References for 2017
Shellingford Primary School near Farringdon: one week teaching Key stage 2 children how to make animals out of clay – for a permanent exhibition in an outdoor area. Head off School:Judith Terril
Abingdon Prep School, Frilford junction near Oxford: one day teaching with the art scholar pupils, in preparation for their interview. Head of Art: Sherry Tyson
INSET in Schools:
Testimonial for Blewbury School Teacher’s INSET: One Day Ceramic Sculpture Workshop, 1/09/15
“As a way to launch us into a creative autumn term, we were given the opportunity to spend a day sculpting an object of our own choice from close observation in Beatrice Hoffman’s sunlit conservatory studio in rural Oxfordshire.
Using her wide experience of the journey from idea to created object and her outstanding insight into the psychological and emotional process of discovering how clay behaves, Beatrice kindly encouraged me to learn from my mistakes and experiment to sculpt a clay head.
Seamlessly, as we worked, she drew well-observed comparisons between our learning experiences and those of the children we teach. Skilfully, she included practical suggestions for translating our learning into teaching clay sculpture in the primary classroom.
I finished the day exhilarated after challenging some of my thinking habits and relishing a tangible sense of achievement, having progressed from nebulous concept to finished object. I felt inspired by better teaching than I had ever experienced at school, even studying A-Level Art.
On the way back to school we shared ways we might give children at Blewbury School the chance to experience the same absorption which had gradually enthralled each of us, bringing silence to the studio.
I would strongly recommend Beatrice Hoffman’s Clay Sculpture day workshop to teachers. It was a thoroughly rewarding experience; as a means to rekindle confidence working with clay in the classroom or to ignite sculpting creativity for the first time, and as a powerful team-building activity. I am also hoping to entice my family to try one.”
Flies Davda, KS1 and 2 Teacher at Blewbury School, Blewbury, Oxfordshire firstname.lastname@example.org
One day INSET training day with teachers from catholic schools in Birmingham, March 2010:
“A lovely experience – Thanks You – Thoroughly enjoyable – I have picked up loads of ideas for work and potential ideas for lessons – Please More of the Same!”
St John Wall High School , Birmingham
“Very informative – fantastic – will help me use more clay techniques! “
St John Wall School
High Schools – Sculpture Workshops, employment as sculpture teacher , and as an artist-in-residence:
“Beatrice has worked as an artist at Sponne School numerous times with a range of ages and group sizes, from Year Seven to A Level.
She has been inspiring to the students encouraging them to develop their own ideas, but also bringing along with her plenty of inspirational sculptures and books. She manages the tricky aspect of balancing demonstrating the skills when working with clay with the students own practical exploration. She forms natural and excellent relationships with students giving them subtle advice and encouraging the growth of their own ideas. She is highly skilled and her knowledge of skills and techniques is immense.
I unreservedly recommend Beatrice.”
Amanda Noble, , Head of Art, , Sponne High School, , Towcester, Northants : email@example.com
“Beatrice is a well-organized, reliable and creative colleague. Her expertise and enthusiasm have enabled the Year 8 students at King’s High to produce an outstanding range of sculptural work, well in advance of what might be expected for their age. She has a good rapport with her classes who respond positively to her constructive guidance because it is always centred on encouragement and praise. Colleagues have also benefited from her professional knowledge and it has been a pleasure to have Beatrice as a member of our team from 2010-2011”
Sue Lewis, (former) Head of Art, Kings High in Warwick, contact her over her painter’s website Sue Lewis-Blake)
“Beatrice Hoffman works with great energy, enthusiasm, expertise and a ‘practiced eye’ to give students an excellent experience when working in three dimensions. Her sculptural heads are large, have presence and make students think about both the construction process together with the design aspect, thinking through the reasons behind the pose, stance, features and decorative qualities.
As Art College Director at Chenderit School I employed Beatrice on numerous occasions working on day, extended and weekly projects as well as Artist in Residence for a whole year. She worked extensively with GCSE students but also students in key stage 5 and 3, principally using clay with a sculptural heads theme, but also sculpture of varied subject matter.
I would recommend her wholeheartedly and would be most happy to discuss her work with students further.
John Childs 01295 711875 firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Schools: Sculpture Workshops, nine years employment as art therapist, and two year employment as sculpture teacher at the Billing Brook School:
“Beatrice came to Welcombe Hills school for 4 full day sessions in February/March 2010. We are a special needs school with pupils with moderate to severe learning disabilities.
Beatrice worked with pupils in Key stages 3 and 4 in small groups. She worked with them to produce sculptures of animals and sculptures of human heads.
She showed a consistently calm approach with all the pupils throughout her time with them. She was able to engage them and inspire them. Throughout her time her she worked with enthusiasm with each and every pupil.
As an art therapist she was able to offer insight into individual pupils, which has proved to be invaluable.
I would not hesitate to recommend Beatrice for a position and hope to welcome her back to our school soon.”
Alison Clifford, Head of Art, Welcombe Hills School. , Stradford -Upon-Avon
References can also be obtained from
in Bicester – Chris Hughes on: email@example.com or 01869) 242182
, Napton, Warwickshire 5 days Sculpture Course for socially disadvantaged pupils with behaviour or learning difficulties (ADHD, Asperger etc…) .
For reference contact Cathal Lynch on 01926 817547 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement in Support of Ceramic Sculpture for Autistic Students
“As a teacher I accompanied a Key Stage 4, Year 10, group of students from a special school to Ms Hoffman’s ceramic sculpture sessions. I was familiar with the students and their specific challenges, and I was impressed with their application to the task of creating an animal sculpture. Ms Hoffman provided toy models and pictures of various animals from which the students could choose, or they were able to suggest their own.
This tactile experience proved to be extremely beneficial for all students, from those working virtually independently to those requiring a great deal of support and encouragement.
One ASD student in particular was a perfectionist with a meticulous approach. The patience and perseverance he displayed when creating a sculpture of an eagle independently was admirable. His keen eye for detail resulted in an excellent finished product, of which he was understandably extremely proud.
Adversely, another ASD student found this task extremely challenging. He required a great deal of support and encouragement. His confidence developed week by week as he saw his sculpture of a cat emerge from lumps of clay.
Both students, and the others, benefitted greatly from the knowledge and skills gained throughout the whole process. Their knowledge of shape and form, skeletal structure, etc, was extended through powers of observation being developed.
Fine motor skills were constantly a necessary requirement, when students were using a variety of tools. There were always opportunities for discussion and self-evaluation.
The satisfaction and sense of achievement displayed by all students was extremely pleasing to witness.
This was definitely a worthwhile, successful unit of study.”
Mrs V Taberner, Teacher, Satellite Classes Billing Brook School ( I was employed 2012-14 PT as a sculpture teacher)
Head teacher: Lorraine McCormac (lorraine.MCormac@abbeyfieldschool.org.uk)