A registered teacher with a Bachelor of Education (Art/Crafts) Liz has taught at primary and secondary schools in Melbourne, London and Geelong, with pre-schoolers and adults, and in special education settings.
A believer in positive community engagement and access to the arts, Liz works across a number of teaching roles in a range of settings. Since 2010 she has regularly designed and delivered art and craft workshops for children at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, and in 2013 worked with disengaged young people.
Since June 2013 Liz has worked on some great projects through the Bluebird Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making quality arts programs accessible for all.
She co-facilitates Meet, Move & Make, a weekly music and art program for young parents and their pre-schoolers based at a family centre.
Liz runs weekly art workshops at The Fort youth centre in Norlane. The Drawn Together
project is supported by the Bluebird Foundation and the City of Geelong.
The program brings young people from Geelong’s Karen and Karenni
communities together to draw and create art.
group have worked together on a number of unique and special projects.
In 2017 Liz guided the young artists to create large self-portraits, which were exhibited
at The Courthouse Youth Arts gallery in Geelong to celebrate Refugee Week.
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In 2016 the group hand-painted a set of letters onto vinyl pieces, that could be assembled and reassembled to spell out different messages. In 2015, funded by Geelong Connected Communities, the group
selected artwork produced in the art sessions to illustrate an alphabet
picture book for children learning English. Copies of the book were printed and
distributed to local schools, libraries and community centres as a
valuable ongoing literacy resource for children learning English.
In 2014 Liz was invited to be an artist mentor in the Athena’s Guild Project. Through the Bluebird Foundation she mentored a young artist with a disability to develop her artistic skills and to jointly prepare work for a group exhibition at Geelong's Karingallery in May 2014.
Liz is employed to coordinate an art program at Barwon Valley School in Geelong, where she works with children who have very special intellectual, physical and sensory needs. Liz's program explores a range of sensory art projects, and her students have produced some beautiful work including vibrant textiles pieces. In 2016 Liz worked with staff and students on an Art for Wellbeing program.
Group projects have included Alphabet Art, funded by the Bluebird Foundation, which saw the creation a set of unique letters which form a changeable word mural displayed at the school.
Since April 2014 Liz has also been employed to support adult artists with special needs in an access art studio in central Geelong. Karingallery provides studio facilities for drawing, painting, screen-printing, fine art printing, ceramics, papier mache, bookwork and mail art.
Karingallery is part of GenU (formerly Karingal) a community organisation which also runs the Eastern Hub Community Centre in East Geelong where Liz co-facilitates the Creative Book Arts program.