Hello! My name is Lauren. My students call me Ms. Little.
I am a multi-passionate artist (meaning I like to experiment with all types of art from collage to dance). I was born in London, and moved to Canada in my adolescence, however I’m now based in London again. My personal practice has a focus in 2D mixed media. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary.
I have always lived a humble life where I’ve had to be quite clever, and frugal with what I had around which turned into a love for DIY, repurposing and upcycling things. I’ve always loved to create something out of nothing, and I’m passionate about finding new ways to live a creative life and explore the corners of my imagination. It’s important to me and is essentially, what keeps me going.
I started teaching in art centres about 3 years ago and I’ve had the opportunity to work in two secondary schools during the same time. I learned a lot about teaching, learning and the importance of nurturing the creative instinct. I have always loved art and crafts, but I never liked art classes in school (I may or may not have skipped out a couple of times…) I had terrible art teachers right up until University, where I was exposed to what it really means to become the artist within me and what good guidance, direction and discussion looks like. This helped affirm my passion for helping people learn creative things. Having bad teachers made me want to become the teacher I never had.
I started this blog as a way to document my teacher life, my new position in Primary school and share my ideas and thoughts with other new (and seasoned) art teachers. Also as a way for me to have all my projects in one place and not in every corner of my computer. I hope you have or will find this useful. So… sit back – but not to far you’ll fall asleep, music on, tea in hand and explore away.
Feel free to comment, share, or use the ideas you see around here. If you do, I’d love to see what you and your kids came up with!
For now, I’ll be teaching Primary school part-time and on my off days you might find me participating in a variety of craft market shows across London. I’m always looking to find new ways to immerse myself in London’s colourful art community, make new friends, and find new opportunities.
Want me to teach a workshop for your facility? Join your Art Show? Tutor your kid? I’d love to! Contact me to check my availability.