Jim Jack, an outstanding sculptor and Art and Design lecturer at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, has had his work featured and celebrated in the newly launched Arteast17 magazine.
Jim, who has been at the College for 15 years, teaches three days a week and spends most of his remaining time in his studio where he creates his own pieces.
Jim teaches sculpture as part of the Art and Design BTEC Diploma for Level 3 students who wish to go on to university or straight into the Arts industry. He said: “Sculpting involves working in 3D so the skills acquired are transferable in architecture, interior design or car design - all subjects that our students have gone on to study.”
Jim uses inspiration for his work from Southern Africa, and as a starting point likes students to experiment with their work.
“I try to teach my students ‘don’t pre-empt yourself. Don’t have a finished idea in your head, because then you’re manufacturing an object and you lose any element of surprise,’” explains Jim.
His own work and life at the College often intertwine - most notably for a project in Miami.
“I was asked to commission a 14.3m high sculpture for a project in Miami. Four of my students worked with me, which gave them an insight into working on such a large and industrial project. It was invaluable experience for them and they have all gone on to be very successful in their careers,” says Jim.
Kate Rhodes, Head of School for Creative and Media, said: “Jim is a fine example of the tutors we have at the College. We try wherever possible to have tutors that have extensive professional experience in the field they are teaching, and can provide as much insight as possible to the students.”
The College offers Art and Design courses from Level 1 to Level 3, which include a Fashion pathway. Creative courses also include Media, Performing Arts and Music Technology.
People interested in studying Art and Design should visit www.conel.ac.uk or call the Course Information Line on 020 8442 3055 where they will also find information about our Career Workshops.
The workshops are being held at the Tottenham Open Day on 24 November. They focus on a range of subjects, from Art and Design to Public Services, and are aimed at giving people information on various industries, including information on salaries and pathways.
To read Jim’s article, visit www.arteast17.com