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Two Newbury College Art lecturers, Sarah Gordon and Victoria Burden have both been awarded Certificates of Excellence in the Pearson National Teaching Awards 2020.
 
The Pearson National Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach. The mission of the Pearson National Teaching Awards is to celebrate and recognise excellence in education. 
 
Sarah and Victoria were both nominated for the 2020 Award for Further Education Lecturer of the Year. Their nominations were based on the quality of teaching, and their work with employers, ensuring professional practice is embedded in all aspects of learning.
 
Sarah Gordon, Art and Design Lecturer commented; “I am so proud to be recognised for the community partnerships I have built. Working with clients such as Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and West Berkshire Museum has given our students invaluable opportunities and insight into the practicalities, constraints and creative potential of producing a professional standard of work for clients. Having their work displayed in the public domain is also integral in supporting the students' progression onto a career in the creative sector.”
 
Victoria Burden, who teaches Graphic Design, Creative Arts and Digital Photography at Newbury College, will also be leading the development of the higher level, HNC and HND, Art and Design programmes at University Centre Newbury. She commented; “Building strong working partnerships with employers is extremely important in ensuring students get the excellent industry experience they need, to progress their careers in the creative industry. I am delighted that this valuable work has been identified and am very proud to have achieved this award.”
 
Iain Wolloff, Principal and Chief Executive of Newbury College, said, “It is fantastic to see Sarah and Victoria’s hard work and dedication recognised on a national scale. We are incredibly proud to have them as members of the Newbury College team.” 
 
To develop your creative careers or rekindle a passion for art, with guidance from our excellent art team, take a look at your art options or follow the work produced by students on Instagram @newburycollegearts.
 
 
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Thursday, 16 July 2020 17:35

Care home residents creatively engaged

Newbury College and West Berkshire Council have been working together to ensure that residents of West Berkshire Care homes were able to have a creative outlet, during a time in which contact with the outside world has been severely limited. The overwhelming response received from residents has led to this creative display being transformed into a virtual art exhibition, for the whole community to share.

Newbury College has been delivering art sessions to residents of several West Berkshire residential care homes for many years. These offer residents not only a chance to learn new skills but also an opportunity to meet new people, improve fine motor skills and cognitive ability, and improve mental and emotional wellbeing.

When the lockdown hit in March, all site visits were immediately halted and it wasessential to both the College and West Berkshire Council, who fund the initiative, to find a way to keep residents actively engaged in learning during this difficult time. There is overwhelming evidence to support a strong link between mental and emotional wellbeing and creativity.

As a result, Tanya Reid, Newbury College Art Lecturer, emailed the care homes each week with an art project. The weekly projects focussed on different artists, with some history, interesting facts and detailed accounts of their style and examples of their work. The artists studied were Van Gogh, Vlaminck, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, the Pointillists and Banksy. Residents also learned how to make sculptures out of scrunched up paper.

Tanya Reid commented; “I wanted to give the learners a focussed activity each week, with examples to guide them as starting points and inspiration. The heart of the initiative was addressing the wellbeing of the residents through creative engagement. With limitations on materials available within the homes during the lockdown, I had to think outside of the box and encourage the use of recycled materials where possible.”

There were 65 pieces of artwork sent in altogether, mainly from Walnut Close in Thatcham and Willows Edge in Newbury. As Tanya explains: “The exhibition is not only a celebration of the wonderful artwork produced but also the fantastic work and dedication of the care home staff, who had to step into the role of teacher and guide the learners through the sessions; it was a real team effort!”

Community Learning Curriculum Manager Sarah Hemmings commented: “We were all so impressed with the artwork the learners had produced, and Tanya’s efforts, especially at a time when they were cut-off from friends and family. We are grateful to West Berkshire Council for providing an opportunity to share this amazing work with the local community, and their support in creating the virtual exhibition.” 

Graham Bridgman, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care said: “We’re delighted to be able to support this wonderful project that illustrates, literally, that the benefits of creativity are absolutely boundless in terms of mental and emotional wellbeing. This is particularly pertinent at a time when so much else is restricted.”

The virtual exhibition can be viewed on the West Berkshire Council website 

To find out more about the creative options available at for adults take a look at our adult community learning page

Newbury College and West Berkshire Council

have been working together to ensure that residents of West Berkshire Care homes

were able to have a creative outlet, during a time in which contact with the outside

world has been severely limited. The overwhelming response received from

residents has led to this creative display being transformed into a virtual art

exhibition, for the whole community to share.

 

Newbury College has been delivering art sessions to residents of several West

Berkshire residential care homes for many years. These offer residents not only a

chance to learn new skills but also an opportunity to meet new people, improve fine

motor skills and cognitive ability, and improve mental and emotional wellbeing.

 

When the lockdown hit in March, all site visits were immediately halted and it was

essential to both the College and West Berkshire Council, who fund the initiative, to

find a way to keep residents actively engaged in learning during this difficult time.

There is overwhelming evidence to support a strong link between mental and

emotional wellbeing and creativity.

 

As a result, Tanya Reid, Newbury College Art Lecturer, emailed the care homes

each week with an art project. The weekly projects focussed on different artists, with

some history, interesting facts and detailed accounts of their style and examples of

their work. The artists studied were Van Gogh, Vlaminck, Cezanne, Matisse,

Picasso, Kandinsky, the Pointillists and Banksy. Residents also learned how to make

sculptures out of scrunched up paper.

 

Tanya Reid commented; “I wanted to give the learners a focussed activity each week,

with examples to guide them as starting points and inspiration. The heart of the

initiative was addressing the wellbeing of the residents through creative

engagement.

 

With limitations on materials available within the homes during the lockdown, I had

to think outside of the box and encourage the use of recycled materials where

possible.”

 

There were 65 pieces of artwork sent in altogether, mainly from Walnut Close in

Thatcham and Willows Edge in Newbury. As Tanya explains: “The exhibition is not

only a celebration of the wonderful artwork produced but also the fantastic work and

dedication of the care home staff, who had to step into the role of teacher and guide

the learners through the sessions; it was a real team effort!”

 

Community Learning Curriculum Manager Sarah Hemmings commented: “We were all so impressed with the artwork the learners had produced, and Tanya’s efforts, especially at a time when they were cut-off from friends and family.

 

We are grateful to West Berkshire Council for providing an opportunity to share this amazing work with the local community, and their support in creating the virtual exhibition.”

 

Graham Bridgman, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care said: “We’re delighted to be able to support this wonderful project that illustrates, literally, that the benefits of creativity are absolutely boundless in terms of mental and emotional wellbeing.

 

This is particularly pertinent at a time when so much else is restricted.”

 

The virtual exhibition can be viewed on the West Berkshire Council website

To find out more about the creative options available at Newbury College visit www.newbury-college.ac.uk/adults/community

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