Moreton Hall Art teacher Jan Miller has been awarded the ‘Talented Art Teacher’ accolade in the 2016 AccessArt Children’s Art Competition. Amongst the categories for children, this prestigious competition also had a teacher category as a way of acknowledging all the hard work and dedication that excellent teachers’ exhibit and the wonderful ways they inspire their pupils. Despite tough competition from many enthusiastic and passionate teachers, Moreton Hall’s own Jan Miller was announced the winner of this national competition.
AccessArt commented: “Jan impressed us with the sheer energy and range of her work with the children”. It is unsurprising that this range was something they noted and what ultimately led to the achievement of this award, as Jan’s breadth of artistic talent and her use of multiple mediums for all age groups is staggering. She works with ink and print, sketching, oil pastels, ceramics, photography, painting and textiles to name just a few.
Jan is an asset to the school, as she has obtained two degrees from top Universities and can boast almost 20 years’ experience of teaching Art across the full primary and secondary age spectrum. Jan commented: “My interests particularly lie in the students’ development of observational drawing and mixed media. I strongly believe in the use of personal sketchbooks at all levels. I expect the older students to have the same confidence and spontaneity as their younger counterparts. Similarly, I encourage the younger pupils to develop large work, over several sessions, alongside the older students.”
Jan’s committed to Art in and educational setting also stretches far beyond the Moreton Hall curriculum, as she is also inspiring Art teachers nationwide with her role as the Art Editor for SATIPS, a prep school magazine. She has also recently developed Able, Gifted and Talented sessions for her own students and has also extended this to a biannual event at other schools.