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Andie has many years of experience of teaching and running workshops based on drawing skills and working with the figure with secondary school students and in the Adult Education sector throughout west Wales.

Fifteen years of teaching extra -curricular Life Drawing to secondary school pupils brought favourable recognition from national examination boards. She studied with, and twice brought the Royal Academy on an Outreach basis to Cardigan Secondary School for Life Drawing workshops. Co-ordinating a schools workshop with Mugenkyo Taiko Drumming Group involved students both drawing the performance, and performing themselves.

Her work in the Adult Education sector involved working for Aberystwyth University as an Outreach Tutor, Oriel Myrddin in Carmarthen, Haverfordwest Community Education, The Tabernacl Machynlleth (MOMA Wales) funded via the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Monmouth School amongst others.

“In my teaching I set out to nurture and develop the personal vision that each of us has if we can only find the key to unlock it,” she says. “To be able to give someone the confidence to believe in themselves in this way is one of life’s rich rewards. This approach stems from the way I have taught myself to paint and draw.  Having trained in Graphic Design meant I received no formal education in painting and drawing skills, but I see this as a positive thing as I do not come to my work encumbered by the many ‘rules’ I often see my students weighted down by.”

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Recent teaching includes running workshops with innovative combinations, such as combining tai chi practice with life drawing, the practice of mixed media landscape through the Eastern approach to problem solving, and musical performance with the exploration of mark making. These unique workshops come under the umbrella title of ‘Going With the Flow’.

“If you can see, you can see with your nose and smell with your ears. Gregorian chant has the scent of incense. The fragrance of apple blossoms can be seen: soft whitish-pink with the golden light of Spring.” F. Franck, The Zen of Seeing

Andie currently works as a freelance teacher and if your school/college/group would like to experience her highly motivational methods of working please go to the contact page. Andie is equally adept at providing tuition on a one to one basis as to a larger group of students.

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You brought a refreshing approach to drawing and I will be encouraged to trust my instinct from now on! Thank you. PP, Pembrokeshire

The application of tai chi principles to life drawing is so relevant and interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of both. AR, Swindon

Having experienced many examples of good and bad teaching, I have to say that yours is right up there, top of the league. RL, Carmarthen

What an inspirational day. I want to go home and draw now. SE, Cardigan

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