I have been teaching art and delivering workshops to children, young people and adults for almost ten years. I have worked in a variety of settings including primary and secondary schools, charitable organisations, community centres and art galleries. I specialise in working with people with additional needs such as autism, learning disabilities, mental health difficulties and acquired brain injuries, but I love working with mainstream provisions as well.
I have recently completed a two-year Masters qualification in Inclusive Arts Practice, which has focused my attention on effective communication and how to make art activities accessible to all.
My approach when working with groups is to create a fun, calm and reassuring atmosphere which allows people to feel comfortable to explore and experiment with materials, where individual choice is primary and there are no right or wrong answers. I encourage self-belief and confidence in people’s abilities which in turn allows them, and others, to see themselves as artists.
I love painting and drawing, as well as collage and mixed media projects. I am not afraid to get messy with materials (!), work outside in nature or on larger projects, as well as organising displays of the artwork produced.
Sophie brings a wealth of ideas and diverse experience of working in the field of participatory arts/arts education. Sophie has a fantastic intuitive understanding of audience engagement, strong and considered communication skills and an interesting artistic practice encompassing a broad practical skillset. Sophie shows clear commitment to access which enables her to work with both mainstream and SEND schools and groups confidently and responsively. Sophie builds fantastic rapport with participants of all ages and her reliability and organisational skills make her a joy to work with on both short and long term projects.
Bethany Mitchell, MK Gallery Education Team