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Mr Martin Harrison


Head of Art and Drama Department

BA (Hons) Fine Art (University of Central Lancashire) , Post Graduate Certificate in Education (University of Lancaster)

I am joining ISM at the start of my 24th year of teaching. Prior to moving here, I taught for sixteen years, in three very different schools, in the United Kingdom. In my last school there, I was Subject Leader of a highly successful Art department for seven years. In 2014, looking for new challenges and ways to grow, I left the United Kingdom, with my family, and moved into international teaching. Since then, I have had the pleasure of teaching in two further schools, building two outstanding departments. Firstly, as Head of Art at The British School of Beijing (2014-2018) and then as Head of Art at Al Ain Academy, Abu Dhabi (2018-2021). I have been repeatedly proud, as I have witnessed my art students continue to progress on in Art and gain places at Central Saint Martins (London, UK), Parsons Paris School of Art and Design (Paris, France), Instituto Marangoni (Milan, Italy), Savannah College of Art and Design (Georgia, USA), Rhode Island School of Design (Rhode Island, USA), Parsons School of Design (New York, USA) and Hongik (Seoul, South Korea).

I am beyond delighted to be fortunate enough to come to Moscow and become part of the ISM family. I am so looking forward to helping its students on their artistic journeys, both through Art and Drama. It is incredibly exciting to think of what we are going to achieve and create. My old Dad used to tell me "If you find a job you love, then you have solved half of life's problems!" He was not wrong. I am leading a blessed life!

Away from the classroom, one of my main passions is unsurprisingly art. Although I always have a painting on the go, as long as I am creating something, then I am at my happiest. It is impossible to get creative without music, so I always have the radio on. Be it Classic FM or BBC Radio 6, I am always listening. I love to cook, another personal way of winding down at the end of the day or week. I also love to walk, wherever and whenever. I try to get outside as often as possible.

My main love though is my family. Joining the ISM family with me is my wife Rachel and two sons Freddie and Ralph. After living amongst the sand dunes in the UAE, we are all looking forward to seeing the seasons change again and, most of all, SNOW!