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Val Wolstenholme Clay - Art,Design for students and professionals

Val Wolstenholme Clay Art and Design Teacher (South West London)

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  • Professional Qualification BA (Hons) Architecture
  • Professional Qualification City & Guilds Certificate for Delivering Learning
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check DBS Certificate
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
I studied Architecture then moved into Set Design for Film/TV as a designer,art director & set dresser.
My practise now concentrates on painting and personal projects, commissions (film ,interiors,private clients) and tutoring.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Art and Design from inspiration to creation...for students (all ages) and for pleasure and for personal development
Art Scholarship Application
Portfolio/sketchbook development/preparation for GCSE,A level,University applications/job interviews/professional work projects
Painting and drawing
Life Drawing
Collage and mixed media(using photoshop, photography)
Technical drawing (especially for set design)
Sketch book development
Concept work and mood boards
Personal statement & application forms preparation
Dissertation advice
Breaking creative blocks and finding inspiration
Bespoke Art/ design projects from brief to presentation
Book illustration/design
Consultancy /Mentoring on freelance creative careers
Handling Commissions
Tell me about your qualifications.
After studying architecture I moved into Set Design at the BBC as an assistant designer alongside a group of talented designers and creatives.After 5 years I left to become a freelance Set Designer and Set Dresser for Film, TV & Commercials.

My professional career currently consists of painting & design commissions for film,interiors and private clients, whilst working on personal painting projects.For the past 8 years I have tutored One to one and find the variety in my working life very satisfying and fulfilling.
I have had extensive experience working on high quality productions for film & TV, collaborating with a wide range of disciplines.
Along with experience as a visiting artist at schools,I took a City & Guilds Certificate for Deliverying Learning,to enable me to create sessions to suit my individual student's learning styles, abilities and needs .I regularily attend openings at galleries and museums and develop my own creativity
What kind of experience do you have?

As an Production Designer/Art Director/Set Dresser I collaborated with creatives such as Directors, Lighting Cameramen, Costume, Makeup, Special Effects Designers, Editors designing and producing sets and environments for Film/Commercials.The process includes concept design,mood boards,budgeting,technical drawing, sketching, model making, styling, research, set dressing and special prop design working independently and as part of the team.
I produce paintings and artwork for Films and Commercials working for Production Designers and Directors (including 'Harry Potter' films,) and for Interiors with Designers and private clients.
My licensed and original artwork has been sold in Liberty's and Selfridges.
My paintings have been exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery and is regularly selected for The Royal Portrait Society and selected for ING Discerning Eye exhibitions (selectors including Sir Peter Blake,Sir Roy Strong,Tom Coates). At the Mall Galleries.My studios are open twice a year and by appointment
I was selected for the BP AWARDS 2016 at The National Portrait Gallery .The exhibition travelled to Lincoln and The Scottish Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
2016 exhibtited at The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery,London
My studio is open at Wimbledon Art Studios in May and November.
2018 I am exhibiting at Aubergine Art Gallery ,Wimbledon
2nd -9th June 2018 tutoring on. Kalymnos,Greece.Contact and Liz Jennings for more details

I have been tutoring one to one to a wide variety of students for over 8 years.
I was the visiting artist for a school in Kingston for two years which included running workshops on Portraiture and projects for 'Gifted and Talented Children'.

I will be tutoring a painting holiday on Kalymnos,Greece in 2018.Contact Liz Jennings for more details or email me.
How much do you charge?
My charges are £60 hour ,£40 for children below key stage 4 (including materials and references).Certain material costs additional by agreement.

I can travel to you with costs will assessed on an individual basis

Extra students £20 / £30 hour.
Where do you teach?
I teach from my base in Wimbledon Village where the environment is good for my students with great light ,space and all my references and books at hand.I have a studio at The Wimbledon Art Studios in Earlsfield and occasionally take students there.

I will travel to you and also teach and mentor via Skype.I also travel abroad to students.
When are you available?
I am freelance and so can be flexible with notice .
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I am very happy to work with all abilities and age groups.I have experience working with learning challenges
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
All levels ..from primary to professional life
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
This works really well for students outside the London area and people abroad (though I always encourage at least one face to face session if possible). I create a Bespoke design / art project and specify deadlines.Work is emailed to me (jpegs) for critiques,support and encouragement .This works well for my foreign students,still allowing me to provide inspiration and direction in order to produce high quality work.
Where and with whom did you train?
I worked from the BBC Television Centre,London alongside a select group of talented designers & creatives for 5 years after I left university and helped me develop as a creative and set designer.I then felt at a stage where i wanted to leave to become a freelance designer for Film and TV.
Tell me about some of your current students.
1. A young woman applying for a Foundation Course.
2. Working with a 12 year old boy to produce sketchbooks and a portfolio who wishes to apply for an Art Scholarship
3. Mentoring a student to present her work for her finals and herself for the professional creative world.
4. Working with a designer who wants to improve her drawing skills for the fashion business.
5. An adult,working in finance , with a passion for art and creativity who came for inspiration and to improve his skills .
6.A young woman applying to study architecture, to prepare a portfolio for interviews at Universities.We are working together via
skype with face to face sessions when she visits me in London.
Do you have a personal message for students?
One to one tutorials are a great opportunity to explore your artistic aspirations gain inspiration, confidence ,improve practical skills and develop creativity and enjoy the journey
My desire is to inspire,support and encourage you in order to help you achieve your aims and potential.
Success can come in many forms, from improved grades,scholarship applications to improvements in ones own personal development which can impact on so many aspects of your life.