TLC welcomes study enquiries from within Corrections facilities around NZ. We provide the following resources to Corrections students:
- DVDs and notes adapted to meet Corrections guidelines
- Pre approved art materials
- Easy access to Mentors who can be contacted by post, phone and on-site visits where applicable
- Participation in end of term student exhibitions
For more information please phone 0800364636 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Profile - Jay Bizell*
Right from the outset, Jay Bizell has been highly motivated, taking on technical challenges that often scared him. His eagerness to learn, however, outweighed his fear.
Jay is one of approximately 80 prisoners studying art from Corrections’ facilities around the country, using the distance-learning processes at The Learning Connexion. Sharon Hall, Restricted Programmes Co-ordinator at The Learning Connexion, says that Jay has been particularly successful with chalk pastels as a medium. “His patient and determined nature with such a messy material has provided him with the ability to create some very striking work,” she says.
Jay has graduated from the Certificate programme and is currently enrolling in the Diploma programme. One day, he says, he would love to be able to teach art and share what he has learned with people willing to learn and who appreciate the value that art has. “I would be keen to help others extend on the skills they already have and help them see where this could go because the sky is the limit for them – just as it is for me,” he says.
*Not his real name.