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Me, the student...

Bachelor of Design - Spatial,

Diploma of Interior Design,

Certificate in Applied Social Science,

Certificate in Community Studies. 

1 Year full-time Fine Arts painting class.

 

But wait there's more...

An eternal student of all things creative... 

Mixed Media, water colour, jewellery,
furniture making, stained glass classes.

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The Designer in me...

I LOVE designing & building & project managing reno jobs. (& parties!)

From the concept stage through to completion. I feel alive when I'm working on a decent project. 

Favourite materials - stone, steel, timber. YUM! 

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My Arty Beginnings...

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Once upon a time, when I was in my 20s, I picked up a pencil and drew one of my kid's shoes. It was fun - and decidedly challenging!

Deciding this drawing thing required further exploration, I enrolled for a night class to do 'Still Life Painting" since I wanted more than anything to ultimately paint people.

 

Arriving at the class, I set up my brand new set of oil paints & palette and waited for the model to arrive.

 

Imagine my surprise when the Tutor arrived & set up fishing net & buoys and told us to get painting.

 

I was SO excited... the model might be going to be pose as a mermaid!

After 20 minutes of inaction waiting for the mermaid to show up, I realised...

'Still Life' was NOT "Life Painting"   We were there to paint fishing net & buoys ๐Ÿ˜ข


I was truly gutted so I did the only reasonable thing I could think of...

 

I enrolled for 1 Year, full time, Fine Arts Painting class that was 90% life drawing & painting.

I was like a "pig in mud" for a whole year!

Personally Speaking... (Under the outside of me)

I am a sentimental sod & have inherited a hefty dose of Social Conscience.

I'm painfully honest. Can't lie to save myself. 
Probably came from getting caught stealing my banking money when I was 12. 

Apparently I'm very 'direct' - I  call a spade a spade. (Can't see anything wrong with that!)

I have a tendency to be a tad 'un-PC' at times. (Might have understated that a tad.)

I am certainly a trier - (pretty sure that's what people mean when they say I am 'trying' :)

I make mistakes. Some mistakes bigger than others - and that's ok. They are never intentional. (And... I hate making mistakes!)

I am human. Just like you. (Unless you are a literatedog - then I take that back.)

I am not a huge fan of anyone who thinks they are 'above' me. I kinda figure - we are all humans - and we all do smelly poos. 

I love to laugh. Life is short. 

Irreverent - Irish Catholic parents + raised with Irish & Catholic Jokes = innate ability to laugh at myself - & crazy things in life. 

Definitely a "deep end jumper". God only knows where I get this from - but the bigger the

challenge - the stronger my need to tackle it.

 

Think that's about me... Nothing special.

I am a Prolific Breeder...
with four ( yes, 4!ยจ) kids.     
FYI - the big hairy one is not mine!
(old but very cute pic)... and...

I love teaching (grown-ups)...

 

Making the most of my 'Know-it-all" side...

In 2013 I was convinced by a friend to join the teaching staff at the
Design & Arts College in Chch and I loved it!

For 3 1/2 years I taught Ergonomics & Spatial Design; Drawing & Presentation, Model Making; Life Drawing and Perspective drawing to Interior & Architecture Students.

I was stunned at how much I loved teaching! On a purely selfish level, I get an absolute kick out of helping draw genius out of the minds & hearts of my charges.
 

Discovering how much I loved teaching, I did the only reasonable thing 
I could think of...

I left D&A in 2016 & built my own boutique Art school for grown ups in
Opawa called Discoveries :-)

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ยฉ 2014 by Diana Nicholson-Plank