Cornelia is a third generation artist. She became interested in what it means to be creative when studying Haida Art and culture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1996.
Cornelia regularly updates her knowledge and training at various art schools and teaching institutions in the UK, USA, Asia and France. She pushes herself further in her expertise by conducting research into child and visual culture, and designs projects for all age groups that fulfil a variety of requirements.
Cornelia is certified in the Fundamentals of Counselling and Psychotherapy (CCPE 1994) and has acted as a creativity consultant to a psychotherapy practice in central London. She has mentored adults with learning disabilities and done volunteer work in centres across London. Whilst taking interest in those activities, Cornelia always returns to facilitating the development of creativity through arts and crafts, her favourite mode of expression and her passion.
According to Cornelia, “the creative process is the champion in life, as it fulfils the need for simplicity and complexity all at the same time”.
Cornelia speaks English, French and Spanish and has two children.
The benefits of creativity for children:
Technological progress, advanced digital technology and developments in artificial intelligence mean that the acquisition of vast scholastic knowledge or the attainment of superb mental calculation ability are no longer enough qualifications to secure a prosperous future for our children. Many of the abilities that we considered uniquely human are now imitated and outclassed by digital technology. But there is one aspect in which machines will never be able to compete with humans…it is the realm of the creative, the unexpected and outright artistic in combination with solid knowledge.
Ask yourself: “have my children got enough outlets for their creativity?” “Is their autonomous ability to create new things fostered by the education system?”
My mission as an Art Mentor is to facilitate the blossoming of their creativity, to give them the spark which will light up the flame of creation, to give them a space where their own ideas will flourish, helped by a myriad of stimulating formats for artistic creation.