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Recent Testimonials

It is always nice to hear from people about work that you have done. Here are some comments, hope you enjoy.
‘Hi Susan thank you so much for a truely inspiring day. The impact has been immediate and profound.
A) On the train home I totally revamped the lesson plan for my job interview the next day. I had students drawing with tape on windows etc
B) At Year 7 parents evening last night – I was met with “R” and his mum. He’s a right character and hasn’t really engaged well so far. So I asked him to go away and write me a list of what he would like to do/make in his lessons. Today he found me, at lunchtime to bring me his list. We had a great chat about how we could incorporate his ideas into the next project. R then came back later for his lesson. He was totally engaged and enjoyed making his paper mache mask.
C) Year 10 “natural forms” lesson today and yes….with peppers.. ( but they are beautifully scrivelled now I do have cow and sheep skulls, bones, bark etc on offer too). “A” started to pick the seeds out of my lovely pepper and just as I was about to complain I said “ great yes, squash it, rip it, sprinkle those seeds. Now draw that!”

Primary Art Conference: Shipley Art Gallery December 2019:
‘Susan did a lovely piece of visual literacy and how not just to see but to look. I will be using this with our staff next week and moving us forward with how we use images in the teaching of both art and other subjects.’
‘Great Conference- what knowledgeable speakers. Enjoyed the ‘looking at pictures’ session, Discovered a new artist too in Paula Rego.’

Subject Leader Course London December 2019 (with Becky Mizon):
‘Positive. Informative.Engaging.Inspiring. Confidence-boosting’
‘Useful/informative with practical ideas. Amiable presenters who I felt confident and comfortable discussing things with.’
‘Fantastic. Lots of really interesting discussions and ideas.’
‘Really informative and helpful. The delivery was engaging and interesting.’

Durham EDS Primary network support, 2019 onwards:
Network meeting autumn term:
‘Lovely to have such a knowledgeable and active course leader. Enthusiasm is infectious.’ ‘Great course – feel much more confident leading art.’ ‘She is brilliant’. ‘Great info about deep dives etc’

‘Thank you so much for the power points and photos. The staff had an absolute ball and one of our TAs is using the lesson in her mindfulness class with the after school club tonight! It has been a pleasure to meet you and thank you so much for your enthusiasm, passion and effort!’ Catherine Harper, headteacher St Benet’s RC Primary School, Ouston, Durham.

Art Builders Manifesto Day, Turner Contemporary in Margate:

‘Just a note to say a BIG thank you for your inspirational talk at Manifesto day in Margate. Somebody described it as ‘magical’ and I have to agree. You brought a clarity, a humour and the utter importance to this type of work. We were so lucky to have you support us.’ Jo Dyer and the AnimateArt team.


Where Have All The Boys Gone? NSEAD CPD London February 2019:
‘So much food for thought. It’s hard to know where to start. But, I do know that my boys are going to see a difference. Thank you.’

‘I always feels fresh, inspired and ready to pass on my new ideas after CPD with Susan Coles. My department dread my return! :-) ‘

‘Really insightful and useful. Given me loads to think about-particularly our curriculum. Thanks.’

‘I didn’t feel that you preached one solution to us but that you engaged everyone in reflective thought about their own curriculum and practice- I have not done that for years. Thank you, I really enjoyed the thoughtfulness of today and look forward to seeing more case studies online.’

‘Spot on. We women art teachers need to have more empathy with what it’s like to be a boy in the modern world. My eyes have been opened today and my department will begin a review this summer.’

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