Higher education

We need to challenge what we take for granted in our daily lives. Life is not linear. It’s organic.’ Ken Robinson ‘Bring on the Learning Revolution’

Who for

students, teachers and trainee teachers

Day session proposal

‘Survive and thrive after College – keep making, keep talking and collaborate’

  • Open introductory discussion establishing particpants’ needs/ concerns
  • Hands on, collaborative and immersive workshop demonstrating my practice
  • Presentation of my own survival as practicing artist, director of Arts Lab and experiential peacebuilder
  • Individual student tutorials on request
  • Optional extra to visit artist’s studio


Either I come to you wherever you are, or if you’re local, make the most of an enhanced learning environment at my studio in rural Northumberland.

Cost and booking

Enquire through the booking enquiry form at the bottom of this page or call 07951 819796

What’s been said

Sadie Medway – Lecturer in Education (Art and Design), Plymouth Institute of Education

‘Sara has been an inspiration to students on the BEd Art and Design specialist pathway at Plymouth University bringing ‘fresh eyes’ to approaches that engage learners in developing visual art processes. What the art education students really like is Sara’s practical, ‘hands-on’ approach to workshops led with energy and enthusiasm! How exciting to be learning through actively exploring art and design practice together in new and creative ways.’

Dan Paolantonio – Co-Programme Leader: H.E. Film, Plymouth College of Art

‘Fantastic stuff. Thank you so much for the opportunities that you have provided for my students to engage with wider arts practice this year!’

H.E. teaching experience

See Arts Lab archive links

2023 Center for Research & Action towards Sustainable Peace & Development, Protestant Institute of Arts & Social Science, Huye, Rwanda – Visiting Creative Practice & Peacebuilding. Role to co-create Visual Arts for Peace programme. 

2022 Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK – as MA student, exploring Lessons from Creative Play with Students of Peacebuilding.

2012-16 Plymouth Institute of Education – associate lecturer * 2013-14 Arts University Plymouth – artist in residence * 1998-01 Carrboro Arts Centre, North Carolina, USA – art tutor.

1994-96 Wirral Met. College – lecturer in Fine Art, Art History & Contextual Studies * 1985-96 visiting lecturer UK, Canada, U.S., South America, Poland, Russia, Estonia, Australia and India (UK: Wimbledon, Chelsea, Royal Academy, Newcastle, Sunderland, Manchester, Cumbria, Duncan of Jordanstone, Gray’s at Aberdeen, Plymouth, Winchester, Norwich. Canada: Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver. U.S.: New York Studio Program & Parsons, NY. South America: Instituto A.Reveron & Escuela de Arts Cristobal Rojas, Caracas, Venezuela; Escuela de Arte, Santiago, Chile. Poland: Gdańsk PWSSP & University. Russia: Repin Art Academy, Mukina School of Art, University of St Petersburg – St Petersburg. Estonia: Tallinn School of Applied Arts. Australia: 13 art schools in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide. India: art schools in Mumbai and New Delhi).

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“I’ve really enjoyed the sessions and found them to be great in helping me gain confidence. You’re a great teacher. Thank you!