MA (Visual Communication)
Barbara trained as a graphic designer and since 2002, has been working as a visual artist in schools and early years settings and with local arts organisations in the Midlands.
Her practice is informed and inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of child-initiated learning. Barbara visited the internationally-renowned Children’s Centres in Italy in 2005 as part of a study visit. Her passion for reflective documentation makes good use of her design background to create printed publicity material, exhibitions, books, displays and graphic panels, commissioned by settings and schools to share creative learning and help develop engagement.
Barbara has been delivering staff development sessions, training workshops and conference sessions with early years practitioners for over a decade.
Barbara's interest in work that appeals to the senses, not just the visual, fits especially well with the multi-sensory, creative approaches to play and learning in early years and is where Barbara has extensive experience. Through early years residencies and project work, including the national Creative Partnerships programme, Barbara has worked with children, families and practitioners to develop creative approaches to learning using multi-sensory environments and open-ended resources that better engage children’s natural curiosity and provoke imaginative play and learning.
Barbara uses a wide range of materials, (often found, collected and recycled) and media such as print, collage and 3D assemblage to deliver workshops in schools and settings that promote enquiry, exploratory play and experimentation where the process generates ideas, risk-taking, resilience, problem-solving, collaboration and ownership.
Working collaboratively with TheVERYidea offers the chance to widen thinking and creative possibilities - crossing art-forms, sharing skills and experiences, helping to generate fresh ideas and exciting work.