Resume

Professional info

I am a Professor of Fine Arts, finished my university degree in July 2013 at Pedagoška Faculty, University of Maribor, Slovenia in painting Chiaroscuro portrait under supervision of Ludvik Pandur, akad. slik. spec..

Since 2016 I’m self employed at ART OF MY OWN, art school and art sell. My main activity is portrait and figure painting (dancers), children’s book illustration and mentoring talented children and adults at my own art school, based in Ruše, Slovenia.

Work​ experience​

ART OF MY OWN, art school and art sell, Kaja Lukač s.p.
Self-employed
September 2016-present
I established Art school for talented children, youth and adult art amateurs. I host as a mentor and teacher in various association and projects.  My work also consists of project managing, media publishing, book illustrating and mostly exhibiting my art work.

PVSP – Participant in Buisness managing program
Maribor Developing Agency
February 2016 – July 2016
PVSP is a four month training to prepare participants to develop their own business idea, learn how to create and manage a company, marketing, finances, connections in business world and develop a full understanding of leading a company. My business idea was based on opening an Art school and art sell.

Project managing, CEZAM youth centre
Project work
August 2015 – March 2016
I worked as a creative assistant at the FLOR festival, executing a project “Tržnica” – creating an artistic based pub with live music in an old market. I took the role of project managing a multi media dancing show Virtual Dreams, Into the Light and children’s play Sleepy Star. My role also consisted of children animation, coworking at cultural festival Glazerjevi dnevi, graphic design for events (leaflets, catalogues, posters…).

AU PAIR plus
Crawley, United Kingdom
March 2014 – March 2015
While living in UK I learned to speak, understand and write English almost fluently. My job as a nanny left me with excellent pedagogical skills, it consisted of education, days out, supervising homework, health and well-being and taking care of their environment.
I also illustrated children’s book Frogs (Rege ali Žabje frke) by Peter Andrej in addition to my primary role.

Stage Actress and Scenery
Cezam, Ruše, Slovenia
September 2013 – June 2014
In a stage play for children, I took part of making the scenery, stage equipment and played the main roll of a young boy, discovering a book.

Craft teacher, Curator
Cezam, Ruše, Slovenia
April 2013 – August 2013
Curated art exhibitions including the organisation of music, food and programmes.
Organised and taught crafts to children aged 4 to 13 and produced posters and leaflets to publicise the events.

Gallery Guide for children
Umetnostna galerija Maribor (Art Gallery Maribor), Slovenia
March 2009 – January 2011
Animator and exhibition guide for children aged 3 to 18. I held workshops for talented children, covering discussion, painting and education. I also held workshops during Festival Lent (a two week music and arts festival held in Maribor) called “Art Camp” teaching crafts to children of all ages.

Cheer-dance teacher
Košarkaški Klub Maribor (Bascetball Club Maribor), Slovenia
September 2008 – June 2010
Here I was a dance teacher for girls aged 11 to 14. The group performed at the half-time break of basketball games. The classes covered contemporary dance, pom-pom, cheer dance and gymnastics.

Education

Taras Dance School
Training to be a Dance teacher
2013-2014
I successfully passed the examination at the end of the course
The course taught the students how to teach dance to children at nursery school (aged 3 to 6), infant school (aged 6-11) and high school (aged 11-14).

Center plesa, Maribor
dancing school
2008 – present
I took lessons of contemporary/modern dance twice a week, ballet and pilates. I participated in stage performances every September, December and June. Occasionally my group joined dancing competitions as well. Twice I participated in conditional training week in Rogaška Slatina.
Activities and Societies: contemporary/ modern dance, ballet, pilates

Art education, Pedagogical University Maribor
Bachelor’s degree in Art painting, Fine/Studio Arts, Education, Art History, 10
2005 – 2013
We were taught didactics (how to teach art to children and adults), painting, sculpture, drawing, graphic arts, photography, the form and context of art and art history.
Activities and Societies: Contemporary dance, modern, ballet, pilates and students society Aegee-Maribor

Palacký University in Olomouc
Erasmus exchange, Art Teacher Education, A
2007 – 2008
Taught painting, sculpture, drawing, graphic art, performance art and the discussion of art.
Activities and Societies: Ballet and modern dance. Performance with a dance teacher from abroad.

Plesna Izba Maribor
dancing school, contemporary dance, modern, balet
2004 – 2007
I took lessons of contemporary dance twice a week, modern twice a week from 2005 and ballet ones a week from 2005. I explored ways of expressing myself with dance, learn to cooperate with co-dancers and participated in stage performances every December and June.

Gymnasium (Gimnazija in srednja kemijska šola)
Graduation (Baccalaureate), High School/Secondary Diplomas and Certificates
2001 – 2005
Activities and Societies: Student theatre Janus, contemporary dance, summer school for languages – German in Salzburg, summer school for languages – English in Winchester

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Association of Glazer’s Homestead, social company (Društvo Glazerjeva domačija, so.p.)
president
2016- present
Association keeps Cultural Heritage in Ruše (my hometown), educates children, makes cultural events and develop various international relations and is active in all sorts of cultural events (book writing, art exhibitions, festival cooperation, music events, books associated events…).

AEGEE-Maribor
social working team leader
2011 – 2015
As a team leader, I organised events for the European Students Association including educational workshops, games, projects and social activities.

Art Association Rulik, Ruše
2002 – Present
I joined art association, established by my grandfather, in my early teens, as a line of my parents and grandparents. I participated in traveling excurses, exhibitions and other activities all years. Between 2011 and 2013 I become a leader of art and craft workshops for elder people and children.

Skills

– Art education
– Portrait painting
– Figure painting
– Drawing
– Illustration
– Education and pedagogy
– Craft
– Organisation
– Team leadership
– Art history and traditional painting
– Gallery guide
– Photoshop Adobe
– Childcare
– Contemporary dance, modern, ballet

Languages

Slovene  – native proficiency
English – full profesional proficiency
German – limited working proficiency
Croatian – limited working proficiency
Czech – elementary proficiency
Slovene Sign language – elementary proficiency