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2018 – The Arts School

Wow! It’s been a long time since I posted and the reasons good!

The Arts School is up and running and I am loving teaching again! Now we start the new year with lots of courses and a new teacher working with us teaching watercolour (Jo Hudson).

Come and take a class and hopefully enjoy it as much as our past students (and we) do! www.theartsschool.co.uk


The Arts School

Getting ready to run a taster day at The Arts School tomorrow.

General Art is one of my favourite courses as it is project based and gives you a chance to try different materials out and develop your own ideas and work. 

If you are interested in this course or any others, please visit or website email me at sophie@theartsschool.co.uk


The Arts School

Met a lovely life model today for our figurative drawing class.

Come and join us on one of our courses!


The Arts School – the start

So I have been quiet because I have been busy! 

1) the boy who will be 7 months old next week, amazing! 

I could spend all day watching him learn the world! The greatest time consumers!

2) The Little Art on the Green, more details next week

And 3) 

I have started an arts school! 

The Arts School will start running day courses in Drawing and Mark making and Reflective Practise. Come and spend the day on a beautiful farm in East Sussex. 60 acres of woods, fields and lakes. A delicious lunch is included, provided by Sam. So excited! A few spaces left for our intro day on July 8th and confirmed dates to follow! 

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Another end of term, and another end of contract. This year was a one year maternity cover for an a Art and Design BTEC level 3 tutor.

I think this has been my hardest year teaching. This is been a blend of working in a new environment, personal issues effecting my professional life as my husbands continues to wait for a heart transplant, some of the most difficult students I have ever taught, and some of the sweetest students I have ever taught.

It has made me decide to leave teaching formal education and try making a living from my own work. It has helped me be confident in myself, my skills, and my professionalism.

This year I have learnt to say no, understand when I need to stop, give myself a break. Amazingly if you do that, then you have more energy, focus and resolve to get things that need to be done competed, and those that aren’t important you can identify, and let go.

Today my mantras are:
Go out and live it,
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes,
Try, try and try again but…
Know when something is wrong and chose to fix it or leave it behind
Make time to sit with friends and loved one and share a meal

I thank all those that did this year’s journey with me, and wish them luck, happiness and health for the future.

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End of another academic year

So it’s the end of another academic year! Students done well, I’ve tried my best, learnt lots having taught different courses, hope I inspired them for good not evil!
And it ended with a lovely walk through a field with some gorgeous colleagues, and a delicious meal prepared by my husband when I got home, which ain’t bad for a man with a dodgy ticker!
Once again the future employment situation is uncertain, which I guess is felt by allot of teachers in the UK, but I hope to continue to work at the college, and if not let’s hope for new and exciting things to happen. Here are a few pictures of today. Sun keep shining!