“I am passionate about all types of visual art and design. I am equally passionate about education and teaching. I love to see people given opportunities and gain confidence to live their lives fully, reaching their potential,” says Foundation Certificate in Arts and Design student Grace Wium.
After completing a sport and recreation degree and teaching qualification, Grace taught for four years before travelling through Europe, America and Canada. She entered the Whitecliffe Foundation programme this year to up skill and open up teaching art and other creative opportunities.
“I come from an artistic background and I am committed to the therapeutic qualities in art for viewer and artist. In a society where depression and suicide rates are so high, I believe art has an important role to play and potential to give hope and beauty to people’s lives.”
She chose Whitecliffe because she felt the Foundation course offered the best overview of art and design in Auckland and is relishing the opportunity to broaden her skill base and expand her understanding of the art world.
“It has been interesting to gain an understanding of how different people view things; I’m learning a lot from my class and I’m feeling very inspired. I’m also enjoying the variety of subjects and working together in small groups.”