Anna Marlen-Summers

Trained in Fine art At Nottingham Trent University, Anna has worked in arts education for over 20 years.  Having now moved into adult arts education management and away from the classroom full time, as well as recently completing an MA in Arts and Learning at Goldsmith University, Anna’s practice now explores the material nature of thinking and “working out”, the much-maligned value of making something nice to look at, and the symbiotic relationships between learner, educator, artist, audience, art and place.

Approach to teaching
My approach to teaching is to first not have one, my approach is to learn and how this can be facilitated in my classroom, hopefully with very tittle “teaching” taking place.  Making and creativity are innate skills and my role as an educator are to support their growth and use.

What inspires my own work
My work is inspired by: Feeling that all my own creative practice has been done and all that remains is the occasional craft outburst. Deciding that the teaching itself is a creative practice.  Occasionally managing to do a little drawing and feeling utterly fulfilled and wondering why I didn't do it before. Creating events where I will have to show my work so I have to make some.

Help preserve our future

West Dean College and Gardens are part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us