Over the past month we've welcomed some wonderful and individually talented creatives to the SketchBetter team. Here's a little about our new team members.
Helen Coyston - Creative Assistant
Helen Coyston is our new Creative Assistant. As an experienced theatre designer and maker of costumes and props Helen leads on our displays, exhibitions and performance designs. From youth theatre to outdoor devised productions she has years of experience managing projects and people alongside designing and is always looking to push the boundaries of what theatre can be. Recent projects have included work for: Hull Truck Theatre, The Almeida Young Company, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Scene & Heard. See more of her work at www.helencoyston.com
Alicia Gradon - Art Teacher
Alicia is a KS1 Art Teacher at SketchBetter. Alicia specialises in graphite drawing and creative writing, focusing on nature and mixing the real and imaginary together in new ways. She has worked and exhibited across London after finishing her BA in Fine Art as well working in Canada and India. She recently worked as an Artist in Residence and Art Teacher at Upton House School in Windsor.
See her portfolio at www.aliciagradon.com
Jo Beattie - Art Teacher
With over 15 years of industry experience as a Graphic Designer and Art Director, Jo joins SketchBetter as an Art & Design Club Leader. With expertise in typographic treatment and print processes, magazine design and direction, Jo has worked for Harrods, The Independent, The Sunday Times and The Sunday Times Magazine. Jo is currently training with SketchBetter and is running our new KS1 Art Club at the Parish CoE School in Bromley.
Jo has recently launched a campaign about Creativity in Education, join her at twitter.com/MyCreativeTribe
Nicoleta Papaxenophontos - Textiles Assistant
Illustration graduate and Cypriot Nicoleta Papaxenophontos joins SketchBetter as our Textiles Teaching Assistant. Since graduating from Brighton University Nicoleta has been working as a Teaching Assistant with Artyfacts, supporting afternoon arts club for children aged 4-10 years old. She has also been interning with Photoworks, the UK’s leading development agency dedicated to photography.
See her portfolio at www.instagram.com/nicoletapapillustration
Zoe Scammell - Art Teacher
Zoe joins us as a KS2 Art Teacher. As an experienced illustrator, Zoe is fascinated by natural history and the bizarre relationships between animals and humans, from space dogs to cat weddings. As an artist educator Zoe has worked with and run her own art classes with institutions such as The Wallace Collection, The Saatchi Gallery and The Mascalls Gallery, Richmond Art School and The Pallant House Gallery.
See her portfolio of work at www.zoescammell.com
Emma Berry - Policy & Curriculum Writer
Emma graduated from Goldsmiths College with a BA in Design. She brings nine years’ teaching experience, from tough inner city schools to some of the highest achieving schools in the country, spanning state, grammar and private sectors.
As well as a Subject Leader for Design and Technology with schools including the Tiffin Girls' School and Dulwich College, Emma's industry experience includes sustainable design and exhibition curation for venues across the UK and in China, for the London Design Festival and the British Council among others. Emma is a writer and editor for multi-award-winning educational publishing company, PG Online, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Amanda Severini - Teaching Assistant
Amanda joins SketchBetter with an enthusiasm and passion for supporting young people with their learning. A natural educator, Amanda is studying
The Science of Happiness - the first MOOC to teach positive psychology and science-based principles and practices for a happy, meaningful life. She has also started learning mindfulness with Breathworks Mindfulness.
Amanda is supporting Jo Beattie to launch after school art classes in Bromley.
April Chitty - Inclusion & Health Coordinator
April joins SketchBetter with years of experience working with young people, families and those with special education needs (SEN). April has worked in schools and communities, ensuring the children and young people she works with have access to creativity and play. She has recently been setting up play schemes for YMCA and previously worked with Challengers.
Diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 24, and having to undergo two years of treatments including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a double mastectomy and reconstruction, April is passionate about health and wellbeing. She is one of the new faces of Breast Cancer Now's 'Wear it Pink' campaign and champions our work around inclusion and health. (She is also behind our event photography).