visiting academic

As a visiting academic, I offer a range of Lectures, Workshops, Tutorials and Class Discussions for your 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. Download my Academic Bio here (2016). Lectures, Workshops, Tutorials, Class Discussions are delivered in person (I'm based in Iceland but often travel to the UK) - Tutorials are available online

Sonia’s optimism and enthusiasm inspires others to reach their full potential. She has helped and guided me on a wide range of interior design and architecture projects, and enriched my work through her innovative design thinking and creativity. Sonia offers the best advice and I feel privileged to have been taught by and worked with her!
— Katie Thomas, UK

 

LECTURES

portfolio preparation

LECTURE: PORTFOLIO PREP (45-60MINS)

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. 

£180

 
 
 
int arch

LECTURE: WHAT IS INT ARCH (60MINS)

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. 

£250

 
 
 
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
 

 

WORKSHOPS

drawing and sketching class

WORKSHOP: DRAW + SKETCH (HALF DAY)

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. 

£120

 
 
 
book binding

WORKSHOP: BOOK BINDING (HALF DAY)

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. 

£120

 
 
 
how to build a city

WORKSHOP: BUILD A CITY (FULL DAY)

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. 

£180

 
 
 
design in a day

WORKSHOP: DESIGN IN A DAY (FULL DAY)

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. 

£180

 
 
 
Sonia is a great teacher who has given me the opportunity to develop not just as a Designer but as a person too. Her teaching skills were perfect for my transition from Art Foundation to BA Honours. She is truly inspirational.
— Trishita Ghosh, UK
 

 

TUTORIALS

tutorial

TUTORIALS: INDIVIDUAL + GROUP

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:

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

 
 
 
Throughout my university degree, Sonia always supported my style of working and ideas, no matter how crazy they were. She always knew the right things to say to motivate and inspire you. Sonia is just amazing!
— Will De Liefde-Foote, UK
 

 

CLASS DISCUSSION

design class discussion

CLASS DISCUSSION (AVERAGE SIZE 25 STUDENTS)

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. 

£120

 
 
 
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
 
 

 

examples STUDENT WORK

 

 
 

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