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Tutor Biographies


Ruth Adams has taught Fired Stained Glass Painting at Central Saint Martins where she previously completed her postgraduate studies in glass with Distinction. She taught stained glass for 10 years at The City Literary Institute in Central London. Ruth relocated to Stroud where she works as a practicing artist and set up the glass department within the Arts School at Stroud campus. She is a respected educator within this field with an enormous amount of experience and enthusiasm to help you engage with this fantastic subject.

Jacq Barber is a freelance writer and lecturer with a particular interest in British design and the decorative arts. She has a post graduate MA from the Royal College of Art/V&A course in the History of Design and has worked for Bonhams auctioneers, the V&A and more recently, the National Trust.  Jacq’s students explore a wide range of design styles and movements, from the eighteenth century to the late twentieth century and there are opportunities for them to bring in favourite objects.  Courses currently take place in the appropriate setting of The Museum in the Park and are delivered through lectures, seminars and discussion groups that aim to be informative, interesting and most of all enjoyable.

Liane Curtin is an experienced artist and tutor in painting, papier maché, some printmaking and drawing: She has been teaching and making art since the 1980s and has exhibited in group shows and singularly. She trained at Winchester and Cardiff.

Emily Joy is a ceramicist, sculptor and installation artist based at Stroud Valleys Artspace, who teaches sculptural ceramics in the Art school at the Stroud campus. For the last 6 years she has taught adults’ ceramic sculpture classes, children’s pottery classes and master-classes in mould-making, casting and paperclay. Emily has a first class BA Hons ceramics and painting and a fine art sculpture MA, providing her students with a broad range of practical skills, materials experience and theoretical knowledge. She has a wide range of teaching experience including adults, children, adults with special needs and other barriers to learning. Emily strives to inspire her adult students to push themselves both materially and also conceptually, she encourages debate and critical discourse throughout the course and workshops. A founder member of the artist group Quercus, Emily was the 2008 winner of the Darbyshire Award and was also shortlisted for the 2012 Aesthetica Prize.

Olga Krylova has completed  Floristry workshops with European and UK floristry masters and obtained the following floristry awards: International Floral-Design School “Nicole” (1996); Interflora standard of Floristry Certificate (2006); SFE 2006 International Third Prize;  International Designer Competition 2010 Gold and Bronze; Interflora Florist of the Year: 2009-2011 Silver and Bronze, 2012-2013 Gold and Silver; Whilst obtaining these, she also received other qualifications: BSc in Sciences (1995, 2014). She has extensive floristry work experience of 18 years, including her own Flower Art studio, shop (Bloomers of Cirencester) and floral design demonstrations, whilst teaching since 2006 at Stroud College.

Simon Packard MA RCA Born 1960 Sunderland, studied Fine Art Printmaking at University of Brighton followed by Masters at Royal College of Art where he was awarded a Henry Moore Bursary. On completion in 1987 and moved to Gloucestershire to be Research Printmaking Fellow at University of Gloucestershire. A combination of teaching and exhibiting has continued to this day complemented by both art direction in the commercial advertising sector and art in the public realm working in both stainless steel and Cor-Ten steel for large scale sculpture.

Acting as an educational enabler his employ has taken to universities nationwide and a continued association to SGS for 20 years. During 2004-2006 he was Research Cross-Museum Arts Officer for University of Oxford Museum Service. The outcome is an online resource used by professional and students.

Printmaking remains the backbone of his artistic portfolio with personal research into the use of industry print inks and ‘wallpaper’ gallery installations. To accommodate his continued drawing activity he has developed the ‘Packard Process’. This incorporates printing ink and drawing forming a hybrid 2D outcome. Institutions are adopting this methodology and Simon has lectured on this personal research nationwide.

Isabelle Stopforth graduated in Illustration from The University of the West of England. A Print Technician at Stroud College and practicing Print Maker specializing in exploring the form of the sketchbook. She enjoys being playful and imaginative towards the object of the book and its diversity, whether this be a journal, artist book or note pad. Her sketchbooks predominantly involves using recycled materials and DIY equipment, making bookbinding assessable to everyone. Isabelle has exhibited in a number of exhibition such as ‘BABE: Bristol Artist Book Event’ and ‘Poetic Science in Bologna’. She is passionate and enthusiastic about sharing achievable methods and techniques to those interested in learning bookbinding.

Vanessa Stopforth Vanessa Stopforth teaches 3D Design and Graphic Design on the Foundation Art & Design course at Stroud School of Art, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College. In 2017 she gained a 1ST Class Masters Degree in Design from University West of England. At the heart of her practice is making, drawing on a multidisciplinary background ranging from craft, spatial and unban design, surface pattern and graphic design. Vanessa has a keen interest in combining craft and advances in technology through the joining of simple materials and techniques.

Wyc Tippins worked professionally as a computer graphics 3D modeler and animator for ten years, and has since taught young people and adults for five years. He specialises in using free software to create and animate characters, implementing them into movie footage or computer games, making this creative power available to ordinary people with creative passion but without expensive technology and software.