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Bonnie McGough

Bonnie McGough
Solihull, West Midlands B90 3QT
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Background Information

Years Teaching:  20
Years Teaching Clay:  16
Years Working w/Clay: 17
School or Studio:  Studio
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  I teach all aspects of working with polymer clay...from beginners to very advanced.
First Experience With Clay:  Seen it demonstrated, and wanted to add more different workshops.
Past Teaching Experiences:  Demonstrated for Eberhard Faber/ Staedtler(UK) at International Trade Fair ( NEC) and all over Gt Britain
Demonstrated at large store : Hobbycraft, Colemans, Gadsbys,Staples etc...
Demonstrated abroad too, Dublin, Galway, Limerick/ Ireland
Workshops and Demos for British Polymer clay Guild
Workshops at colleges and schools
Private tuitions
Judging for National Fimo Competition 2009
At present writing a book (nearly finished) on Working with Fimo
Publication Experience:  Some magazines/ step by step work with Fimo
Teaching Level:  Professional Semi-Pro Amateur

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  No limit
Reimbursed Expenses:  Tuition Fee plus mileage and expenses
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  2
Maximum Number of Students:  Worked with 30, but prefer to work with 10
How Far Will Travel:  No limit
Reimbursed Expenses:  Tuition Fee plus mileage and refreshments

Class Prep Time:  Do not need much, but normally spen about 2 days preparing
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  2 weeks with a break in the middle
Class Listings & Descriptions: 
1. Introduction to polymer clay, includes tools, requirements, simple mixing of the clay and making a simple item..
2. Millefiori. Leaf cane,flower cane, making a simple rose and a bug
3.Blending colours, Mokume Gane
4. Blending colours. Faux Abalone,
5 Lapis lazuli, Amber
6. Jewellery, Beads, Focal beads
7. Bangles, bracelets
8. Pendants
9.Painting with Fimo, Image transfer,
10.Liquid Fimo, all methods
11. Small animals- Pets
12. Sculpted Animals: Dog, Cat, elephant, giraffe, tortoise
13.Sculpting animals, Dogs , cats,
14.The Dragon
15.Fimo on glass, candlesticks
16.Bottles of Hope
17.Decorating Boxes
18.Sculpting faces
19.Sculpting hands
20.Jewellery creatures: bug
21. spider,

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

" Learn all about the subject you are going to teach. Practice , Practice, Practice, as a tutor of a craft you should be able to demonstrate what you teach...this is art. Make it as simple and easy as you can. Go for it is a wonderful art that you can inspire and teach to all young and old."

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