Head of Art Robin Macintosh introduces A level Fine Art at RIC.
Robin joined RIC in 2003 and teaches Fine Art and History of Art. Robin studied Fine art at the University of Plymouth. His own practice as a painter explores tensions between the figurative and abstract, inspired predominantly by the British landscape.
Michael Daks introduces A level Photography at RIC
Head of Photography Michael Daks joined RIC in 2017 from Paris College of Art (formerly Parsons Paris, the French Annex of Parsons New School.) He was formerly Senior Lecturer in Photography at Southampton Solent University and Visiting Professor at the Istituto Marangoni, Paris. Michael has worked as a fashion and portrait photographer in London, Paris, Milan and NYC, with clients including The New York Times Magazine, Untitled Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. His short film 'The Butterfly Collector' has now been viewed online over 1 million times. Michael's portraits of Dennis Potter and Kenneth Branagh are in the permanent collection of The National Portrait Gallery in London. His fashion work for BLITZ magazine was recently exhibited at the ICA in London, and published in the book 'As Seen in Blitz- Fashioning 80s Style.'
Francesca Baur introduces A level Textiles at RIC
After studying printed textiles at Middlesex Art College RIC's Fran Baur worked as a freelance textile designer for some years in London, as well as training to teach textile design. This year she held an exhibition of her unique natural hand-printed textiles at Rochester Art Gallery as the culmination of a year-long project supported by Arts Council England. Whitstable-based Francesca’s trademark, eco-friendly local textiles, employ traditional skills, from growing the flax for linen to seasonal foraging and making natural plant dyes.
She also won Junior Teacher of the Year in the National Wool4school Competition.
Francesca is currently working on a project for the Channel 4 programme Building the Dream designing fabrics for a house being built in Barham, Kent. At RIC Francesca teaches GCSE and A level Textiles and has supported students in applications to top courses including Fashion Design Menswear at Central Saint Martin's and Costume for Theatre and Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts.