AUGUST 2016
Working alongside Ann Gunn, Museums and Galleries studies Professor of Art History at St Andrews, I had the responsibility of organising Ann’s research on 18th Century Printmaking in Scotland. This involved creating a database to organise the vast research uncovered. The database will eventually be available online and can be accessed world wide, enabling a network to be established between other institutions including museums, galleries and university collections.
JEWELLERY DEPARTMENT, BONHAMS; EDINBURGH/KNIGHTSBRIDGE/BOND ST — 2015 - PRESENT
As a viewing assistant, I had the responsibility of organising the lots within the jewellery cabinets in a visually attractive way in order to encourage interest, helping clients look at the pieces within the auction and providing them with information including condition reports. The role required using vigilance when handling objects especially those of high value and ensuring the smooth running of the auction itself.
TUTOR, ALLEN & JAIN EDUCATION CONCIERGE LTD, 2015 - PRESENT
As a tutor working with Allen & Jain, I specialize in GCSE, A-Level, undergraduate and post-graduate level History of Art tutoring. Believing that the gallery, museum or archive is the best environment for an Art Historian to learn, I often take my students to galleries around London to study in front of the works of art themselves in order to consider not only the important visual aspects of the work, but to further acknowledge their historical and present-day social contexts. I further help my students prepare competitive UCAS applications, write personal statements and give interview preparation in order to gain successful places to study History of Art at university level.
INTERN, ROSEBERY’S AUCTIONEERS; LONDON — 2015
As an intern, my role involved running sheets during the auction, communicating with the accounts department during the sale and ensuring the smooth running of collections post sale. I also had the responsibility of photographing new lots for the next catalogue and manipulating them after using Photoshop, carrying out condition reports and shadowing valuations.
BARISTA, GORGEOUS LTD; ST ANDREWS — 2014 - PRESENT
I have always flourished in an environment that requires a considerable amount of interaction with customers and this has been enhanced further through working at Gorgeous. The most important skill that I feel I have gained through working here is the ability to balance a paid job alongside a time-consuming degree.
SUMMER WARDEN, BUCKINGHAM PALACE; LONDON — 2014
Representing the Royal Collection, I was required to enhance the visitor experience by greeting visitors and engaging with the general public. Through this experience, I demonstrated the ability to communicate with an internationally diverse group of people, providing them with information about Buckingham Palace in a clear, concise way. I also had to ensure that the environment was safe for visitors, working as part of a team.
ARCADE, CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY; LONDON — 2011
At Arcade, my role involved representing the artists and promoting their works to international clients, greeting those visiting the gallery and providing them with information about the works, acting as a mediator between the artist and the clients.
University of St Andrews, PhD
I have been accepted to study for doctoral research on the post-war period of British art. My thesis title is: Ruin to Reconstruction: Post-war British Art in the Transnational Field.
September 2018 - 2021
Courtauld Institute of Art, MA
Special Option: Making the Modern: art and visual culture in Britain 1890 – 1970.
2017 – Present
University of St. Andrews, Scotland - MA Art History (Hons)
2013 - 2017
Awarded First Class Honours
Woodford County High School Sixth Form, Essex
2011 - 2013
A Level Grades:
Classical Civilisation: A
Art and Design: A
As Level Grades: French - B
Woodford County High School, Essex
2009 - 2011
Ten GCSE a*-A Qualifications in: Art and Design, Classical Civilisation, French, History, Mathematics English Literature, English Language, Double Science, ICT.
ACADEMIC AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
2016/17 Deans’ List - Awarded to students who average about 16.5 (1st class honours) in all modules across the academic year.
2016/2017 O E Saunders Memorial Long Dissertation Prize - Awarded for the best long dissertation in Art History achieving a mark of 18 or more.
2016/2017 O E Saunders Prize - Awarded to the most outstanding student in Art History achieving the highest grade.
2015/2016 Deans’ List - Awarded to the students who average 16.5 in all modules across the academic year.
2015/2016 Undergraduate Research Assistantship Programme - Awarded for completing a high quality research-based assistantship.
Perfect! Isabelle’s teaching is excellent. She is a very warm and organised tutor who always prepares the lesson plan and comments for her student before and after class. In addition, she is very knowledgeable who helped my application and basic theory a lot. I will keep learning from her, indeed she enriched my summer!
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