Ms. Lee : Creative Thinking/Mixed Media Specialist

I started teaching Craft, Design and Technology in 1986 in London and did so for three years.  I thoroughly enjoyed this subject area as it involved the creative process and working with a variety of materials. However, I moved into the Art field when I moved abroad to teach and have since been the Head of Art in two International Schools in the Philippines ;one for 14 years where I was the Head of Art and Creative Arts Centre coordinator (achieving international exam results above the world average for 14 years in a row) and the latter for 5 years where I was the Head of Elementary Fine and Performing Arts. I sincerely believe in the importance of Art and, far more importantly, Creative Thinking, not only as a complement to other studies but as the basic structure that all learning should be hung on. Creative thinking is a force in life that is necessary to address in ALL students. I see myself as a facilitator more than a teacher, encouraging students to develop their own ideas and concepts; giving voice to a persons innate creativity as I like to put it.  I feel it is important to guide rather than dictate. I encourage students to think about what makes them tick and to work through their conflicts and aspirations by researching, problem solving and creating artworks that deal with issues real to them.  It is also important for me to be a functioning artist; It is essential for my own fulfilment and to be an inspirational role model for students. Since moving to Malta I have found myself regularly inspired to either paint or write (depending on what materials are to hand at the time!). All of my works are deeply personal and expressive pieces directly related to current experience. In fact, I don’t always choose to paint, I have to and the ideas just unfold as I start work. Sometimes I paint in class, either on a piece I may be working on or a backdrop for school and the students are absolutely fascinated by seeing the work develop.  I have recently developed my Animal portraiture and my work can be seen on the following facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/LeeGarrovilloEquineAndAnimalArtist

My experience of living abroad started as a child and most of my working life has been spent overseas. I love to immerse myself in a variety of cultures and have now finally folded my wings here in Malta. I dont expect to be moving on as I have always wanted to return since living here in the 70’s. (If there was anywhere in the world to enjoy the 70’s as a teenager, it was here!) I have come to realise over the years that I passionately teach Creative Thinking through the medium of Art. The core set of values that guide my classes include valuing original ideas, demonstrating enterprise and innovation, and engaging with and responding to the aesthetic qualities of the natural and constructed world. The creative process of: Researching, Analysing, developing Initial Ideas, choosing a Final idea, Making, Evaluating/Reflecting and finally making an Action Plan for further developments underpins my classes, private or otherwise: With a sound understanding of the Creative process students will  eventually develop the self belief and confidence to create not only substantive works of art but to function creatively in any life situation.  The elements of Line, Shape, Form, Color, Value, Pattern and Texture are the basic concepts that are developed through carefully thought out projects with younger children. Essential skills are taught, continuously reinforced and enhanced at different levels according to the child’s ability. Most importantly, all of this has to make sense in todays world and I ensure my students fully understand that creative thinking is not just an Art skill but a prerequisite for success in any context.

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  1. kristina
    October 13, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    hi i am kristina from junior 6A i love the blog great job

    • October 29, 2010 at 7:46 PM

      Thank you, its fun doing it…..it will get better and better I hope. 🙂

  2. kristina
    October 27, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    hi miss lee i am from junior 6a do we have homework because i didn t see any thing written??

    • October 27, 2010 at 6:03 PM

      Hey there Kristina, check again and read carefully!:-)

      • kristina
        January 18, 2011 at 1:17 PM

        hi miss Lee its kristina from junior 6A just to tell you that i am really enjoying the lesson about Mandalas they are very interesting see tomorrw in the lesson
        THANKS

      • January 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM

        Good! it really is very interesting isn’t it 🙂

  3. Matthew Luke Zahra
    March 1, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    hi ms lee do we have any home work for tomorrow?i found nothing on blog. Thanks Matthew luke senior 1B. see you tomorrow

    • March 1, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      I am out of school, sick Matthew. I won’t be in until Thursday.

  4. mandy
    October 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    hi miss lee im really enjoying your lessons.
    its my birthday on the 4th november!!!

    • October 25, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      And I am enjoying teaching you all. 🙂 Happy Birthday for that day then 😉 and make sure you find me with your birthday cake 😉 hehehe

  5. November 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Hi Ms.Lee it’s Jasmine I used to be in junior 4A but I left to go to a different school I really miss u
    Jasmine
    P.S Please look at my website it is about arts and crafts : artsandcraftsfunthings.jimdo.com

    • November 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      Great website Jasmine 🙂 lots of fun ideas… 🙂 I hope you and Saffron are happy in your new school? 🙂

  6. November 25, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Thank you miss you lots 😦

  7. November 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Ms.Lee is there any way you could tell people about my website on facebook or something? Because not many people have looked at it I think only 6 people have looked at it including you ok bye.

  8. Hellie
    May 1, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Hi ms it’s hellie from senior 1B the painting on the cubism I don’t know what to do because as u said u think the painting went out of the window what should I do

    • May 2, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      I must have been very busy when we discussed this Hellie, I cannot imagine your work flying out of the window….you need to come here and search for it.

  9. Hellie
    May 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Ok thx ms I will look tomorrow thanks for u help

  10. Khadija
    November 21, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    Hello ms lee i didn’t find my nikales

  11. piotrowski
    March 6, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    good to read all of that, you did a lot. Check your face book, very nice. Isabelle, Julia ‘s monther

  12. December 19, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Hi Ms Lee,
    Just wanted to wish you Merry Xmas & Happy New Year! Enjoy the holidays! I’ll miss you! 😘

    ~Maya xx

  13. Karl J5B
    January 5, 2016 at 6:16 AM

    Ms lee the evaluation we had of junior 5 was of the animal letters and on a paper we do it

    • Lee
      January 26, 2016 at 7:49 AM

      sorry Karl, I just saw this now! Yes, do it in your sketchbook or on a paper if you need to. 🙂

  14. Sylvana Borg Caruana
    March 14, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    GOOD MORNIG MS LEE on friday you told me and some others to get there mandala on monday can I bring it to on tuesday please because I am sick.

    • Lee
      March 15, 2016 at 8:45 AM

      yes, no problem. 🙂

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