I enjoy pushing the boundaries by creating exciting new teaching approaches to the area. I enhance learner engagement and understanding by demonstrating a broad range of creative processes in a visual and practical way, making every effort to ensure my lessons are engaging and innovative. I believe learners should take risks with their work and push the boundaries to celebrate their mistakes as well as their achievements, whilst enhancing their critical thinking skills to generate a better understanding of their ideas, art theory and practice. I have a deep commitment to my own research which informs my teaching methodology this has made me an 'outstanding' teacher for my creative instruction observed by Ofsted.
My specialism is Fine Art mainly drawing and painting although I have worked across all disciplines in Art & Design. I have 6 years experience of teaching A-Level Fine Art & BTEC Level 2 & 3 Art & Design as head of course and Lead Internal Verifier. I have over 20 years experience of being a practising artist and community artist working with all age groups in both the public and private sector. I have a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and a PCGE with QTLS status.
Lucia Cunningham BA (Hons) PGCE
A qualified educationalist, Teacher: specialism A-Level Fine Art & BTEC L2 & L3 Art & Design, Lead Standards Verifier for the BTEC diplomas, Coordinator of Extended Project Qualification, Learning Programme Designer, Curriculum Planner, Manager of courses experience gained in both the private and public sectors.
Assessed as an ‘outstanding’ practitioner for my creative instruction style and assessment procedures, described as exemplary practice by Ofsted and used as best practice material.
Designer, implementer, coordinator, quality assurance of educational initiatives, materials and resources for Training, Teaching and Learning. Presentation skills – including facilitating small groups or presenting to large audiences.
Evaluator of programmes /courses to ensure high quality and efficiency of delivery through strategic reviews and action planning. Ability to draft reports and communications to time and quality requirements.
Social media marketer: Raising the profile of projects and initiatives through the effective use of social media, marketing and communication systems. Drafting and managing communications content and marketing material.
Events Manager: Exhibitions, book launches, workshops, residential trips, field trips, business development, grant funding and fundraising initiatives.
Specialist in Art & Design as a professional and community artist, operations manager of an art gallery, projects, workshops and teams. Strategic and creative thinker.
Excellent interpersonal, organisation, communication and strong ICT skills. Public speaker and networker at local and national level .
Effective leader and team player. personable and approachable. Ability to interact well with people at all levels in a broad range of settings.
Enthusiastic, driven, self-motivated, progressive and eager for a challenge.
QTLS: Qualified Teaching Society for Education and Training Oct 2012
Adult Literacy & Numeracy Edexcel Jun 2012
Level 2 (refresher)
PGCE in PCET Edge Hill University Jul 2012 (Level 7: Masters Level)
BA (Hons) in Fine Art Staffordshire University Jul 1997
BTEC National in Art & Shrewsbury College Aug 1994 Design & Art A-Level of Arts and Technology
9 GCSEs at grades A-C Orleton Park School Aug 1992
Teacher of Art Self Employed Sept 2018- currently
Assessor: A-level Fine Art Telford College May 2018
Art & Design Teacher New College now Telford College August 2012-April 2018 with extra responsibilities A-Level Fine Art & BTEC L2 & L3
Gallery Owner, Professional,
Community Artist Maws Craft Centre & Home Studio April 2004- Aug 2012
Trainee Teacher Oswestry Independent School Sep 2010-June 2012
Artist in Residence New College, Telford Aug 2008-Aug 2012
Virgin Vie Sales Consultant Home based: Party Plan Sales Jul 2005-Jun 2007
Arts Administrator North West Arts Board, Manchester Aug 1997-Oct 1998
Lead Community Artist CAN Community Arts, Manchester Aug 1997-Oct 1998
Vice- Chair of Governors Church Preen Primary School, Sep 2007-July 2011
Chair of Much Wenlock Much Wenlock, Shropshire Sep 2002-Sep 2013
Pre-School & Toddler Group
Family Support Volunteer Home-Start, Shropshire Oct 1999-March 2001
Member of SET: Society for Education and Training since March 2012
Member of FRESh: Fairness Respect & Equality Shropshire since July 2017
ACHIEVEMENTS: Keynote speech at the British Museum as part of the NSEAD annual conference. My online art magazine ‘Luby Art Scoop It’ has been awarded a gold badge which states: ‘I am a giant amongst curators online’ with 17.2k views and subscribers. I gained gold Artsmark status for Church Preen Primary School when I was school Governor.
INTERESTS: Travel, culture, painting, walking, socialising, fashion, street art photography, visiting galleries and museums.
Perfect! Lucia has helped me massively with my Art A Level Course, in particular, working through two sketchbooks which are weighted with a high percentage of the overall mark. What has helped me most is Lucia's extensive knowledge of the course, and by approaching my work with both positive reinforcement and constructive criticism. I have also found our one-on-one lessons to have greatly improved my understanding of such a demanding subject; achieved through Lucia's sharp attention to detail, which I have found to improve my creativity, confidence in my own work, and a more perceptive eye when seeing where I can do better as an art student.
Jess is a friendly, bright & diligent student. Her sketchbook pages are beautifully presented and are of a good standard. However, it is my role as her tutor to provide Jess with advice & guidence that can help her meet the higher grading critria and increase her confidence and enjoyment to make the relevant changes. I believe following our sessions Jess' grade will increase.
Having observed one of Lucia's lessons I can attest to its good organisation, relevant content and good atmosphere. Lucia displays effective interpersonal skills in the classroom with students.
Lucia was my art tutor at college, she was so encouraging and inspired me to continue my art studies at university and pursue an artistic career. A genuinely lovely person as well as a great teacher and artist!
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