lecturers, workshops + more

As a Visiting Academic I offer a range of Lectures, Workshops, Tutorials and Class Discussions for students to participate in. Feel free to have a read through the following descriptions, if you'd like to discuss these further or make a booking, please contact me directly. You can download my Academic Bio here (2016-7). Please note that Lectures, Workshops and Class Discussions are delivered in person and Tutorials are available online. I'm based in Reykjavik, Iceland but often travel to the UK.

I found Sonia’s teaching approach to be very relaxed which was refreshing - as if we were on the same level; colleagues rather than Tutor / Student. During my studies at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) it became apparent that Sonia drew inspiration not only from her surroundings but from the people she worked with; her students. The diversity of her knowledge and skills was always evident in her work. Plus she has a distinctive and infectious laughter, with charisma to match!
— Sasha Bolatovich, UK
I found Sonia’s teaching approach to be very relaxed which was refreshing - as if we were on the same level; colleagues rather than Tutor / Student. During my studies at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) it became apparent that Sonia drew inspiration not only from her surroundings but from the people she worked with; her students. The diversity of her knowledge and skills was always evident in her work. Plus she has a distinctive and infectious laughter, with charisma to match!
— Sasha Bolatovich, UK
A wonderful lecturer, Sonia is probably one of the very few people I look up to and hate to disappoint. Having been extremely supportive all through my Higher Education, she has always pushed me to do better; which is one of the main reasons I transferred from RMI Bangalore, where she lead our course, to the UK where she had taken up a new teaching position.
— Niriksha Baliga, India

portfolio preparation

LECTURE: PORTFOLIO PREP (45-60MINS)

£180

THIS LECTURE GIVES AN EXPLANATION OF WHAT A PORTFOLIO IS AND HOW IT IS USED IN INTERVIEWS. AN OVERVIEW OF CONTENTS, SUBJECT FOCUS, TIPS ON EDITING AND STYLING, LAYOUT AND BEST WAY TO PRESENT YOUR WORK. THE LECTURE ENDS WITH A DISCUSSION ON HOW TO SUBMIT OR EXHIBIT WORK. EXAMPLES OF WORK ARE GIVEN AND LINKS TO PORTFOLIO WEBSITES. 

int arch

LECTURE: WHAT IS INTERIOR ARCHICTECTURE (60MINS)

£250

THIS LECTURE GIVES AN OVERVIEW OF THE SUBJECT OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE, AND THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN JOBS WITHIN INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE. AN EXPLANATION ON THE DESIGN TEAM; WHO IS INVOLVED AND WHAT THEIR ROLE IS. WHAT AN INTERIOR ARCHITECT DOES AND WHAT YOU WILL STUDY TO BECOME ONE. STUDENT WORK IS SHOWN TO HIGHLIGHT PROJECT BRIEFS. 

drawing and sketching class

WORKSHOP: DRAW + SKETCH (HALF DAY)

£120

A HALF DAY WORKSHOP CONSISTING OF A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT DRAWING AND SKETCHING EXERCISES. THESE ARE ALL TIMED, WITH ENCOURAGEMENT AND GUIDANCE GIVEN. WORKSHOPS WORK BEST IN GROUPS AROUND A TABLE. DRAWINGS WILL BE 2D, 3D, EXPERIMENTAL AND CREATED TO MUSIC. THIS IS A FUN WORKSHOP TO ENCOURAGE HAND DRAWING AND CONFIDENCE WITH MARK MAKING AND USE OF LINE. 

book binding

WORKSHOP: BOOK BINDING (HALF DAY)

£120

A HALF DAY WORKSHOP WHERE WE WILL GO OVER THE IMPORTANCE OF DRAWING, MARK MAKING AND KEEPING A SKETCHBOOK. USING A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT PAPER, WILL WE CREATE A SKETCHBOOK WITH COVER, PREFERABLY USING RECYCLED MATERIALS, AND BIND THE BOOK TOGETHER USING CONTRASTING THREAD. THE BOOKS WILL BE POCKET-SIZED, SHOW CREATIVITY, AND REFLECT A SUBJECT/OBJECT/FORM I.E. A HOUSE. 



how to build a city

WORKSHOP: BUILD A CITY (FULL DAY)

£180

A DAY LONG WORKSHOP WHICH LOOKS AT URBAN DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND COMMUNICATION. DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF GROUP, WE WILL WORK INDIVIDUALLY OR IN PAIRS. THE ‘CITY’ CAN BE AS CREATIVE AS THE PARTICIPANTS LIKE - ISLANDS, TOWERS, SUSPENDED, FUTURISTIC, ANYTHING. PARTICIPANTS WORK TOGETHER IN PLANNING THEIR IDEAS FOR THE ‘CITY’ BEFORE DECIDING ON ITS CONTENTS OR LANDSCAPE. EACH PARTICIPANT IS ALLOCATED A SQUARE AND DESIGNS WITH CONSIDERATION OF THEIR NEIGHBOUR. THEY THEN CREATE 3D MODELS USING RECYCLED MATERIALS. THEY ARE BROUGHT TOGETHER AND LAID OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CITY PLAN, AND THE CITY TAKES SHAPE. 

design in a day

WORKSHOP: DESIGN IN A DAY (FULL DAY)

£180

A CHALLENGING WORKSHOP ASKS PARTICIPANTS TO DESIGN AN OBJECT IN A DAY. CAREFULLY PLANNED OUT TO MEET STAGED DEADLINES, PARTICIPANTS MOVE THROUGH EACH STAGE OF THE DESIGN PROCESS. WE START WITH A PROJECT BRIEF, BRAINSTORMING, CONCEPT, INITIAL IDEAS, TESTING, REDESIGNING, AND SO ON UNTIL EACH PERSON HAS CREATED A DESIGN. THIS WORKSHOP WORKS WELL WITH MID TO FINAL YEAR STUDENTS WHO NEED A CHALLENGE, FRESH APPROACH AND MOTIVATION. 

tutorial

TUTORIALS: INDIVIDUAL + GROUP

MAX 10 STUDENTS £20 / 4-5 STUDENTS £50

INDIVIDUAL PROJECT TUTORIALS CAN OFFER SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT AND FRESH IDEAS IN A STUDENTS PROJECT. DISCUSSING A PROJECT OR IDEA WITH A FRESH DESIGNER CAN HELP REFOCUS, MOTIVATE AND EXPLORE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS TO A PROBLEM. TUTORIALS WORK BEST WHEN A STUDENT IS PREPARED WITH THEIR SKETCHBOOK, DESIGNS, MODELS, ETC SO THEY ARE READY TO SHOW, EXPLAIN AND DISCUSS THEIR WORK. TUTORIALS CAN BE GIVEN IN THE FOLLOWING GROUPS:

design class discussion

CLASS DISCUSSION (AVERAGE SIZE 25 STUDENTS)

£120

A CLASS DISCUSSION, WITH SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE TEACHER OR LECTURER, CAN GIVE A NEW PERSPECTIVE TO STUDENTS AND SHARES NEW EXPERIENCES, STORIES AND IDEAS. CLASS DISCUSSIONS CAN BE ON A VARIETY OF SUBJECT (DISCUSSED PRIOR TO THE SESSION) BUT INCLUDE; THE DESIGN PROCESS, RESEARCHING, INTERNSHIPS, EMPLOYMENT, STUDY TIPS, PRESENTATION TIPS, AND MUCH MORE. CLASS DISCUSSIONS WORK WELL IN A MORE INFORMAL SETTING I.E IN A CLASS ROOM AROUND A LARGE TABLE, IN A STUDENT LOUNGE, ON SITE, ETC.