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Clara Ryan

Rivers, Annacotty, Castletroy, Limerick

M: 085 7564152


2013 – 2014: Limerick School of Art and Design: Higher Diploma in Art and Design education
2:1 Honours
 This course included three blocks of work placement in a secondary school. Through this I have
gained a valuable experience in curriculum planning, teaching and classroom management.
 Developed my academic and research skills.
 Completed an action research project on introducing ICT elements into the secondary school

2009 – 2013: Limerick School of Art and Design: BA in Product Design, Ceramics
1:1 Honours
 Experienced in a variety of disciplines Ceramics, Graphics, Painting, Print, Sculpture and Textiles.
 Maintained a high standard of work and grades throughout the four years.
 Worked in an innovative way using a variety of techniques

2008 – 2009: Limerick College of Further Education: Fetac level 8 in portfolio preparation


2018: Three Rivers Academy – Art Sick Leave Cover April-May

 Experience teaching key stage 3, key stage 4 and tea teaching A levels.
 Taught a variety of art mediums, understanding of the English curriculum.
 Met with sick teachers tutor group weekly.
 Good rapport with students and staff.

2018 Raynes Park High School – Daily Supply May-July

 Experience teaching all levels covering a variety of different subjects.
 Experience teaching SEN/ learning support classes.
 Involvement in GCSE exam invigilating.

2017: Castletroy College – Art Teaching Substitution work

 Experience teaching 1st- 6th years in Art and Design.
 Enjoyed the privilege of working with students with special needs.
 Good rapport with students and staff.
2015: Dreams to Reality Volunteer Programme, Christian David Moravian School- Head Tutor
 Over 840 hours experience tutoring students in 1 st-7th grade.
 Responsible for establishing an effective special needs friendly curriculum.
 Involved in planning and preparation for outings.
 Ran a weekly soup kitchen in Muizenberg from my volunteer accommodation.
 Involved in a mosaic project working with children from the Capricorn Township.

2014: Milford Care Hospice – Project Co-ordinator/ Researcher- Mosaic Project

 Developed a theme and colour scheme, designed a number of tactile areas and designs for
residents to interact with.
 Delivered process workshops to the art facilitators in tile manipulation and various colured slip
 Initiated classes with residents making textured tiles.

2013 – 2014: Castletroy College – Student Teacher

 Over 90 hours teaching experience teaching, 1 st/ 2nd/4th and 5th years.
 Experience in team teaching 3rd and 6th years.
 Familiarity teaching students with a variety of special needs.
 Delivered ceramic process workshops to Teachers and students.

2011 - 2018: The Park Nursing Home – Art Teacher / Activities Manager
 Succeeded in establishing, organising and instructing a weekly art and ceramics class for residents.
 Responsible for organising elderly friendly weekly activities, outings and musical entertainment.
 Experienced in dealing with challenging situations and multitasking efficiently.

2008 – 2009: Spiral Tattoo- Apprentice/ Receptionist

 Consulted with customers on tattoo designs and bookings.
 Maintained a sterile and hygienic work environment to meet strict safety standards.
 Overall financial matters in the studio and improved record keeping methods.


2012: "Plate Exhibition" Limerick institute of technology.

2012: "New Ceramics" Limerick print makers.
2012: "New Ceramics" Blue Berry Gallery, Limerick.
2013: "Odyssey" Limerick School of Art and Design.
2013: "RDS student art awards" RDS concert hall, Dublin.
2013: “RDS student art awards" Luan Gallery, Athlone.
2014: "Culture of Clay" The Hunt Museum, Limerick.


2014: Ceramics Ireland

2014: Athlone Times

Proficient in:

Microsoft Word Microsoft Publisher Windows movie maker

Microsoft Access Photoshop Windows and Mac OS
Microsoft Excel InDesign
Microsoft PowerPoint Sam Animation


TEFL Master Course 2015 Freyer Award for Excellence 2014

IVHQ Certificate of International Volunteering 2015 FETAC Portfolio Preparation 2009

Extra Studies

 Certificate in Keeping Children Safe in Education completed with Tradewinds September 2018.
 Certificate in Creating Behaviour for Learning completed with Tradewinds May 2018.
 Certificate in Child protection completed Online training NIPT Induction Programme May 2017.
 Certificate in Supporting Students with Special Educational Needs completed online training NIPT May 2017.
 Certificate in SSE Planning, completed online training NIPT May 2017.
 CPD Post Primary Literacy Cluster completed in Galway ETC May 2017.
 CPD Post Primary Numeracy Cluster completed in Cork ETC March 2017.
 Certificate in Dementia: Understanding Behaviours completed on ACC Online training May 2017.
 Certificate in End of Life Care: Grief and loss completed on ACC Online training May 2017.
 Certificate in Infection Control: The Basic principles completed on ACC Online training May 2017.
 Certificate in Elder Abuse training completed in The Parking Nursing Home March 2017.
 Certificate in Manuel Handling training completed in the Park Nursing Home February 2017.
 Certificate in Fire Safety training completed in The Park Nursing Home January 2017.
 Certificate in HACCP: Food and Nutrition completed in the Park Nursing home 2016.


 My primary passion is art; I am interested in a variety of mediums. I am currently working on project about my
experiences and the people I met while in South Africa. I am also working with tin, making embossed lanterns.
 I practice yoga daily.
 Gardening, I really enjoy being outside taking care of my fruit and vegetables.


Maria Finucane Joe Shortt Mellisa Hunter

HDip Course Director, Art Teacher Dreams to Reality Co-ordinator
Limerick School of Art and Design Castletroy College

T: 087 975 9027 T: 087 770 8636 T: +27 813 735 269
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