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University of Wolverhampton Art student, Niki Gandy, is using her expertise to support parents who have become educators overnight.

Prompted by the current COVID-19 pandemic, Niki, will be hosting regular art and photography tutorials which will guide parents through their teaching experience.

Since graduating from the University of Wolverhampton with a BAHons in Video and Film production, Niki’s career led her to supporting her students skill development as Head of Photography and teacher of KS3 Art and Design at the former Abbots Bromley School for Girls school in Staffordshire, until it closed in August last year.

Niki returned to the University of Wolverhampton in September, studying for her MA in Fine Art and supports the University Centre for Lifelong Learning in Stafford.

Centre Manager Trevor Humphreys said: “Niki joined our team in January to support our evening short courses and has rapidly become an active member, taking over the delivery of our culture café, developed for learners who are new to the County and for whom English is a second language.

“Making the transition to run the centre from our homes during the pandemic, we needed to make sure we continue to support our students of all ages, who use the centre for short courses, clubs and advice”.

 As a qualified teacher, Niki will be delivering a number of virtual tutorials centred on art and photography.  “A lot of my friends and colleagues are pulling their hair out, wondering how they can educate their youngsters at this time.

“I wanted to support them with quick ideas using items around the home, to make their education fun.

“I will be keeping them as simple as possible, aimed at KS1 but all of them can be developed for any age – even those who haven’t picked up a paintbrush or pencil for years”.

The new tutorials will be available on Facebook from Tuesday 31st March at 11.00am and can be found by liking @WLV.UWiS.

Niki will regularly create new ideas and challenges for artists of all ages to create their own masterpieces. “I hope everyone will take the time to share their finished work so that we can create a virtual art gallery – who knows when all this is over we could even display everything for those who are not online to see”.

Tutorials are available here:

KS1 block printing 31/3/20

University of Wolverhampton Architecture Graduate, Cris Cohen, is using his expertise to help families work together and build their skills and knowledgebase in the kitchen.

Prompted by the current COVID-19 pandemic, Cris will be hosting a weekly cookery show which will premiere on Facebook Live from Monday 23rd March.

Since graduating from the University of Wolverhampton with a BAHons in Interior Architecture, Cris’s career has developed to help others build their knowledge of food creativity.

As a qualified teacher, Cris already delivers highly successful workshops around cooking, nutrition and wellbeing in schools and Colleges. “This is a time when as a nation we all need to support each other and I wanted to use my expertise to help as many people as I can.

“Every time we turn on a pan, slice or cook an onion or mix ingredients together, different things are happening.

“Cooking covers all aspects of the school curriculum with the language we use in our recipes, the communication during cooking and eating and with the maths and science of the ingredients we use and how they combine.

 “I plan to keep this as simple as possible, some families may not cook so this is a time for them to learn together and be creative.”

With his company FEASTED Cris currently delivers workshops in schools and colleges, training anyone from 3 year olds to more mature chefs.

The new cookery show will air weekly on Facebook live from Monday 23rd March at 10.00am and can be found by liking @Feasted19.

Cris will also offer advice and support throughout the week on his Facebook feed.

Looking ahead to Monday’s show Cris said: “It’s going to be awesome and I want to make it to work for you, whatever your age, together we can support each other and help parents educate their children in their home environment.”

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