I have tutored for five years working with education concierge A&J Education, 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. In 2019, I was a Visiting Scholar at Yale University. 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.
PhD, Art History, University of St Andrews, 2018–21
Thesis title: Ruin to Reconstruction: Post-War British Art in the Transnational Field
Supervisors: Dr Catherine Spencer and Dr Natalie Adamson
MA, History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, 2017–18
Thesis title: Tactility, Identity, Expression: Documenting the Hands of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore
Special Option: ‘Making the Modern: art and visual culture in Britain 1890-1970’, supervised by Dr Sarah Turner
BA Hons, Art History, University of St Andrews, First Class, 2013–17
Dissertation title: Philip Drake Holmes: From Cityscape to Landscape
Awards and Honours
O. E. Saunders Prize for the most outstanding student in Art History, University of St Andrews, 2017
O. E. Saunders Memorial Long Dissertation Prize, University of St Andrews, 2017
Dean’s List, University of St Andrews, 2017
Dean’s List, University of St Andrews, 2016
Grants and Fellowships
Fully funded PhD scholarship awarded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, University of St Andrews, 2018-2021
Santander - St Leonard's College Research Mobility Scholarship, University of St Andrews, 2019
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Research Support Grant, 2019
Visiting Scholar Award, Yale Center for British Art, November – December 2019
Perfect! Isabelle is an excellent tutor! She worked with a friend of mine who needed help and my friend is absolutely thrilled so far. Isabelle is very knowledgeable in the entire field and her appointments at the Courtauld, St Andrews, and Yale in the US make her an efficient tutor and Art History mentor. Can highly recommend.
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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