Academic staff

Untitled Document
Photo of Amanda Gizzi

Amanda Gizzi

Lecturer in Art & Design

Education, Teaching and Leadership (ETL)


Tel: +44 (0)131 651 6514


Charteris Land


Amanda Gizzi balances both her work as an Artist and her position as  the main lecturer in Art & Design  at the School of Education. Her art output is in the media of tapestry, she exhibitits professionally nationally and internationally. Her work in the University involves Teaching, Learning, CPD and inivative educational projects.

Within her art work she is a member of Scottish Tapestry Artists Regrouped and Visual Arts Scotland.

Prizes and Awards include:

Leith School of Art Award at RSA

Scottish Gallery Applied Arts Prize Visual Arts Annual Exhibition at RSA  

Scottish Gallery Applied Arts Prize Visual Arts Annual Exhibition at RSA

The Lily McDougal Award Visual Arts Annual Exhibition at RSA

Scottish Gallery Applied Arts Prize Visual Arts Annual Exhibition at RSA

Teaching and Learning Projects include:

Writing and delivering CPD -

Using Sketchbooks in the Classroom

Best in Show- Drawing process and development

Fowl Play - Developing drawing towards design

Partnership projects with ECA -

Innovative Teachingincluding

Strictly Come Drawing

Best in Show

Partnerships with Creative Scotland and ECA

Adopt an Artist - Developing using artists in participatory roles.



Principal interests

Research interests include:

Art & Design Education;

  • Using the work of artists to enhance education;
  • Disciplined based art education;
  • Developing visual arts through exhibitions as part of a research profile.
  • Visual Literacy
  • Visual Culture

Current and recent research

'Adopt an Artist'


A Partnership Project – funded by Art Works Scotland and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


ARTIST / TEACHERS – TEACHER / ARTISTS – A project to promote true partnership between the professional bodies above and to encourage student artists and student teachers to collaborate on developing creative materials stimulated by the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland.


Adopt an Artist and plan together as student teacher and student artist to address the needs of the young learners in your class. Subjects involved are Mathematics – English Language – Art & Design

Students asked to Create a set of activities which are inspired by art works at either the Modern 1 or 2, the Portrait Gallery or the National Gallery, all in Edinburgh towards creative learning across the curriculum.

'Adopt an Artist' ebook and PDF on the ECA website



New Professional Learning Opportunities in Art and Design

Moray House College of Education, in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art, is developing a new programme of professional learning opportunities for teachers of Art and Design and for those teachers who wish to develop their expertise working with children in the field of Art and Design.  Two workshops from this programme are now available:

'Best in Show' and 'Woking with Sketchbooks'


Publications list for Amanda Gizzi



Working with Sketchbooks

Edinburgh College of Art and Moray House College of Education

Friday 21st March 2014 (2-5.30pm)

Venue: Edinburgh College of Art


A half-day workshop for secondary school Art teachers on sketchbook practices. 


Participants will:

  • make  their own sketchbooks
  • engage with young artists on how they keep their sketchbooks
  • see development from ideas to conclusion


This workshop will give teachers the opportunity for a hands-on practical bookbinding session with links to uses back in the classroom and National 4/5.  Participants will develop a greater understanding of the most current practice of sketchbooks within an Art & Design degree. This will assist in supporting secondary students with their class and portfolio work as a homework solution and personal dialogue.   Throughout the session young people will share their approaches to sketchbook development and describe how it impacts their work.

The workshop follows three sessions:

  • practical uses of sketchbooks in terms of drawing and development. This will embrace examples of ‘habits of the minds’ and forms of continual practice.
  • participants will have the opportunity to create their own sketchbooks; learn bookbinding techniques; and explore more unusual sketchbook forms connected to Curriculum for Excellence overall themes
  • a guided tour of art studios will give insight into the journey from concepts to conclusion. Discussions will focus on the artist’s development from research in sketchbooks to realization.

The event finishes with a wine reception and a final chance to network.


Book Online: Pay by invoice or credit/debit card

Best In Show

Edinburgh College of Art and Moray House College of Education

Friday 2nd May 2014 (1.30-4.30pm)

Venue: Moray House College of Education 


A half-day workshop for primary and secondary teachers with an interest in Art and Design focused on canine-inspired multi-disciplinary drawing.  No drawing skills are necessary. 


Participants will:

  • learn easy hands-on techniques that can be developed back in the classroom
  • experience drawing from life
  • take away further ideas for developing Art themes with young people of all ages



This fun and informative workshop acts as a forum for teachers to practice and share drawing techniques.   Attendees will be introduced to a selection of ‘dog’ models and their owners and set a series of drawing exercises as both individuals and as part of a group.  The session closes with discussions and feedback from both participants and Edinburgh College of Art and Moray House School of Education staff.  All work can be taken away and shared in the classroom. The workshop aims to inspire participants and is part of a larger programme to raise confidence and skills of both students and teachers. 

All techniques can be transferred into a multitude of themes suitable for classroom teaching.  Examples of classroom ideas suitable for primary and secondary will be exhibited.


The following video highlights a previous Best in Show event


Rob Gillen Video




Book Online: Pay by invoice or credit/debit card



Alternatively, contact the Office of Lifelong Learning for more details:


Office of Lifelong Learning - CPD Unit

The University of Edinburgh

Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road

Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

Scotland, UK


Phone: +44 (0)131 651 1189

Fax: +44 (0)131 651 1746




Accessibility menu