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Teaching & Art Workshops

Danielle since 2004 has been an experienced art workshop leader before she graduated, since her study at Manchester University. In 2012, she returned to University of Blackburn, completing a Post Compulsory - Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) teaching on the Art and Design BTEC Foundation studies course (Level 3 and 4) at Blackpool and Fylde College, delivering taught sessions and guidance with;- drawing, painting, print, textiles, fashion and mixed media (2011-2012). 


Below the images demonstrate the variety of work she delivered from collage into explored abstraction, drawing with scissors, still life with mixed media, as-well as delivering printing workshops with etching processes, lino cut, relief printing and embossed.


Blackpool and Fylde College;- Art Tutor;- Below, features experimental work from the fashion textiles students on the BTEC Art Foundation course, using recycled mixed-media with diverse materials unconventionally creatively formulating shape and form. Making positive impacts on developing the learners motivational creations, expanding ideas, various instigating questions in discussion and post stick notes prompted the learners to expand on their  research, promote goals to achieve in the classroom, to encourage additional ways to achieve independently and within the group and dynamic. 

Seeing their confidences grow from the beginning of the course into developed identity styles within their practices, ready for their new adventures in many cases to University level. Reassuring and encouraging confidence to the learners, sharing inspiration of techniques, knowledge and links online to contextualise further their work, was imperative in their growth and flavour their creativity and artistic direction, and deeply rewarding as a tutor and artistic art workshop leader.


Lancashire College;- Part time position as an Art, Design and Wellbeing Tutor at The Lancashire Adult Learning, involved working alongside various inspiring groups of people at a wide range of establishments across Lancashire at; Community Centres, Mental Health Hospitals, Charities and Recovering Drug Addicts and Recovering Alcoholic Clinic Centres. The main drive was social and wellbeing aspects through art and craft as a tool to improve confidence with soft outcomes that enabled a wider range of people to engage to extend their social development in house at centres and hospital units and the wider public programmes which were funded by the European Social and Economic Fund.

Feedback and collaborations for the learners was key with NHS Occupational therapists and psychotherapists inhouse at Calderstones Mental Health Secure Unit Hospital, and the out patient care team therapist in the community group sessions in Penwortham/Preston, community managers, the outreach team at Lancashire College. The sessions were informal, friendly, exploratory, a main key focus was to include participation in all the groups through play, discussions, experiments, singular work, working in pairs or groups. Monitoring their progress of mood in the sessions and how well they were performing no matter how small or big was the main emphasis.


Danielle wanted to empower the learners, to build on their confidence within the group, seeing satisfaction and a sense of achievement was embracing.


Alfresco Music and Art Festival is a family oriented Music and Art Festival event, all children's activities were free once on site in the festival. Danielle held her Yappers Chappers Designs jewellery stall and ran art workshops for three years, utilising old festival & music flyers as a starting point for the participants to create two dimensional and three dimensional origami and artworks within a competition. Winners of the competition won jewellery from the Yappers Chappers Designs stall and had their photos taken for the facebook page;- 

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