I enjoy teaching on a one to one basis and as a class tutor, and I am flexible in my approach. I can provide feedback and advice for exam and portfolio work, plan, deliver and assess specific media-based lessons, develop skills and techniques through demonstrations, expand on knowledge and understanding through introducing a wide range of artists, movements and schools, as well as developing written skills in annotations essay writing and critical studies.
I am a practicing Artist Teacher, BA in Fine Art, PGCE Secondary Art & Design, and MA in Art and Education. I have 20 years of experience in teaching Primary, Secondary and Adult tuition, GCSE, A’Level, Arts Awards, exam preparation, and scholarship preparation. I provide one to one or group/class tuition in a range of media including; drawing, illustration, painting, printmaking, 3D, design, collage, textiles, digital art, photography, installation, and performance. My Artist practice is largely drawing and printmaking, I exhibit my own work annually and will work to commissions.
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Helen J. S. Edwards
E-mail: (concealed information)
Teacher Registration Number: 1053120
An accomplished Art teacher and Primary school teacher with outstanding classroom management skills and a genuine passion for teaching children of all abilities to help realize their full potential.
I am a compassionate, creative, and highly organized teacher with proficient in Art education across Key Stages one to five, as well as teaching the full primary curriculum in Key Stage two. I have valuable classroom experience committed to providing fun, engaging, and challenging lessons by teaching a range of skills, techniques, and media, with an aim to develop confidence in young people and exposing them to a rich and diverse education.
- Expertise in Art. - MA in Art & Education - Primary & Secondary
- Curriculum Mapping Training - CPD Staff training - Art Curriculum Coordinator.
- Behavior Management - Assessment & Feedback - High level Questioning
- PPA Cover, all Subjects - Project Planning - Resources Planning
ADDITIONAL SKILLS & TRAINING
- DBS Certification - Safeguarding - First Aid incl. Epi-pen
- Prevent - Dyscalculia & Maths Mastery - Swimming & Tennis
- I speak French at fluent conversational level, having worked and lived in France.
- I am proficient in using Word and PowerPoint. I can touch-type up to 60wpm.
2017 – to date MA Art & Education (Artist Teacher Practice).
Oxford Brookes University.
2010 – 2011 PGCE Secondary Art, Craft & Design.
Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University.
2007 – 2010 BA Fine Art 2:1.
Oxford Brookes University.
2000 – 2001 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.
City of Oxford College, Oxford.
2019 - Current. ArtOxford Private Tuition, Oxford & Environ.
Teaching a range of skills and techniques in Art and Design to children and adults including GCSE, A-Level, Foundation, Arts Awards, Life Drawing, one-to-one and group tutoring and workshops, on-line tutoring, CPD teacher training.
2007 – Current. Senior Tutor, Artworks School of Art & Design, Oxford.
Teaching pupils aged between seven and nineteen years on a one-to-one basis. Facilitating the pupils’ learning in skills, knowledge, and contextual studies in art, craft and design and assisting older students with GCSE, A-Level and foundation coursework. I also run, deliver, and moderate Arts Awards from Discovery to Gold. Skills taught have included a range of media, skills and techniques as well as contextual studies in architecture, the history of art, art movements, and critical studies on artists and works.
Sept 2013 – Current. Teacher, Arts Award Advisor, Art Coordinator & MFL Coordinator.
St. Mary & St. John School, Oxford.
Organising, planning and delivering the whole school art curriculum, as well as delivering CPD sessions to all teaching staff, planning art events and trips, and organising and curating exhibitions such as Artweeks. Planning, delivering and assessing subject curriculum across Key Stage two. Organising subject related trips and educational visits. Providing feedback during parent consultations, pupil reports, pupil progress meetings, and meetings relating to children with SEND including outside agencies. Attending regular CPD staff meetings and training.
Sept 2011 - July 2012 Private Tutor & Supply Teacher, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire.
Teaching a range of subjects to pupils across key stages 1 to 5 in several Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire based schools. Duties included leading a tutor group, planning, teaching, and assessing Graphics to years 7 and 8; planning, teaching, and assessing Art to key stages 3, 4 and 5 including invigilating and moderating GCSE and AS level course and exam work, and organising extra-curricular Art clubs at schools. I also worked at a SEN charity school for 6 weeks teaching Art and PSCHE to pupils across the SEN spectrum.
Sept 2007 - June 2011 Trainee Teacher, PGCE. Oxford Brookes University.
Responsible for teaching children in key stages three, four and five which included planning and delivering lessons in 2D and 3D art, craft and design, critical studies, assessing coursework and exam preparation, and assisted in the moderation of exam work and coursework. I also lead a tutor group which included planning and delivering lessons in PHSE. In addition, I taught a year ten B-TEC classes in Art, attended trips, and taught extra-curricular classes in life drawing.
Sept 2005 – July 2007 Teaching Assistant, St Ebbes First CE (aided) School, Oxford.
Primarily responsible for teaching a child with SEN, this included meeting with outside agencies and therapists. I was also responsible for facilitating teaching in cross-curricular subjects to children in keys stages one and two as well as covering classes in Art, Maths, RE and teaching BSL sign language, and teaching children with SEN on a one-to-one basis. I produced artwork for school productions and was primarily responsible for arranged display boards throughout the school.
Sept 2001 – July 2005 Supervisor / SENCO / Teacher. Oxford Montessori Schools.
Responsible for supervising staff, producing schemes of work, and teaching children aged between two and four years the Montessori curriculum and method. I was also the Special Educational Needs Coordinator, which included liaising with outside agencies in order to produce IEP’s for children with a wide range of SEN including semantic-pragmatic disorder, autism, hearing impairments as well as children with mental and physical disabilities.
Dec 1990 - July 1997 Personal Assistant, Gulliver’s Travel Agency, London.
This position was created to suit my particular skills as a travel coordinator for France and my administrative experience within the company. As well as regular secretarial and P.A. work, I also had duties that involved working independently. My duties included negotiating contracts, promoting the company and meeting competitors, maintaining good relations with clients, in-depth reports on statistics for contract use, and helping in the preparation of contracts and negotiating rates.
SKILLS IN ART TEACHING & PRACTICE
• Drawing – Observation & Life Drawing / Conceptual / Experimental / Illustration.
• Painting - Powder / Block / Poster / Acrylic / Gouache / Watercolour / Silk / Ink / Oil.
• 3D - Wire / Clay / Mod-roc / Card / Paper-mache/ Mosaic / Installations.
• Film - Stop Motion Animation / Film (Final-Cut Pro and iMovie) / Performance / Installations.
• Photography / Photoshop (basic).
• Print - Etching (Dry-point & metal grounded plates).
• Screen-printing / Collagraphs/ Mono-printing / Lino (inc. reduction) /
• Japanese wood block printing / Wood cut.
• Fabric painting / Silk painting / Batik / Dying / Tie-dying.
• Felt making 3D and 2D.
• Fashion design / Sewing - hand and machine / Working from pattern cuts.
• Designing Logos / Sublimating design on to hard and soft surfaces.
• Designing Children’s menus, games, and pop-up cards with mechanisms
Online Exhibition Dissertation Etching / Multi-Media
The Nuffield Hospital, Traces Group Exhibition Etching / Multi-Media
Oxford Brookes University ATS MA Exhibition. Etching / Multi-Media
Artweeks, Artworks School of Art and Design, Oxford Etching / Multi-Media
Artweeks, Artworks School of Art and Design, Oxford. Etching / Multi-Media
Artweeks, SSMJ, Oxford Etching
Life Story Exhibition, Magdalen Road Church, Oxford. Etching
Artweeks, Artworks School of Art and Design, Oxford Etching
Artweeks, SSMJ, Oxford Drawing
Artweeks, Artworks School of Art and Design, Oxford. Etching / Drawing
Artweeks, SSMJ, Oxford Drawing
Artweeks, Artworks School of Art and Design, Oxford. Painting
Modern Art Oxford, Oxford Film
Cohesion, The Pegasus, Oxford Film
Oxford Brookes University, Final show. Film
Ovada, Christmas Night Fair, Oxford. Film
Helen is a very friendly and helpful tutor. She always makes sure her clients understand the work and she is always happily ready to help.
Helen is a really art lovely teacher. She's incredibly supportive and helps each student reach their personal goals without pushing too hard. That being said, if you need guidance on solidifying ideas and projects, she will 100% help! Could not reccomend more!
Helen is an amazing art teacher! She has an inordinate amount of patience and is friendly, calm and professional in her approach. She has a fantastic ability to engage kids in art and build their self-confidence whilst supporting them on their journey of self-discovery. She thinks outside the box and is full of creative ideas from across the artistic spectrum. I wish I’d had Helen as an art teacher when I was at school!
I have known Helen for many years in a professional capacity. I was her PGCE tutor and am currently supervising her Master's study. I have always been impressed with the depth and range of Helen's subject knowledge, her thoughtful attention to planning and her ability to deliver art and design lessons with innovation and care. Helen is a brilliant teacher!
Helen tutored me while I attended ArtWorks for 3 years during secondary school, helping me develop my own personal style of painting and she equipped me with skills to improve my pieces that I still use today. Helen was also a brilliant help when I did art GCSE, helping me with coursework ideas and the development of final pieces, introducing me to new techniques that I otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity to learn, and also introducing me to new artists in the process for inspiration.
Helen really helped me to also build my confidence in my art work, highly recommended!
Helen has been tutoring our daughter for five years, and I have known Helen for much longer. Helen is of impeccable trustworthiness.
Helen is an excellent tutor with proficiency in many different materials. She can work with any level of ability (both my younger siblings were also taught by Helen). She is always lovely and encouraging, which makes any lesson with her a joy.
Studying with Helen for many years really helped kindle my passion for art which is an integral part of my personality to this day and to improve my technical ability. She comes highly recommended!
Helen has helped me develop my art techniques immensely! With her patience and warm outgoing personality she has aided me in exploring art from my own unique stance, listening to my struggles and advising me. I greatly respect her opinion and feel that she possess a real depth in knowledge about art which I value massively.
Helen has committed her life to art and education. In addition to that, she has a natural warmth and curiosity, which makes her an excellent teacher. Why would you not want to be taught by someone like that?
Helen has been teaching my daughter art for several years and I can happily recommend her. My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Helen because she is warm and encouraging. She has a kind, gentle manner that brings out the best in students. Yet she is also rigorous and knows how to inspire them to raise their game. She gives good, clear feedback to pupils and parents. My daughter completed the Bronze Award with Helen at a young age and I was very impressed with her thoroughness and knowledge of what was needed to make the grade. She didn't just do this for my daughter, she kept everyone on track to excel and was steady as a rock. She is fair and takes the time to assess where the work is at. Helen is also an accomplished artist with a wide knowledge of her field and many skills and techniques that she shares with her students. She provides inspirational guidance and encouragement based on her own mastery. In short, Helen is great at both inspiring and motivating students of all ages but also at giving expert teaching that gives them the tools to deliver and excel.
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