Mac is by far the best lecturer I’ve ever had. After coming from a school where the art teacher focused on themselves looking good with results and rigidly following a restricting curriculum it was an amazing experience for the first time to be trusted directing my own learning, my own projects and my own progression. Mac is like an art encyclopaedia there isn’t an artist he doesn’t know even a little bit of information on. Through this I learnt so much more about artists, artist technique and the history of art. His knowledge helped greatly with my projects as he knew artists I could use for inspiration and referencing. Mac is so supportive and understanding, there is no problem too small, whether you’re worried about art work or have personal issues he goes out of his way to find ways around your problems. Anyone who has the chance to work with Mac and be part of his art school is really lucky, his teaching and support will take you further in your pursuit of art, broaden your knowledge on artists and greatly improve your confidence.
David taught me during my foundation diploma in 2008 and without his guidance I don’t believe I would have achieved a First Class Honours Degree at Goldsmiths University in Fine Art and History of Art last year. David’s teaching really helped me develop a clear understanding of my practice whilst also pushing me to take more risks and be ambitious. His knowledge of contemporary and fine art is fantastic, he always had brilliant references to broaden your knowledge of the art world and arranged several trips to Berlin to help us uncover new artist and galleries to draw inspiration from. If you are ready to put in the hard work David is right there ready with you, to inspire and hone your artistic talents.
For anyone seeking to expand their artistic mind and view, with different eyes, the beauty (and savagery) of art and design that enriches our lives, David makes that happen. Not through small talk explaining the smallest nuance of a particular genre, but by making you think... really think about what art has to say (or not) ... and the chemistry of engagement with an audience.
I first met David when he taught me at college where I was a mature student; I wanted to push my own boundaries of knowledge of art & design to see where it might take me. The 12 months with David were hard work and totally consuming but I was also challenged by him to keep working on my ideas and his critical direction ensured my success.
Today, I work for a London based design and manufacturing company who work with architects, designers and furniture manufacturers and my work as technical consultant is both rewarding and fulfilling. With David's unique way of teaching I feel privileged that I had the foresight to listen and understand what he was conveying. The legacy for me is I now have a keen interest in art that will always remain in my life.
David was an excellent tutor at college where I was a mature student; he encouraged me no end in all that I did, with the very satisfying result that I got a life size self-portrait accepted into The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition! He is a wonderful artist and his knowledge of history of art is endless and he imparts his lectures with real enthusiasm, all his pupils got really involved in anything to do with art thanks to him. All students that are taught by David are very lucky. http://www.roseannes-art.co.uk/
" I had absolutely no artistic background when I stopped work in 2000 and decided to "Learn about art". David was our principal tutor for the HND Fine Art Course at S College and he opened up a whole new world for me and my fellow mature students. His knowledge of art history is incredibly wide ranging and he encouraged all his students to stretch themselves and explore the wonders that art can provide. It was not easy, the work was often challenging and demanding, but David was always available to provide advice, and more importantly, he urged us to fight against any inhibitions or pre-conceived ideas of “What is art?”. http://www.raybrothertonart.co.uk/
"As art lecturers go David is in a league of his own. I believe it is his confidence in young people that transforms them from being dreary GCSE art students into thoughtful young artists with great potential. When discussing even the most outlandish ideas I never felt like I was talking to a teacher but more like a creative advisor; always encouraging never patronising. As a result of his infectious passion for art I achieved a higher grade than I ever thought I was capable of."
David was Head of Faculty, Visual & Creative Arts at M College when I undertook an Art Foundation Course followed by a part time 5 year Higher National Diploma in Fine Art.
David is a dedicated and inspirational teacher both in the practice of art and, in particular, art history. He also organised and accompanied groups on overseas visits to Venice, Florence, and Berlin where both his considerable knowledge and enthusiasm were invaluable. http://johnlawrenceart.co.uk/
I am a Salisbury based artist and art teacher working privately from a studio in Wilton, Wiltshire. David taught me during my Pre-degree Foundation year; he organized the course to bring out the best from each student encouraging them to experiment with many different media whilst encouraging us develop our personal style and interests. There were a wide range of projects from life drawing, sculpture, portraiture, relief work, garden design, printing, artist book projects and graphic design. Students had the opportunity to develop skills that they could take further, for example, textiles and textile design; conceptual as well as traditional ideas and techniques took off through students works, supported by David’s advice and direction.
David has a professional manner whilst maintaining a good relationship with his students through a pleasant sense of humour. One time David suggested we watch controversial films and another time took his shirt off to ensure we had a life drawing model as the usual model was unavailable!
David has the knowledge and confidence to bring out the best in the people around him and maintains authority in his practice. http://www.ingridwalker.co.uk/
David was, throughout my Pre-Degree Foundation course, an inspiring and supportive lecturer. Each assignment was fun as well as challenging and he encouraged us to experiment with numerous techniques and materials. His extensive knowledge of art history, enabled me to keep my own work informed and led me to research artists and movements that I would otherwise not have been aware of. David’s belief in my abilities as a mature student gave me the confidence to continue my studies at university level, where the kind of support and expertise that David provided were sadly lacking by comparison.
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David was a great lecturer who kept my attention with inspiring talks and visits. Our trip to Berlin was exceptional as David’s knowledge of the city and the art scene there was fantastic. On my return I used the influences from Germany to put together a portfolio of work that was successful in gaining me a place at University. With his encouragement, I found the direction that I wanted to go in and have gone on to continue with a very successful career in computer aided design with one of the worlds leading architectural practices based in London.
David was the course leader and main lecturer on my Pre-degree Foundation programme at college following which I went on to study painting at the Charles Cecil School in Florence. I am now an established portrait painter of people and animals as well as running a painting school in Normandy, France.
David was inspiring and innovative, bringing different mediums, artists and ideas to all his students; he is a great teacher. He took us to Berlin where we experienced a different culture, new galleries, artists and art movements, and had a wonderful week . http://www.lucindacoldreyfineart.com/