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Tutoring in: Art
My first ever attempt at art was as a 20 year old, the start of 11 years of being mostly self-taught. Then 4 years at art school, the 4th year being a Graduate Diploma. My art school training was mainly painting and drawing early on then sculpture also later on. Although I have exhibited work at some prestigious galleries with some response from art critics, I have chosen to mainly return to art that is more accessible to a wide spectrum of people, some of whom will have limited education in art or art appreciation. I believe I relate to this approach as I first left school at 14 and worked in low prestige, low paid jobs. For many years I also took a keen interest in humanitarian groups and did a lot of voluntary art for them, as well as some left-wing political organisations.
As my art has mostly been of a precise and detailed nature I developed the skills needed to work in industries such a screen printing, clothing companies and a photo lab.
My approach to, and interest in art, has been influenced by psychological difficulties in childhood and part of my adult life.
My teaching experience so far has been limited to a few guest lecturer days at tertiary institutions, a series of art classes at a centre for people with psych. disabilities and some temporary art programs for children.
My art career has at times been interspersed with other jobs such as 5 years in the navy, proof reading, nursing and 12 years as carer for my late wife.
I enjoy including a sense of humour in my art. I have an inquiring mind, taking an interest in a wide variety of subjects.
I would encourage any course participant who wants to explore and attempt experimental or cutting eduge art. However, I believe it is valuable to firstly develop some skills in realistic depiction of whatever subject matter interests you.
To find out more about Peter, read Peter's Story.