ABOUT

“What can I say about Julie?

Julie is really ‘out there’ – what’s in her head is amazing!”

Steve Jeavons
Steve JeavonsDirector, IGNITE Teaching School

About 2Art Days with Julie Mitchell, B.Ed., M.A., FRSA.*

As a qualified teacher of 28 years standing, Julie has worked in over 130 schools and communities, first as a general primary teacher and then as an artist-teacher. Her work with children has been exhibited at London’s National Gallery, Salford Lowry, Chester Cathedral; and three times shared at Tate Liverpool (Exchange). The  artwork exhibited at Chester Cathedral was part of a community project that won the 2018 Land Trust National Award for Best Community Project, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

She is currently the lead practitioner for IGNITE (a National Teaching School) in Art and Design and Design Technology. IGNITE, at St. Bernard’s R.C. Primary School, Ellesmere Port, is the lead school in the largest teaching school alliance in the northwest of England (OFSTED Outstanding, with its University of Chester partner).

In 2016 Julie was awarded a ‘SLiCE’ research fellowship with the Arts Council’s northwest bridge organisation Curious Minds (‘SLiCE’ – ‘Specialist Leader in Cultural Education’).

In 2019 Julie was further honoured with a Fellowship from the Royal Society of Arts.

Julie offers consultancy for your senior leadership team in:

  • Clarification/sharpening of your education ethos and methodology (the why and how)
  • Your curriculum planning (plus half-term planning sessions with teachers to inspire and boost ideas)
  • Creating a school environment fit for learning

Julie offers education and training for your children and staff in:

  • Art, Craft and Design
  • Design Technology
  • Creativity Across the Curriculum
  • ‘Enabling Environments’ and ‘Display for Education’

You can commission Julie:

As a professional artist/designer, Julie offers illustration, text decoration, caricatures, paintings, digital textile design and sculptured ‘bas-relief’ wall art. She has created bespoke wedding stationery; designed and produced twinning charters for municipal authorities; made replica historical liveries and costumes; and designed and illustrated a published history book.

*B.Ed. (Hons.) Art and Education (with Psychology); M.A. in Creativity and Education for the Professions (Art, Craft and Design focus); Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.