Jo is a teacher with 22 years experience, now specialising in working with children with Profound and Multiple difficulties. She finds exploring different ways of creating art with children exciting, whether the initial stimulus be a story, music or the natural world. She believes Art can provide a vital means of communication for many children who find the conventional forms difficult; and that creativity can act as a springboard for further learning and engagement.
She has run several successful 'Family Learning' courses to encourage parents and carers to engage in more sensory and creative art play with their children, and wants to dispel the myth that you have to be artistic to create art! It should not be feared and there is always more than one interpretation! Creating art should be fun and it can be incredibly meaningful to those who create it and also for those that can then share it.
When Jo is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family, re-reading 'Jane Eyre', Christmas shopping throughout the year, dancing with friends and encouraging her 11 year old to take a shower more than once a week.
She also believes that creating art is helped enormously when accompanied by a hefty slice of cake, a sense of humour and a change of clothes as it can get messy!