Robert Gordon University, UK - Masters in Art & Design with Distinction, 2019
Plymouth University, UK – Steiner Waldorf Eearly Years FdA, 2010
Bennington College, Vermont USA - BA in Liberal Arts, Painting & Illustration, 2000
Studio Art Centers International, Florence ITALY - semester, 1999
SF Art Institute, San Francisco USA - summer courses, 1997
The Putney School, Vermont USA – high school diploma, 1996
SF Waldorf School, San Francisco USA – K to 8, 1992
FURTHER EDUCATION COURSES:
Mindfulness in the Classroom, University of Aberdeem, UK, 2022 Creative Entrepreneurship Short Course, SCQF Level 11, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK, 2021
Visual Arts Scotland, Society of Scottish Artists, Aberdeen Artists Society, a-n The Artists Information Co, ArtWorksAlliance
AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS:
YAPA Award, Aberdeen, UK, 2021
Visual Arts and Craft Maker's Award, Aberdeen, UK, 2021
Graduate in Residence, Gray’s School of Art, UK, 2019/2020
Visual Artist’s & Craft Maker’s Award, Aberdeen, UK, 2016
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Pictor Association, Turin, ITALY, 2002
Premio Citta’ di Pisa, L’hotel Duomo, Pisa, ITALY, 2001
The Slotnick Scholarship: Excellence in Painting, USA, 2000
The Park McCulla Award, USA, 1998
WORK EXPERIENCE IN THE ARTS:
Artist Commission, Aberdeen Art Gallery, UK, 1/2021. Selected for a commissioned piece to be included in the Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collection. Research, preparation, and execution of commission, public engagement and liasing with Gallery staff.
Graduate in Residence, Gray’s School of Art, UK, 2019 – 6/2020. Assisting with the Masters in Art & Design program while having a studio provided and access to the school facilities in order to continue with my artistic practice.
Freelance Illustrator, various Publishers, EUROPE, ASIA 4/01-1/13 Illustrating children’s books, from classic fables to new stories; researching for the project, preparing storyboards, dummys, and final illustrations in watercolor and collage, conversing with publisher for changes and final editing before publication .
In-house Illustrator, ErasmusCD libri, Pisa, ITALY 5/02-9/06 Creating original designs and illustrations, logos and headings, working on various projects from decorating the Water Museum, il Museo del Acqua, to creating illustrations for various projects.
Apprentice Art Teacher, Putney School Summer Programs, Putney, VT USA 6/03-8/03 Assisting with painting classes, creating lessons and working one on one with students, teaching a children’s book illustration class.
Assistent Designer, BirgitDesign, San Francisco, CA USA 6/98-8/99 Foux painting, marbling, gilding, art restoration, designing, proposing and painting murals (from private homes to church ceilings) participating in client meetings, designing stationary and business cards.
Visiting Artist, Grazia Ceramics, Deruta. ITALY 6/99–7/99 painting majolica ceramics, creating new styles and producing models for a new line of plates, cups, dishes, etc.
Gallery Attendant, Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, VT USA 9/99-6/00 explaining exhibits to visitors, planning, hanging, displaying and overseeing artwork.
WORK EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING:
Parent & Child Group Leader, Seedlings Initiative Group, Aberdeen, UK. 6/14 – 3/2020. Offering a space where parents can share a calm morning with their children, making bread, singing songs and creating seasonal crafts, starting a craft group and singing group for older children and organising festivals with families throughout the year.
Lead Nursery Teacher, Berkeley Rose Waldorf Inspired School, Berkeley, USA. 7/2016-6/2017. Working with a group of sixteen 3-4 yr olds, creating age appropriate activities and rhythm, involvement with parents, colleagues and school community through meetings, festivals and events.
Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher, Aberdeen Waldorf School, Aberdeen, UK. 1/10 – 11/13. Preparing daily, weekly, seasonal/annual schedule, implementing it, working with parents, celebrating festivals, attending conferences and teachers meetings, meeting with perspective parents, reviewing children, child studies, craft work for the classroom and weekly with the children, memorising stories and new ring times and new songs/finger plays, creating puppet show, maintaining harmony within myself and the group.
English Teacher, The British School of Pisa, ITALY. 10/00 – 6/03 teaching English to children between the ages of 4 and 19 in groups of four to 25 students, as well as adult classes. Creating lessons, preparing students for exams, practising listening, conversation, reading and writing skills through activities that involve students in a meaningful way and excite learning and the imagination. Material used: songs, literature, interactive games, art.
SOLO PAINTING EXHIBITIONS:
Sociopolitical Stories, Sir Ian Wood, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK, 2020
Colour & Form, Pheonix Centre, Newton Dee, Aberdeen, UK, 2020
Experiential Colour, Christian Community, Aberdeen, UK. 2020
Art in the Waiting Room, Camphill Medical Practice, Aberdeen, UK, 2019
Recent Work, Newton Dee, Aberdeen, UK, 2010
Paintings by Ursula Mathers, Galleria Eclectica, Pisa, ITALY, 2007
Botanical Paintings, Art Op, Pisa, ITALY, 2006
A different Shade of White, Lo Chalet, Torre del Lago, ITALY, 2004-5
Solo Show, Five o’clock, Pisa, ITALY, 2004
Personal Exhibition, Il Ciglieri, Pisa ITALY, 2003
Light Origins, Jackson Pollock Centro, Pisa ITALY, 2002
GROUP SHOWS:Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK, 2022
Creative Entrepreneurship Showcase, Look Again, Aberdeen, UK, 2022
Aberdeen Artists Society, Aberdeen Art Gallery, UK, 2022
Borders Art Fair, Edinbugh, UK, 2022 Micro-Commissions, Aberdeen Art Gallery, UK, 2022
What Our Winter Feels Like?, Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen, UK, 2020
Little Originals, Roseangle Gallery, Dundee, UK, 2019
Christmas Exhibition, Camphill Medical Practice, Aberdeen, UK, 2019
MA Degree Show, Gray’s School of Art, RGU, UK, 2019
Submit, WORM, Aberdeen, UK, 2018
Winter Open, Moray Ar Centre, Findhorn, UK, 2018
North East Open Studios, Aberdeen Waldorf School, Aberdeen, UK, 2012
Paintings by Ursula, Green Edge Cafe, Sheffield, UK, 2008
Il Tè, La Limonaia, Pisa, ITALY, 2006
Trame di Donne, Chiesa di S.Zeno, Pisa, ITALY, 2006
Edizioni Plus Illustration Exhibit, Palazzo Rettorato, Pisa, ITALY, 2005
M. Currier Center Opening, The Putney School, Vermont, USA, 2004
Action Painting, Stazione Leopoldo, Pisa, ITALY, 2004
Imago Mundi, Imago Galleria, Pisa ITALY, 2002
Fuoricentro Inougurazione, Gruppo ARS NOVA, Livorno ITALY, 2002
Imago Inaugurazione, Imago Galleria Pisa ITALY, 2002
Premio Citta’ di Pisa, Hotel Duomo, Pisa ITALY, 2002
Prints by Hand, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley CA, USA, 2001
Senior Show, Bennington College VT, USA, 2000
Spring Exhibition, SACI, Florence ITALY, 1999
Peep Show, Junior Exhibition, Bennington VT, USA, 1998
One of a Kind, Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco CA, USA, 1997
Dark Horse, Sausalito CA, USA, 1997
Young Artists Show, Brattleboro VT, USA, 1995
SHOPS & GALLERIES:
Fine Art America, online, from 2021
A Yarn Tale: handspun skeins and wrist warmers, Aberdeen, UK, from 2018
CreativelyUrsula, Etsy Shop: paintings, illustrations and wild wool, from 2018
Experiential Painting by Ursula Mathers, Perspectives: the Journal of the Christian Community, Spring Edition, 2021
Pastel painting “Orange Dancing,” in Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotlands Magazine of New Writing and Visual Arts, issue 16, 2021
Quarantzine, online zine in response to Covid-19 lockdown, gaada.org/quarantzine, March 01, U.K., - 2020
The Second Book of Little Dragon Mu, Mu visits the Netherlands, written by Ann Katherine Isaacs and Robert Wagenaar, Edizioni Plus University Press, Pisa, ITALY – in press
Alice nel Paese delle Lettere, written by Stefania Bigi, Campanila Editrice, Pisa, ITALY, 2007
Arcobaleno sul Golden Gate, Mappamondo dagli Stati Uniti d’America, part of the Mappamondi series, Sinnos Editrice, Rome, ITALY, 2006
Goccetta, written by Monica Bini, published with Just in Time, Torre di Lago, ITALY, 2006 I
Il Calendario del Riccio by Giuseppe De Benedittis, ErasmusCD libri in association with the Province of Pisa and UNICEF, Pisa, ITALY, 2005
The First Book of Little Dragon Mu, Mu visits Europe, written by Ann Katherine Isaacs, including a CD with the story in 36 languages, Edizioni Plus University Press, Pisa, ITALY, 2005
Donkey Skin by Charles Perault, The World’s Great Stories Series, Korean and English versions published, Kyowon Co., Ltd, Seoul, KOREA, 2005
La Principessa Luna e il Pescatore di Perle, written by Andreina Chiari Branchi, published for UNICEF by ABAX Editrice, Parma, ITALY, 2004
The Little Match Seller by Hans Christian Andersen, Ta Chien Publishing, Tainan, TAIWAN, 2003
Gone with the Wind I & II by Margaret Mitchell, Ta Chien Publishing , Tainan, TAIWAN, 2003
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontè, Ta Chien Publishing, Tainan, TAIWAN, 2003
Sleeping Beauty, Ta Chien Publishing, Tainan, TAIWAN, 2003
Drawings, Silo Journal of arts & letters, Bennington College, Bennington Vermont, USA, 1997