Barbara trained as a Primary School teacher (specialising in ‘Early Years’) at Rachel McMillan College of Education, London. During this time she studied all aspects of the primary education curriculum but concentrated, as a main subject area, on Art – printing and textiles. The College was linked with Goldsmiths and shared lecturers in the Arts subject areas.
After completing her Certificate in Education she taught for thirteen years in several Primary Schools in Birmingham. She also studied for and completed a B.Phil.Ed. degree at Warwick University and a Diploma in Special Needs Education with the Open University. During these years she saw the value that Art had in the curriculum of primary aged children. They became totally absorbed!
Over the past ten years she has enjoyed many ‘art education’ courses put on for teachers by the Warwickshire County Arts Advisor. These have been both exciting and stimulating and led to new challenges. Involvement in art is a journey that never ends!
Barbara’s own art fuses the children’s experimentation with her own. Thirty children will/should produce thirty unique interpretations, which is what she finds exciting.
Barbara uses recyclable materials to include any ‘leftovers’ – paint, papers and general ‘rubbish’ (bubble wrap, broken wax crayons, scrap card, leggo pieces, rollers, sponges, etc.) to experiment with in applying paint to paper. She uses mostly watercolours and printing inks, but also experiment with other media.
Barbara has also been involved in organising and exhibiting in art exhibitions to raise money for charities that she is interested in (a HOPE HIV/AIDS orphanage in south Africa, a Romanian charity who work with the destitute and poor in Cluj and other towns and cities in Romania and Operation Christmas Child, delivering gifts to deprived children around the world). Children’s art has also been part of these exhibitions, as she still believes that their visual interpretations are unique and exciting and continue to stimulate her.
Barbara regularly exhibits her work with local art societies and at ‘The Gallery at the Guild’, The Old Silk Mill, Sheep Street, Chipping Campden. www.thegalleryattheguild.co.uk