Student Spotlight: Kate Chittenden
We asked Kate Chittenden, former printmaking student, how her course and time at Morley has led her to a new career path.
'In January 2016 my daughter gifted me a 6 week course at Morley College, Printmaking - Beginners Plus led by tutor David Holah. As an absolute beginner in printmaking I loved the classes and learnt so many techniques in this stimulating and encouraging environment. The classes were inspirational, challenging and so well taught, and I have continued to attend ever since, whenever possible.'
'At the beginning of 2018 I was introduced to the Learning Team at Watts Gallery Artists' Village, near Guildford, who run a valuable Art for All programme which delivers creative workshops, engaging with and reflecting the diversity of the community.
Based on the work I'd created at Morley, they offered me a position as a freelance artist, specialising in printmaking, and since then I have led multiple workshops, working with a diverse range of groups in the community:
- Recovering addicts
- Young ex-homeless
- Young Carers
- Vulnerable pupils who benefit from time out of mainstream school
- Parents of children with additional needs
- Women in prison
- Adults with learning disabilities
- Elderly people, some with dementia
I also lead drop-in workshops for individuals and families to have fun and learn new skills together. All these workshops are challenging but enjoyable both for me and the participants, it is such a satisfying, worthwhile job.'
'Thanks to David's Printmaking courses at Morley College I now have this new career path, and am able to pass on my learning to the many participants that I work with at Watts Gallery Artists' Village.'
Find out more about Printmaking courses at Morley.