Life-Changing Course Helps Teacher Realise Her Dream Of Becoming An Artist
A woman who gave up an established teaching career to create sculptures instead of lesson plans is celebrating after completing a life-changing course at Kensington and Chelsea College that made her dreams come true.
Folami Bayode taught art to teenagers for more than 16-years but decided to give up teaching to develop her own career as an artist through Kensington and Chelsea College’s Professional Development Sculpture Diploma.
‘I taught art in secondary schools and found myself hungering for more personal creative expression. I was so busy teaching art I was doing hardly any myself!’, said Folami.
The college’s one-year Professional Development Sculpture Diploma is designed for artists looking to develop their portfolios and offers students the chance to experiment with a variety of media and participate in group exhibitions. It is run at the college’s hugely popular Park Walk Sculpture Studios and all courses at the studio are taught by professional, practising artists providing technical help and tutorial guidance to learners each step of the way.
Speaking about her discovery of the course and Park Walk Studios Folami added:
‘The course turned out to be a perfect match for what I needed – a space to build confidence in my ideas, experiment, be adventurous and learn a range of sculpture techniques, professional tips and how to put on exhibitions. Fellow students were also great for bouncing off ideas, encouraging and inspiring each other. All in all, it was a wonderful life-changing experience. Now that I have completed the course, I feel ready to realise my goal of being a professional art practitioner.’
Kensington and Chelsea College’s Park Walk Sculpture Studio is opening its doors to the public for an Open Day in September. Guests will be able to tour the studio and speak to tutors and former students about the range of sculpture courses on offer including the Professional Development Sculpture Diploma.
The Open Day takes place from 2pm to 6pm, on Tuesday September 24th, at the Park Walk Sculpture Studio, Park Walk School, Park Walk SW10 0AY.
The studio is nestled in the heart of Chelsea and has been training sculptors for over 30 years, keeping alive the traditions of renowned masters such as Michelangelo and Rodin in the modern age, as well as encouraging contemporary, abstract and conceptual art works. To find out more about the college’s range of courses visit www.kcc.ac.uk or call the courses information line on 0207 573 5333.
Kensington and Chelsea College is committed to providing affordable education and has set-up a number of fee discounts and money saving schemes to support enrolling students. For more information visit: www.kcc.ac.uk/discounts
Date published: 17 September 2013