Island of Art - Ann Marie Whitton - Biography

Here's Ann Marie's biography.



Teacher, Artist and Photographer


2000-2001, Access Art and Design. Oaklands College. Hertfordshire

2000-2001, City and Guilds, Life Drawing. Oaklands College. Hertfordshire

1999-2000, City and Guilds. Photography. The Royal Photographic Society. Oaklands College. Hertfordshire.

1998-1999, Art Therapy Foundation Certificate. University of Hertfordshire.

1989-1990, Advance Diploma in Special Needs (Severe Learning Difficulties). Cambridge Institute of Education.

1974-1978, Certificate of Education. History and Art. Balls Park College, Hertford, Herts.

Relevant Teaching Experience

2001-present. Watercolour for beginners, Oaklands College. Part-time tutor.

1995-present. Special Needs teacher. (3 to 19 year olds, Severe Learning Difficulties). Supply teaching in Herts.

1995-present I set up Dragon Art Studio with the aim to organise and teach art to adults and children.

1986-1995. Full time Special Needs teacher. (3 to 19 year olds, Severe Learning Difficulties).Woodfield School, Hemel Hempsted, Waverley School, Enfield and Watling View School, St Albans.

1984-1986. Full time Junior Teacher (5 to 11 years olds). Supply teaching in Herts.

1983. Special Needs teacher (11 to 16 year olds), with boys who have emotional and behavioural difficulties. Boxmoor House School, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.

1980-1985. Full time junior teacher, Brockswood JMI School, Hemel Hempstead. Herts.

1978-1980. Full time Special Needs teacher (11 to 16 year olds, Emotional Behavioural Difficulties) Falconer School, Bushey, Herts.

My Artistic Skills, Experience and Interests

Collage, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, puppetry/toy making, sculpture, sound, audio, and book making.

Areas of Work

Individual and small group broad based art tuition.

Creativity consultant for commercial and educational establishments.

Early Years education, Primary education, Art Therapy, Special Needs, New Technology and workshops.


These are descriptions that influence my art practice, emotions/feelings, abstract/landscape, art therapy theory i.e. works of Carl Jung, automatic painting and drawing, dreamscape, painting dreams and visions, communication via art, creativity and skills, circle/cave paintings, impressionistic, vivid/bold, colourful, collage, inside/outside, portrait and life.

Training Experience

1999-present. City and Guilds Photography course. Oaklands College.

1999-2000. Portrait Heads in Clay. Oaklands College.

1999-2000. Art Studio Course. Oaklands College.

1999-2000. Life Drawing. Oaklands College.

1998-1999- Art Therapy Foundation Course. University of Hertfordshire.

1991. Making sketch books one-day course. Inca Studio, Amersham, Bucks.

1995. Portrait and Life. Ten week course. Oaklands College. Herts.

1995. Chinese Brush Painting. One day workshop. Oaklands College.

Recent Exhibitions

2003 Snapshot 450, St.Albans Charter Exhibition.

2003 Tourist Board St.Albans, Leaf photograph.

2003 The Maynard Gallery, Welwyn Garden City.

2003 Open Studios, Love, watercolour paintings and photographs.

2002/2003 Learning to love you more. Website exhibitions, of paper bed, shadow painting and video.

2002 Open Studios, The Show, Acrylic paintings, installations and photographs.

2002. Short film, Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, USA

2001. England Installation, Oaklands College.

2000. Photography exhibition, Oaklands College.

1999. Open Studios, Herts Visual Arts Forum. During September I opened my studio to the public. Also other Open Studio events held in May 1999.

1996. Papier-mâché Exhibition and demonstration at St. Albans City Library, Maltings, St. Albans.

1995-1996. Exhibitions about Dragon Art Studio in St. Albans City Library, Maltings, St. Albans.

Millennium Exhibition 27th November 1999 to 31st January 2000 at Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.

Reviews in the Press

2003 Welwyn and Hatfield Review, a watercolour painting, shown at the Maynard Gallery, Welwyn Garden City, part of Herts Visual Arts Forum taster exhibition.

2002 St Albans Observer "Bloodlines", my paper bed quilt, a photograph.

1999 The Verve, "Art, United Artists for Countywide Show", Herts Advertiser, 2nd September 1999, page 29.

1999 Deborah Williams, "Artists invite you to visit their studios".

St Albans Observer, 3rd September 1999, page 13.

Membership to Societies

Herts Visual Arts Forum Web site - Society for all artists