Campus Independent Study Programme
Goldsmiths, University of London
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Information about Hugh
For the last decade I have worked as an artist and tutor, making paintings, sculptures, and short films. I have exhibited in galleries across Britain and Europe, and participated in numerous residency programmes. Teaching, lecturing, and leading workshops are an important part of my artistic practice.
I hold a BFA in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (New College), and an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College of Art, London. I subsequently worked as Junior Research Fellow on the MFA programme at Goldsmiths. I also participated on CAMPUS Independent Study Programme at Nottingham Contemporary Gallery, which set out to examine and embody new and experimental modes of critical pedagogy.
I was awarded my MFA with distinction, and my undergraduate dissertation was awarded the highest mark in the year. I also achieved 100% in both my Fine Art A Level and my Fine Art GCSE. I also have A Levels in History (A) and English (A), and an AS Level in Latin (A). I was also awarded `Outstanding` in English `A Level Advanced Extension paper`. All my GCSEs were A/A* Grade. I am as passionate about teaching these subjects as I am when teaching Fine Art.
In my spare time, I love reading, playing sports (long-distance running), and wildlife.
Availability: While I am often busy teaching and tutoring, my hours are flexible. Please do get in touch to discuss when would be a good time/date for tuition and I`ll do my best to find a mutually suitable time.
Willing to travel: 15 miles
Experience: FINE ART & ART AND DESIGN
I am highly experienced teaching Fine Art across a broad spectrum of ages: from Primary to GCSE, and from A-Level to Foundation, BFA, MFA, and Postgraduate Levels. All my lessons are tailored specifically to individual age, ability, interests and progress.
I have worked closely to prepare students for foundation and degree-level courses, giving portfolio guidance (on a one-off and continual basis) and interview preparation. I also provide help with writing personal statements and Oxbridge preparation. Successful applicants have been offered places at: Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford; Slade School of Art, UCL; Goldsmiths College of Art; Chelsea; Camberwell; Central St Martins; Glasgow School of Art; Edinburgh; Loughborough; Kingston; Nottingham Trent; University of Kent; Winchester; Birmingham School of Jewellery; Royal Academy (dip); Royal College of Art (MFA and PhD-level).
I am experienced teaching in schools, running art departments and preparing students for GCSE and A-Level Art Exams across different exam boards. I also have experience as an external moderator, marking GCSE and A-Level Art and Design submissions for AQA.
I lead art workshops and life-drawing classes in schools and community centres, both in London and across the U.K. I also have experience as a Fine Art visiting lecturer in secondary schools and undergraduate courses. I have additional experience working as an architectural draftsman and as a conservation volunteer, and I have spent time working in galleries in both Italy and the UK.
Recent selected case studies (2017-21):
M.R. (2017-20) - Age 8 - Weekly Art Lessons focused on Art History and Art Practice
H.K. (2017) - Age 17 - AS-Level Fine Art tuition for full academic year - awarded A grade
J.B. (2017-18) Age 18 - A-Level Fine Art tutuion for full academic year - raised grade from D to A* in all modules.
E.L. (2018) Age 12 - Awarded 13+ Art Scholarship to Eton
B.R. (2018) - Awarded place to study at RCA Sculpture (MFA) and Slade (MFA), UCL
E.A. (2018) - Age 12 - Awarded 13+ Art Scholarship to Harrow
A.D. (2018-9) University Application portfolio preparation and assistance with application to Interior Design
O.S (2018-20) - Age 18 - Raised A-Level grade from C to A and awarded place to study at Kingston Art Foundation. Interview and personal statement preparation, to achieve place to study Design at Edinburgh.
S.H. (2019) - Adult - Awarded Distinction in BA Film Studies at LCC and awarded a place to study Film Studies at London Met.
H.W. (2019-21) - Age 5 - Weekly Art sessions to expand skills, imagination, practice.
G.D (2019-21) - Adult - Support with Art Writing and Studio Practice for MFA Fine Art Student
A.J. (2019-21) - Adult - Awarded place to study at Birmingham College of Jewellery.
L.Y. (2019-20) - Age 18 - Awarded places to study for art foundation at Kingston, Camberwell and Ravensborne.
N.Z. (2020) - Age 18 - Personal Statement preparation for successful UCL applications.
A.K. & E.K. (2020-21) - Age 7 + 9 - Weekly Art sessions to expand imagination and skills.
L.K. (2020-21) - Age 16 - Retook Art and Design GCSE. Improved grade from 5 to 9.
L.B. (2020-21) - Age 11 - Ongoing Art / Art History Lessons to expand skills, imagination, practice.
P.B. (2020-21) - Age 18 - Awarded place to study BFA Fine Art at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, and Slade, UCL.
M.G. (2020-21) - Age 19 - Awarded place to study BFA Fine Art and Art History at Goldsmiths
A.G (2021) - Age 11 - Ongoing Art Lessons to build confidence, expand skills and technique.
X.Z. (2021) - Age 22 - Awarded place to study on MA Art & Design in Education at UCL
C.S (2021) - Age 9 - Struggling at school, but keen to build confidence and ability with weekly Art Lessons
I specialise in working with students towards exams, helping prepare and organise their revision. In particular, I specialise in working with students for 4+, 7+ (English and Maths), 8+ (English and Maths), 11+ (English and Maths) exams. I have also helped students with general confidence issues, helping build skills using language, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Recent selected case studies (2017-21):
P.P. (2017) 8+ passed (English and Maths)
D.R. (2017-18) 11+ passed (English and Maths)
A.C. (2018) 11+ Tuition (English and Maths)
S.K. (2018) Year 2 weekly sessions of drawing and painting tuition
A.J. (2018-19) 11+ passed (English and Maths)
S.M. (2019) 7+ passed for entrance to Highgate School (English and Maths)
A.B. (2019-20) 7+ passed for entrance to KCS (English and Maths)
A.P. (2020-21) 7+ passed for entrance to Chigwell School (English)
N.M (2021) - 11+ passed for Stowe School.
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Feedback For Hugh (9)
My son has thoroughly enjoyed his sessions with Hugh. Hugh is an excellent teacher and my son`s art techniques are really improving. Hugh also relates what they are doing to art movements and specific artists, which is widening my son`s understanding of the history of art and is also very inspiring to him. Overall, Hugh is a wonderful tutor and we couldn`t recommend him more highly.
Hugh is a fantastic and inspiring tutor. He has an amazing wealth of knowledge about so many aspects of art. Very friendly and generous with his time. He followed up our tutor session with lots of links which was so helpful. Looking forward to working with Hugh as he is an outstanding tutor and we would highly recommend him.
Hugh began tutoring me for my art A-level at a late stage in the year and has been really incredible with helping me progress. In a short space of time he helped me completely transform my workbooks, drastically improving my grade, his knowledge of the exam board and commitment to helping made him an excellent tutor, really happy and I would highly recommend Hugh to anyone considering getting help with their art at any level, great tutor 10/10 !
Hugh is a creative and conscientious tutor and dedicated to his subject of Art. He was always well prepared, reliable, punctual and willing to provide follow up after lessons. Our son found the tutorials helpful and achieved a better understanding of the subject with Hughs input. Hughs approach was friendly and flexible and we would have no hesitation in recommending him as an A Level tutor.
One of the best tutors we have ever had. Hugh is very responsible,well educated,knowledgeable and professional. My son was very happy with his lessons. Advices for GSCE portfolio coursework really helped my son to feel confident. Hopefully we will see Hugh soon. Highly recommended!
best tutor ever
We have just started this year with lessons. So far a very good impression. Hugh was very punctual. Apart from a detailed knowledge of the exam board he also provided excellent artistic guidance for my daughter`s art sketchbook whilst keeping the whole integrity of the project.
Kind, patient and reliable tutor.
Very happy with our daughter`s results and Hugh`s tutoring. He is kind, well organised and helped her structure her ideas.