Izzy Moreau is a mixed media artist with over 20 years experience teaching both adults and children in the arts. Having moved to Australia from the UK in 2004, she founded the Moreau School of Art in Sydney, before returning to the UK in 2012 to start Lavender Leonardos.
The school initially ran a series of taster sessions, which quickly expanded with popularity to after-school and weekend courses, holiday workshops, birthday parties and private tuition.
Principles for Lavender Leonardos
“The classes will be small enough to ensure individual tuition and monitor the progress of each child with lots of encouragement.”
“There will be constant re-enforcing of art history. Children might take an armchair from Matisse, a figure from Gaugin, a guitar from Picasso and make own painting.”
About Izzy Moreau
Isabelle Therese Moreau was born in England to a French father and German mother, Isabelle grew up amongst a family of artists, actors and musicians. Her greatest inspiration was the artist Molly Blake, who instilled in her a love of puppets, a recurring theme in Izzy‘s creative life.
On leaving school Izzy was apprenticed to restorers of paintings, furniture and ceramics in association with the V&A, in the days when elderly masters passed on their secrets of gesso, gilding and restoration to the select few.
She continued studying Fine Arts & 3d and was also involved in postgraduate lecturing in Art (up to MA), and teaching Drama and Theatre Arts.
As an artist in residence her skills as a teacher and artist combined perfectly, running workshops in colleges, schools, universities, libraries, council estates, prisons and mental health centres, in conjunction with exhibiting her art all over Europe.
Izzy’s art and teaching became more and more community based, teaching teachers how to teach art, teaching artists how to run workshops, mentoring artists in residence and creating strategies for art development in the community and outreach arts programmes.
In due course she was in charge of art adult education centres across the south east of England.
Responsible for tutors, buildings, writing and moderating art and craft units across the UK .
Throughout this time she also worked for television as a presenter for the BBC, ITV, and channel 4.
In 1999 Izzy took on Artist in Residence for the Millennium Dome; she conceived and ran a clock making project in which thousands of children took part in designing and making their own clock . Through her guidance during visits, and via web cam 10000 clocks were made, 3000 of which where displayed at the dome and seen on ITV ‘ s millennium documentary.
In 2004 Izzy‘s work took her to Australia. There she presented arts and crafts on Channel 9 with her sister Louise (Quirky Birds), and her own children’s art series for the ABC. She also worked on the puppets for the Lion King and Magic Flute. Then in 2006 opening the highly successful Moreaux Art School for adults and children in Sydney. Shortly before moving back to the UK in November 2012, she launched the Quirky Bird Craft kits for children, available at www.quirkybirds.net.au.
As well as founding Lavender Leonardos, in 2013 Izzy also started Lavender Print School, an adult printmaking and bookbinding school on the same site in the Battersea Business Centre.