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My name is Thea Van Schalkwyk. I am an art consultant and art educator.
I was born into the world of creativity. I was introduced to the intriguing and often complex world of artists and their beautiful creations at a very young age. This foundation lead me to study art at university and also to teach art. I learned about the business side of art thought the family gallery and was lucky enough to work with many great artists. I now own my own art consultancy and have a special interest in career development for those interested in art. I provide special career guidance to learners with creative minds and have written a guide called Careers for Creative Thinkers to make school leavers aware of the many career options available to those who might not specifically be into, or enjoy, mathematics and science.
The guide is almost like a journal of conversations I have had with more than 30 international visual arts practitioners that are currently benefiting from rewarding and well-paying careers. I use a novel approach to make the reader experience a day in the life of each practitioner – by means of a simple 30-minute fun project capturing the essence of the career.
Learners from all around the world are responding very positively to this new fun guide!
For the younger children I have developed a series called 'Lucy and the Fairies' READ & DRAW which consists of 5 individual short fairy stories where the child is invited to listen to the story and then make a drawing of it. The drawings can then be sent to my creative art website at Hotskills: www.hotskillsblogblog.wordpress.com for a positive, encouraging reply (for free).
Hope that you too will find my career guide and activity books valuable and fun!
Thea van Schalkwyk