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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



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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Saturday Addition: 11.01.14

So thus far this year I have actually stuck to some of my year plans! But this has meant a lack of time to write a research post. Therefore today I am going to share my other blog and research.

My new year plan was to run a project over a period of time. This is is called L.U.N.C.H.

Live Life Love
Nothing and everything
History humanity and humour

A photograph a day
Taken at lunch (hence the blog title of L.U.N.C.H.)
Documenting my life travel through one year.
The Title of each work is the date (01.01.14-31.12.14).

To develop my photographic practise
To create a body of work that considers time
To document my year, and allow something unknown and expected to evolve”

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My other challenge is to make myself draw every day, even if it is a little doodle, again so far so good!


This work is created by Sophie Mayer

Happy New Years: what is your plan?

Having read others blogs exploring what their aims for the new year are, I have been inspired to define what I am trying to do. I am aiming for clarity through a reflective practise, and as I try to teach my students to have a reflective practise, and I am also trying to practice what I preach. I currently have 3 blogs and am hoping to develop an online shop in 2014.

The Artist in 6a is my general blog that contains:
1) spontaneous posts as and when something inspires me,
2) “Wednesday Addition : Little Piece of Art” to help keep me making,
3) “Saturday Addition” my space for critical thinking by discussions the work of others.
4) a small portfolio of my work

L.U.N.C.H. is my new blog for 2014 to help me develop my photographic expertise and interest. It consists of one photograph a day taken at Lunch. The reason for lunch is that I tried taking pictures at a certain time, e.g. 9am, but then I slept in, or was at work, or some other reason for it not happening. But I am always somewhere for lunch. This project is a document of images of where and what I do over a year, I hope it evolves into something interesting, but it is just me at lunch time, so could just show my poor diet!

Lastly Little Stories by Sophie is my attempt at developing writing, story telling and illustration.

Thank you to all the inspiring blogs I have read this year, thank you for liking my posts, and I hope you have a fantastic 2014!

This work is created by Sophie Mayer