West Town Farm
Course starts: 11th January 2022
Days of the week and times:
Tuesday mornings from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Tuesday afternoons from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Course duration: 12 weeks
11th, 18th, 25th Jan
1st, 8th, 15th Feb, Closed 22nd Feb
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd,29th Mar
Limited availability. Please call Sarah on 01392 793228 for more information.
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Amazing course very surprised at what can be achieved and so friendly too. Can’t wait to start again in September.
Very much recommended! Wonderful friendly and encouraging environment for everyone from those who have been “arty” before to those who haven’t gone any further than stick men previously.!! You will be amazed how far you can go in just 14 weeks!!
This course has exceeded my expectations in every way. I have completed two terms and plan to return in the autumn. It has been lovely to learn and achieve in a relaxed and friendly environment. Our teacher Chloe has encouraged us to develop our own strengths and styles in a very supportive atmosphere and Joanne does a great job looking after us throughout, plus providing us with fabulous refreshments and keeps the log burner going!!!
Really enjoyable classes in a lovely, relaxed environment, but that is not to say we do not work hard – we do! Chloe and Joanne give us so much stimulation, support and encouragement which increases our confidence greatly. I think the End of Year exhibition showed how much we all love the course and are looking forward to next term.
Tracy has for many years worked and exhibited her artwork all over the globe. She uses her art to help and encourage people to become who they were always meant to be.
Art has played an enormous roll throughout her life. She is a professional artist and teacher. Art is at the forefront of everything she does. From exhibitions to opening Holistic Art studios in Iraq to help people escape trauma. Tracy is passionate, supportive, and extremely creative. She adores Abstract art but finds all mediums exciting and rewarding.
Tracy is looking forward to meeting and helping you on your creative path. .
Cecilia Lopez is a Visual Artist, based in London. She loves connecting with people and places, the passion of her life (and challenge) is to experiment with colours and materials. She has a Master Degree in Industrial Design and a PhD in Architecture. She has taught Design for many years as well as facilitated art workshops for kids and adults in various settings.
When not teaching in class, she works from her home studio creating paintings and illustrations, gaining inspiration from nature and rich colours with lots of textures. Some of her works play with the characteristics of portraiture along with culture aspects as visual metaphors to express or to convey messages. Have a look at some of her most recent work at: www.ceciloel.com
Angeli is a Partner covering the beautiful villages in Runnymede and Surrey Heath. Born in Hampstead, London, Angeli grew up in Old Windsor on the Berkshire/Surrey borders and has lived, worked and studied across London. Initially a business graduate, her career followed various roles in buying, sales and marketing, mainly in the IT software industry, providing a rich source of skills for business support. Whilst working and looking after her family Angeli pursued her interest in developing her creative skills through part-time college courses, subsequently graduating with her BA (Hons) Fine Art from the Buckingham Chilterns University College. She enjoys country walks, pottery and DIY, including a project to set up a garden art studio.
Nathalie has always had a passion for drawing and she specialised in Art and Art History whilst studying in France. She did her Foundation course at Atelier de Sèvres Babylone in Paris and then attended the Olivier de Serres Art School. Moving to England at 23 she specialised in murals, taking commissions from schools, restaurants and also for homes. Nathalie developed a strong interest in portraiture exhibiting four times at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the BP Portrait Award. Recent commissions include Sir Christopher Snowdon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey and Dame Helen Alexander, Chancellor of the University of Southampton. Nathalie has been teaching for a number of years and enjoys encouraging her students to explore their artistic side and develop their skills.
Emily is our Partner in Guildford, she is married with three children, all girls! Emily started her career as a dancer before studying for and gaining a qualification in interior design. Emily is highly creative but has an innate sense of customer service, she runs lovely daytime and evening classes at her beautiful venues in Godalming and Guildford.
Rav is our partner in the beautiful, rural region of Malvern in Worcestershire located at one the most iconic and characterful Abbeys, The Abbey Hotel. She grew up in the midlands and studied finance and management. She has spent most of her career in sales and marketing working nationwide. She enjoys travelling with her husband and taking advantage of Worcester’s many walking trails. She has a very philosophical view to life and thrives on encouraging others to realise their true potential. She believes that through art people can express themselves in ways that they didn’t think was possible.
Linzi trained at Bradford Art College gaining her B.A. in Art & Design. She went on to become a named designer at Liberty’s and sold her hand-printed silks exclusively in Liberty’s of London. Linzi had always written and performed her own songs and she signed to Warner Chappell’s as a songwriter having won the Nordoff Robins singer songwriter award through Radio 1. She gained her teacher training and PG Cert in Fine Art & Professional Practice and went on to become Head of Art/Textiles in London. Linzi became Assistant Director for KW4K’s which culminated in a charity performance in aid of Anti-Slavery International at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House called ‘Break the Chains’. Her interest in art, theatre, set design and music has been a constant thread throughout her life. From set designing on London fringe productions to set design for a production at The Traverse, Edinburgh Festival she has facilitated community music and art projects both in the UK and abroad. In 2007 Linzi devised and led an Arts initiative in Banda Ache, Sumatra, following the tsunami. She worked with over 100 students who had been directly affected by the tsunami, creating artworks with the children to raise money for the Sukma Banska schools. Linzi worked at Compton Verney Art Gallery in the Learning Department, before becoming Head of Art at The Croft School for five years. She continues to work with ‘Stratford Youth Theatre’ making and designing sets and props for their productions.
Presently, working as a freelance Artist/Teacher she continues to make and exhibit her ceramic sculptures and prints. She is particularly drawn to textiles and drawing, selling her work at Narberth Pottery in Pembrokeshire. Linzi hosts and produces The Art Show on Welcombe Radio, Stratford upon Avon, a community radio station. The Art Show showcases and celebrates all art forms made in the community, and is an online space that enables creative people to share their work.
Libby is a designer-maker, artist teacher living with her son in the Malvern Hills area. She has always worked within Art and Design, which has allowed her to create, build and develop with a broad variety of materials, techniques and processes. Libby completed my BA(Hons) degree in Design Crafts at Hereford College of Art and Design and found her passion for making contemporary antique furniture and constructed textiles based on a theme she called “working the magic”.
After her degree Libby completed a PGCE with Marches Consortium specializing in Design and Technology and taught Resistant Materials, Textiles, Graphics and Art and Design to a GCSE and A-level standard. She currently works in the busy Art and Design department of a local college as a Demonstrating Technician and covering Lecturer. Libby enjoys supporting others to achieve their outcomes and working within a variety of arts including Photography, Textiles, Fashion, Print, 3D and Fine Art.
In her spare time Libby enjoys spending it in the countryside, traveling, motorcycle touring with her partner and developing new ranges for her crafts business.
Asia enjoyed teaching adults and children for 20 years, self publishing a book, and being a small business owner in the personal development industry. Asia loves playing with watercolor, working in her herb garden, and creating jewelry with precious metals. She is passionate about exploring a variety of mediums which attracted her to ColourWheel. Asia and her husband, James, have two grown sons. She lives near the North Carolina Coast, loves the outdoors, and enjoys visiting the beach every chance she gets. Asia loves meeting new people and creating a community space for people to get messy, make mistakes, and shine. She looks forward to welcoming you, supporting you and cheering you on in art class.
Audrey has followed a career as an artist-teacher since graduating from the University of Leicester in 1977 where she gained a B.Ed (Credit) in Art and Design and Certificate in Education. At the start of her career, she taught in a large comprehensive school in Bolton and extended her experience and expertise across the key stages to later coordinate Art and Design in a community school in Rochdale. This experience led her to becoming a Senior Lecturer in Professional Studies at Liverpool Hope University from 1998-2011, where she led and taught students on the BA undergraduate and postgraduate Art & Design courses wishing to becoming teachers and art specialists, together with organising a series of annual community art workshops in disadvantaged areas of Merseyside as part of the ‘Aim Higher’ schools’ initiative.
The opportunity to continue her professional development led her to Switzerland to the College of Beaux Arts to continue her studies towards a Diploma in Stained Glass and Fine Art, which she successfully completed in 2015.
Audrey’s work is inspired by both the natural and manufactured world and explores the various ways in which the landscape has been shaped through history. She has exhibited her work in London and abroad, in Switzerland and NSW, Australia, and continues to paint in her spare time.
“My love for nature and for everything that breathes air has been a great source of inspiration for my own personal artwork and for inspiring my students in their personal art journey.”
Audrey Beaumont, 2019
Jacquie has spent the last 20 years of her career in corporate logistics working for some of the industry leaders. Having always had a passion for art and regularly attending part-time courses she wanted to move out of the corporate environment to allow her creative side to flourish. Born in Scotland and moving to Sheffield for work before moving yet further south eventually settling in Hertfordshire she is thrilled to be doing something she is passionate about. Jacquie loves to read, paint, draw and cook, she restores furniture and lives with her beloved rescue cat Obi.
Lesley is our ColourWheel partner in East Cheshire. She lives in Poynton with her husband and son. Lesley had a successful career in education and training for over 35 years before deciding to make a complete lifestyle change and become a ColourWheel partner in December 2019. Before joining the ColourWheel family, Lesley attended classes as a student and was inspired by what she was able to achieve and the amazing people she met. She believes that art can be a great antidote to the stress of everyday life and is keen to help others find their inner creativity! As well as a love of football, Lesley enjoys walking and travelling, exploring new places both in this country and abroad. She is passionate about helping others to learn new skills – and, most importantly, have fun doing it! You will receive a warm and friendly welcome at ColourWheel East Cheshire!
Shivani is currently undertaking a two-year artist residency at a boarding school in Surrey. She has a Masters in Painting from the Royal College of Art and also spent a year studying drawing and painting at the Cyprus College of Art. She has exhibited widely in the UK, Cyprus and New York, and is excited to help our students on their artistic journey.
Jo initially trained at Dartington College of Arts and she then worked in Community Arts for many years doing street theatre, painting murals and creating public sculptures. She returned to fine art painting, completing a BA Hons in Sheffield and also experimented in dance and performance art (Edinburgh Fringe). After becoming a mother she taught textiles and drawing in schools and colleges. Throughout this time Jo continued to paint large abstract canvases and exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions (RWA & National Open). She has recently enjoyed creating contemporary theatre sets for youth drama, but her passion is in drawing from life and experimental painting. She believes art is a restorative process, individually and socially.
I’m writing this review with heartfelt thanks to Michael, Partner & Jayne, tutor. After a taster session in Dec 2019, I started in Jan 2020 at Usher. This is such a peaceful environment, with laughter, fun and the concentrated silence of effort put in by all trainee artists. It covers all mediums & even though there are some I’ve had difficulty with, Jayne has shown me that I can overcome my fears and produce work I can be proud of!
During covid & my subsequent 12 week isolation, Michael delivered much need supplies to my home on a weekly basis. Not to mention the emailed weekly projects and zoom classes, which I can say in all honesty kept me sane! Jayne has the ability to make each person feel talented making sure there are no negative experiences. If anything, both Michael & Jayne promote the student. If you want a truly enjoyable experience with like minded people, sign up now!
Course September 2020
I signed up right from the start in January 2019 with some trepidation, having never even studied the subject to O Level standard (showing my age) but had always had the desire and that feeling of what if…
Jayne’s fabulous teaching, positivity and encouragement together with Michael’s wonderful support and hard work have fulfilled my hopes and more. As other students have already mentioned the feel good factor derived from producing a pleasing piece of work coupled with the ability to switch off from life’s pressures and troubles has been an absolute bonus, not to mention the wonderful social aspect.
I love it and just keep on signing up to the next course, would thoroughly recommend it.
I have just finished my second term with ColourWheel and have signed up for another.
I look forward to every Tuesday and am never disappointed. I learn something new every week and am constantly surprised at what I can achieve with the right guidance and support.
Joanne and Chloe work incredibly hard to create a perfect environment for relaxed learning. Whatever stress is going on in my work and home life I find it starts to disappear as soon as I start my drive over to Ide. I find the whole experience immersive and restorative.
To anyone who is thinking about doing the course I would say ‘just do it’, you won’t be disappointed. Money very well spent. Lovely, friendly people, everything provided and a beautiful venue.
What more could you ask for?
These courses are so good I am doing it all again. I have loved course one at Topsham and discovered that I can paint, and I can draw, me who thought I could do nothing.
The people I have met have made my Wednesdays. We have had fun and companionship and the guidance of a super teacher in Chloe, who is always encouraging and supportive and never ever critical.
If you think you might enjoy an art class, go for this one. You will not be sorry.
Rebecca has always had a love of art, from drawing colourful characters to ceramics. Because of this, she studied Art and Design before going to the University of Wales, Newport to do a degree in Animation, her favourite part was learning from the teachers of the Disney animators. Rebecca has worked in education for nearly ten years, from teaching art to children and young people that didn’t fit into mainstream education to traditional crafts and archery in an Iron Age village. She currently works in a museum and gallery organising events and hands-on activities for the visitors, alongside finding any excuse to be creative.
Natalija is our teacher in Romiley. She is currently studying for her Masters at the Manchester Metropolitan University where she also gained her BA Hons in Art and Illustration. A freelance illustrator and designer, Natalija has been teaching art for several years. She has a broad knowledge of a variety of art techniques and loves helping people explore art and expand their creativity. She runs a number of workshops and classes and has a love of animation. She is enthusiastic and a wonderful communicator and her enthusiasm in class is infectious.
Clare is our partner in Fleet and she is hosting classes in Hartley Wintney.
Clare’s background is in Finance and she is a qualified accountant. Married with a young son, Clare took time out to raise Joshua. When returning to work Clare realised she wanted a change of direction in her career and that she wanted to work in a creative field which led her to join ColourWheel.
Clare is very creative, she loves all crafts but especially sketching although she feels her painting could be improved. She is enjoying working on art and craft activities with her son. Clare finds art absorbing and relaxing.
When not working or being mum Clare is an experimental and adventurous cook. She loves to walk and travel and photographs her visits and outings, creating her own photo books. She enjoys planning and design in the garden and at home, often sketching out her ideas.
Clare is delighted to be combining her love of art and all things creative with her work and is looking forward to accompanying her students on their own creative journey.
Inge is a professional painter and enthusiastic teacher with 15 years teaching experience, including painting, life drawing, illustration for fashion design as well as art and design history.
She completed her B.A. Hons. Degree in Fine Art and History of Art in Cape Town, after which she changed direction and became a qualified cabinet-maker, eventually starting her own furniture design business.
Painting called her back however, and she has been painting and teaching art full time since 1999 working with people of all ages and abilities.
In 2016 she was chosen to participate in Sky Portrait Artist of the Year, which aired in spring 2017 on Sky Arts.
She entered again in 2019 and made it through to the Finals of Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 on Sky and Channel 4.
Inge continues to exhibit in Open Studio events, as well as group shows. Inge specialises in figurative, narrative oil painting.
Some works play with the characteristics of portraiture – her figures are characters in a suggested narrative – akin to a film still. The paintings invite the viewer to participate, to inquire.
A recurring theme in her work over the last 19 years has been light within darkness. The light is the source that drives her, the faith, even embodied in the work she produces. It is all about the mystery and beauty of the unseen and unknown.
Inge has been teaching our Maidenhead students since 2017. She is an absolute gem, with lots of patience, experience & a heart of absolute gold. www.ingeduplessis.com
Heidi lives with her family in Romsey and her daytime and evening classes will be held locally. Heidi graduated from Portsmouth University with a BA in International Finance and Trade. She since met her husband and now has two children, aged 12 and 8. Prior to joining ColourWheel Heidi has experience of running her own restaurant business and is now very excited to be facing a new challenge. Along with her busy home life with her family Heidi loves to cook and tries to make time for sport. She has a love for art and her dream was to go to art school. Her practical side won the day but her creativity has never left her and she not only enjoys creating art herself but loves watching others grow and develop their skills.
Katie Greenwood is an artist that excels in capturing the life and beauty of nature, particularly that of her home in the Turks and Caicos Islands. She moved to the U.K. in 2010 to complete a BA at Loughborough University for Illustration focusing on acrylic and resin work and continued on as a freelance artist creating for galleries and sharing her knowledge of various mediums through teaching. From there she acquired a job at a ceramic studio and became enthralled with the media that would allow her to combine her illustration with the 3 dimensional form. She went on to complete her MA in Ceramics at the University of the Creative Arts. She has exhibited her artwork at galleries in London and completed pieces for organizations such as the RSBP.
Well, I left class feeling a little sad today… as it was the last of a brilliant course. I just wanted to say thank you to you and Erica again for the most lovely time. I not only learned lots but so enjoyed the camaraderie within such a great like-minded group of people. Credit to you both for your amazing organisation skills, patience, and most of all brilliant sense of humour! All the very best and see you next year.
Course September 2017
Not having touched anything artistic since my early teens, I was very anxious to begin studying art in my retirement! I need not have been concerned. The ColourWheel course has been carefully planned to enable me to gradually build up my knowledge and experience with each week’s activity introducing something new but further developing what we have already learned. The tutor is warm and encouraging, the atmosphere safe and friendly and I have been delighted with how I have progressed. I look forward to it enthusiastically as a highlight of my week. I can’t wait to see where the journey will take me next!
Course May 2018
I used to love art when I was at school, that was some 35 years ago, but I never knew I had any talent. Discovering the Colour Wheel with Chris and Heidi was like a middle age awakening to me. I loved it so much. Great ‘banter’ with the other students as we stepped each week through learning steps towards composing our pieces of art. At the end of the first 14 weeks, I could not wait to come back and redo it. A little hesitant as to whether we would be just repeating the same thing, I have to give credit to Chris and his teaching abilities as he brilliantly approached the building steps from a different angle and each week I definitely learnt something new. I now feel confident in having a go with a variety of mediums knowing some of the things that can be achieved, and I now very rarely throw something out. It’s a brilliant course.
I have absolutely loved my course, it’s my time to do something that I enjoy, just for ME! I’ve learnt so much in such a short time. The course more than exceeded my expectations, it’s a great social occasion as well as being a learning environment in which we thrive at what we do. The venue is excellent with great views, our fantastic teacher and host work so well as a team. Thank you, Erica and Rene. I’ve just loved the whole thing! I have met so many lovely people and loved being somewhere where I can just learn and improve at my own speed. I have recommended ColourWheel classes to many of my friends. I have booked my place on the next course.
Course January 2018
I know that the ColourWheel model clearly works and really facilitates the drawing-out of latent talent & skills abilities in a very creative and satisfying way which is both impressive and highly therapeutic from my own personal experience over two cycles of the ColourWheel courses. I, my family and friends are amazed and delighted by what I have learned to create in a relatively short time across so many mediums thanks to Nina’s guidance & tuition supported by Steve’s organisation of the courses.
Course January 2018
Wendy and I thoroughly enjoyed our art classes with Antoinette and Vivienne effortlessly providing us with all we needed and Antoinette’s skilled gentle guidance in all the beautiful work we created. From being a complete novice I loved using all the varied mediums provided by ColourWheel and I was surprised and delighted with the beautiful pictures I created under the gentle guidance of a superb teacher, Antoinette. Thank you both again. It was a lovely experience.
Course May 2018
I currently attend ColourWheel Art classes on a Wednesday evening at Camberley Cricket Club. I have found the art classes very helpful and enjoyable. The art teacher is a very knowledgable and friendly person. The setting is great and the classroom is perfect! The class is made up of a mixture of men and ladies with varying experience (though mostly beginners, like me!) and all of them are very friendly. The course work is very interesting and we learn (try out as well) a number of different mediums, i.e. drawing with pens, pencils and charcoal, oil and soft pastels, watercolour and acrylic paint. We also get taught colour mixing, composition, colour theory/harmony and light logic. All in all, a wonderful experience.
Course May 2018
Rene has been our ColourWheel Partner in Maidenhead and Windsor since September 2016. She enjoyed a rewarding career as a Food & Nutrition teacher in secondary schools for 24 years. She lives locally with her husband in Windsor, with their children grown, she transitioned into adult education for a change of lifestyle & the ability to travel often. Rene grew up in South Africa, has travelled extensively, living in the US and Australia. She visits South Africa 2/3 times a year to visit with family and dote on her gorgeous grandson Mikey. A very creative person, she enjoys making cakes for special occasions and sewing when she can. Rene is passionate about helping others, with her students help she supports The Princes Trust, Schools in Africa, Making Scrubs for the NHS & Age Concern. Rene enjoys meeting new people, she creates a sense of community within her classes, believing the social aspect of art class compliments the tuition to create the perfect environment for creativity and friendship. She looks forward to welcoming you to class.
Erica is a freelance illustrator, designer, artist and teacher. Erica is passionate about art, jewellery design, and visual communication. She has a PGCE in Art Education from Goldsmiths College and a BA (Hons) Illustration from Southampton Solent University. She has taught art in local schools for many years as well as teaching art to adults in various settings. Erica also facilitates workshops for clients such as The Tate and The Wellcome Trust. She is an author, her book Cutting Edge Fashion Illustration has been published both is the UK and US. Erica lives locally with her husband and pug Pedro. When not teaching in class, she works from her home studio creating illustrations and jewellery designs. Erica has been teaching with ColourWheel since January 2017.
Vivienne is our ColourWheel partner in the Reading area. Vivienne was born in Reading, returning there to study Mechanical Engineering at Reading University. She then spent most of her working life in Africa, most recently in Tanzania, where she was coordinating projects to provide clean water and sanitation to some of the poorest communities. She returned to the UK in 2016 and decided to take some time out to do something for her own personal development – she signed up for ColourWheel classes in Windsor. She was so enthralled with the classes and amazed at what she had gained from the experience, that she signed up for a second term and started to enquire about the franchise opportunity. The rest is history, as they say! Vivienne is a keen environmentalist and loves nature and animals, which are her main inspiration when drawing and painting. She believes that art is one of the best therapies for life and wellbeing.
Kathy is our ColourWheel Partner in Stockport. Kathy lives in Stockport with her partner and son. She has spent 10 years working for local charities involved in health and dementia, supporting and managing volunteers. Kathy is also a trained English teacher, and enjoys working with people to help them achieve their best. She loves being creative, cooking and being outdoors and travels around the country in her campervan whenever she can. She welcomes everyone to her friendly, supportive art classes.
Antoinette is a talented, fun and lively teacher. She is a freelance artist, fine art restorer, and visual arts tutor. She graduated from Wimbledon School of Art with a BA (hons) degree in Technical Arts followed shortly after, by her training as a conservator of easel paintings. She works mainly in the medium of painting both in her art and restoration practice, but has worked on large scale installations and sculptural pieces for commissioned projects as well as film and theatre.
Antoinette enjoys the process of teaching art, sharing her creative knowledge and skills, and seeing her students progress. Over the years she has worked with a wide range of young people and adults through organisations such as South Hill Park, the Tate Galleries and Woking College.
Shelagh is a painter, printmaker and teacher. After years spent working in the world of publishing, she went back to university again, gaining a degree in Fine Art from the University of Reading, followed by a PGCE in Art Education. She has taught in schools and in adult education, and strongly believes that everyone can reap the rewards of exploring their creative potential. Shelagh exhibits regularly in group exhibitions and attends as many workshops as time allows – she loves learning new skills and finding different ways to be creative.
Visit www.shelaghcasebourne.com to see Shelagh’s work.
Steve is our Partner for the Butlers Cross daytime and evening class, he has a wealth of experience managing the teams delivering a first class customer service experience in often difficult situations. The move to ColourWheel is a breath of fresh air for him and allows him to work with his passion for art. As well as art, Steve has many hobbies and interests and he has recently completed an Open University degree in Humanities. He is a father of two and is very involved in the local community, serving on several committees that serve the local youth groups.
Ewa is an enthusiastic, warm and encouraging teacher and is extremely popular with our students. Ewa studied Applied Art at Hertfordshire University. She is a talented artist and sculptress and her work promotes British culture and history. Ewa works with English Heritage designing costume and scenery for events. Her work is exceptionally detailed and is shown around the UK. As well as teaching art Ewa is a talented horsewoman and teaches jousting along with other equine combat techniques.
Michael is our Partner in Durham, he is hosting art classes in the City and surrounding areas. Michael grew up and has lived in the Durham area all his life, he is a husband and a father of two. He has spent a large part of his working life with the Royal Mail and is very much looking forward to a role where he works with people as they learn and grow their artistic skills. He is a natural people person and facilitator who will make sure the students have a wonderful class experience. Michael loves the surrounding area, he likes being outdoors and is a very keen sportsman, he loves running, cycling, fell-walking and is often accompanied by his faithful companion, a black lab named Dodge.
Over the last three years Michael has gained excellent knowledge and hands on experience of running classes. Has grown his business significantly, now running four classes from the same location. In addition, he has demonstrated agility, responding quickly to the changes needed during lockdown and ran two fully subscribed zoom classes. He has maximised earnings by tailoring his classes to suit the climate of uncertainty. Michael has managed and marketed his area with huge success and his classes are always fully booked with a returners rate of over 80%.
Joanne is our ColourWheel Partner in Exeter, Devon. She spent most of her adult life living and working in Madrid, Spain. Whilst bringing up her two sons she continued her career in education as a primary school teacher ending up as a head teacher of a British school in Madrid. She recently returned to the UK with her husband, took some time out and signed up for ColourWheel classes in Windsor. She has recently moved to Exeter and ColourWheel presented an ideal opportunity for her. She enjoys all forms of art with music being one of her main passions. She enjoys living an outdoor lifestyle and is never happier than being at one with nature in Devon’s beautiful countryside.
Chloe was born in Harrow and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She gained a BA (Hons) in Illustration from Brighton University and went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary Art and Design at Roehampton University, Surrey. Chloe has worked in the Education Department at Tate Britain where she supported learning programmes for school students, teachers and adults. She enjoys drawing on location, visiting museums, craft centres and art galleries. Chloe also likes to take inspiration from travelling overseas. These adventures include three days trekking along an ancient oxen trail with women from the red Hmong in Sapa, Vietnam. Chloe left her teaching job at Camden School for Girls, after eleven years to relocate to Exeter. Here, she is combining teaching workshops and continuing with her own art practice.
Sally is our Partner in Cheltenham. Sally’s background, before leaving to look after her growing boys was hospitality, she lived in Bahrain working with the airlines, followed by arranging and wedding planning; she has also spent time as a teaching assistant. Sally now looks after her family, she loves keeping active and spending time with her beloved chihauhuas, Saphire and LouLou. Sally loves design and has a special interest in art therapy, particularly in the area of mental health.
Rania lives in Didsbury since she came to England in 2006 and she is married with three children. Rania trained in design and art direction and studied for her Masters degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. Rania has since worked as graphic designer and also a teaching assistant. Rania loves art in all its forms, she loves to draw and graphic design is her passion. With three children she does not have much time for hobbies but when she does likes to swim, go the gym, read and travelling. Rania is delighted to be working with students to develop their skills and interest in art, it’s a passion she shares.
Coming from a family of actors and singers, Jane originally trained at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London as a scenic artist going on to work in professional theatre for many years. After finding having small children and the theatre didn’t mix, she later studied Figurative Sculpture at Stafford Art College and went on to set up her own professional art studio based in Cheshire where she now creates both commissioned sculptures and paintings. Jane has taught art within schools and community settings for over twenty years and has been “artist in residence” in both the UK and Europe for both charities and corporations. She lives with her husband Steve in Bollington in the beautiful hills of the Peak District and has four grown up children. Her sculpture can be seen at www.janerobbinssculpture.co.uk
Becca has been painting and drawing all her life, starting with primary school art competitions to the formative Art and Design Foundation diploma, then on to gaining a first class BA Honours in Fine Art Painting from Manchester School of Art, a year of post graduate study at the renowned University of Auckland (New Zealand)’s Master of Fine Art and then gaining a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education for Art and Design back in the UK at the University of Bolton’s teaching programme.
She has been teaching for 10 years in the North West and also Singapore, The Netherlands and the Manchester Museum. She has a cult following for her unique Stranger-Than-Life Drawing classes run from her studio in Macclesfield Museum’s Old Sunday School and brings this drawing experience to festivals and historical locations, pushing the traditional life drawing model to create theatrical, playful work.
Becca regularly exhibits with London contemporary artists’ collective The Tunnel, East Cheshire Tech-Art collective IDST! and works with Macclesfield Town Council to bring art to the community and local schools. During 2020 she gained a commission for a public artwork in the form of a large-scale mural in Macclesfield town centre and co-directed the Barnaby Festival’s Homemade Parade. She makes multi-media art works with her robotics-engineer partner Loz and together they have a baby daughter called Luna, who will be painting and drawing soon too!
I am a qualified teacher and have been teaching for 23 years.
I first graduated with a degree in BSc Hons Psychology before entering teaching. Whilst teaching, I returned to education to do a degree in BA Hons Fine Art. Subsequently I decided to do an MA in Fine Art as my passion for the arts just continued to grow.
I have always loved art since I can remember. My passion started as a child but only grows with age. I am also a practicing artist and have had many exhibitions in the UK and abroad.
I enjoy painting in acrylics but also enjoy drawing in all sorts of mediums and recently started as a textiles artist too. I carry out lots of public commissions and exhibitions but very much enjoy teaching art to adults which is why I enjoy teaching at Colour Wheel Art Classes so much.
Sarah lives in Cheshire, she’s originally from Nottingham but has now settled in this lovely county. She has painted and drawn her whole life, her grandad taught her to draw from a very young age. Sarah has been running therapeutic art classes for vulnerable people in Cheshire for the past few years, she loves seeing how happy art can make people. She has a passion for art and is excited to teach art to new people and hopefully help you all find your new passion .
Louise is a dynamic and knowledgeable teacher who always has something positive to say about my artistic attempts. Perfect for some well needed ‘me time’, I was a complete beginner and I’m so much further on than I was when I started.
I have been attending this course for many years, so I can certainly recommend it. Returners are welcome – the media repeat but the exercises change.
Rene does an excellent job of organising the course and along with teacher Inge, makes everyone feel most welcome.
The atmosphere is very friendly and I have made many friends over the years. The venue is super with great parking and access. I use a wheelchair and it is very well set up for wheelchair users.
Each week’s class includes comprehensive notes sent by email beforehand, which one can read or not. It doesn’t matter because Inge talks the class through the exercises and does demonstrations at key points.
It is a relaxed and comfortable learning environment!
I joined Colourwheel in 2017 having decided in my retirement that I wanted to get back to doing art (having given it up at school at the age of 14) and this class sounded just right.
I was proved entirely correct in my assumption. The course, the organisation and the tutors are all excellent.
Many art classes require you to provide your own materials but Colourwheel provides them. Quite a big bonus, I’d say.
I can’t think of a better way of relaxing for 3 hours on a morning or afternoon irrespective of whether you produce a masterpiece at the end of it or not. You may well surprise yourself and discover a hidden talent.
It’s the enjoyment and total absorption I experience when I’m in the class that to me is priceless.
Give it a go. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
I had wanted to learn to draw and paint for years. I had tried other classes but they lacked the planning and clear explanation needed for progress.
I enrolled with ColourWheel classes in September 2017 and am now beginning my 12th term! What began as a “lesson with other people” has developed into an enjoyable art class with an atmosphere that is relaxed, friendly and supportive. We meet in a lovely light venue overlooking the racecourse.
Each term affords us a varied syllabus in a range of media which gives us new skills to develop our own style. I have learned to really look at what I see; to observe carefully – be it skin tones, shadows, highlights, perspective and more.
We are lucky to have a super talented teacher, Erica, who explains and clearly demonstrates the task. She never criticises, only suggests and encourages to build our confidence. Classes are so well organised. Rene has everything set out for our lesson before we arrive. Paper, pencils, paints…nothing is missing and, she is ready with whatever we need before we even ask!
All we have to do… is enjoy our very sociable art class.
In an ever-increasing world of busyness, where there is always something or someone requiring our attention. Our ColourWheel classes for me are like an oasis in the desert and a time where I can enjoy ‘time out’ to be by myself and with others at the same time.
Enjoying three calm and creative hours, uninterrupted by the world outside our room at the Royal Windsor Racecourse is an absolute treat, which I look forward to each week, as soon as I leave that room!
I only remarked a couple of weeks ago how well Rene and Erica work together as both colleagues and friends, which sets the tone for the friendly atmosphere we enjoy every week.
Each week we learn a new painting skill with Erica. She works with us at a pace that works for all. Each week I come away feeling happy, with learning something new, in a pleasant setting and having really enjoyed my ‘time out’.
On a practical note, Rene sets all our necessary ‘tools’ out for us each week, so we don’t have to remember anything other than any tools we are provided with and of course ‘ourselves’! We also have a little refreshment break, where we can catch up with one another.
I can highly recommend these wonderful classes to anyone and at any level.
I’ve just completed my second course with the ColourWheel East Cheshire group online and I can’t wait to start the third course. The group is organised by Lesley who is very welcoming and extremely efficient.
I opt to have all course materials sent to me so I don’t have to spend time sourcing what’s necessary but this is optional.
Our teacher Fionnuala is so talented and patient and I’m amazed at the variety of mediums and subjects we’ve tackled this term. I’m grateful to have the opportunity several times a class for Fionnuala to suggest corrections (and rescue) my art very gently and always with encouragement.
The atmosphere is very relaxed and positive. I also look forward to seeing everyone’s work on our WhatsApp group after the class (with no obligation to share) as I learn so much from my classmates too.
I cannot recommend the class highly enough.
As a busy, working Mum of 3 I have always wanted to get back into Art (it was my favourite subject at school). Over the last few years I have tried a few times to pick up a pencil/brush but just lacked the motivation, time and confidence. I am now 8 weeks into my first Colourwheel course and I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Both Inge and Rene are friendly, inspiring, encouraging, welcoming and great teachers. They make suggestions, but always allow you to have freedom over your Artwork which is great. I have learnt so much already and re-found my passion. It’s an amazing feeling, to turn off your mobile, forget your worries and paint/draw for 3 hours. I’m completely hooked!
I would absolutely recommend this course for anyone looking to begin in Art, or someone like me who has a little experience but wants to improve. Thank you Colourwheel!
I’ve attended this wonderful class for several years and missed it so much during lock down. It’s attended by friendly like minded people, at various skill levels. I always learn something new from the talented tutor and the time flies by. It’s extremely well organised by the fabulous Rene who thinks of everything so that the class runs smoothly. I can highly recommend the class.
I have learnt so much in a friendly environment and it’s given me the confidence to enjoy my art at home. Keep going – you have a fantastic teacher in Louise! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to enjoy my new hobby.
Great teaching in a great setting. I love the warm friendly atmosphere, Sarah and Louise are so welcoming and everyone is so nice. I like the fact that it’s carefully structured and very clear what we are learning each week – it is much more teacherly than other art courses I have attended, and it gives me the chance to practice techniques I’ve come across before with excellent demonstrations.
Really good lessons in a friendly informal atmosphere. Fun informative and lots of variety in the teaching. Thank you to Sarah and Louise for delivering a brilliant course – and so patient!.
Friendly, fun and very inspiring! I have produced artwork I never thought I could do. Thank you for the warm welcome and encouragement.
Matt has been teaching art for over ten years to a range of different age groups. He has a degree in Illustration, a PGCE in Secondary Art and an MA in Fine Art Drawing. He has consistently maintained his art practice and also curated, exhibited and sold work.
When not creating, teaching, looking at or thinking about art he likes to walk in the country, relax with some literature, listen to music, make music and enjoys good ale. Although he admits much of this lends itself to thinking about art.
Very friendly with good clear instructions at a good pace, and with good feedback and helpful suggestions. A lot of the techniques are new to me, but I’ve learnt a lot. I’m really enjoying this course – thank you!.
Friendly classes with an excellent teacher. The Salutation Inn is great! I also like the follow-up paperwork vie email.
I’m learning new techniques. It’s fun and enjoyable with excellent teaching. Thank you so much to Sarah and Louise.
It’s fantastic. I love the demo’s and learn most by watching the expert (Louise)! Thank you for giving me the confidence to try.
Fun, with companionship and an excellent teacher. I’m learning everything I want to and have returned several times.
Swati is a professional artist, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Mumbai, India. She lives in Solihull and works from a studio at home creating art on Canvas & paper for various art fairs & commissions. She has sold several pieces of art in the UK, USA, Dubai, Singapore & India, over the last two decades.
She loves using mixed media for her work and often combines acrylics with soft pastels, foil, inks and pens. She specialises in textured artwork!
Teaching art is something she is passionate about, as she loves to support other people on their art journey. Currently she teaches children & adults.
Maria graduated with a BA(HONS) on graphic design from Lancaster university in 2011, she also gained an ND in photography in 2012, a PGCE in 2018, Art & Design in 2019 and finally gained her Master’s in Art in 2021.
She works in all mediums but specializes in mixed media. Being an intrusive artist, she likes to experiment with art materials by testing what art any materials, techniques and processes can do and what the outcomes are.
She has explored making her own paint pigments and ink from all-natural nontoxic earthy materials. Her paints pigment is made from grounding down breakable stone and rocks, things such as sandstone and ochre. Her inks are made from fruit, vegetables, flowers, and shrubs she collects from the great outdoors where she lives which is a stone throw away form the countryside.
Marias perception on art is that anyone can create it and have fun at the same time, she is an abstract artist who feels that art is a vehicle for means of expression, relaxation, mindfulness, and fun, she loves mixing hand lettering and calligraphy with paint and mixed media.
Maria has run eco-friendly in person and online workshops with a community creative arts centre in her hometown, she uses this opportunity by making people aware of environmental issues in landfill, she shows what household waste can be turned into art & crafts while implementing the effects of landfill waste in our environment. Also, runs art and crafts sessions.
You can see some of her artwork on her social media pages. https://www.facebook.com/MariaAbbottMAart https://www.instagram.com/mafineart20/
Heidi is an Artist and Designer with over 30 years experience. After completing her B.A. Hons. in Printed Textiles at Middlesex University she initially worked as a freelance Textile and Graphic designer. Other roles in the Fashion Industry included Design Manager and Product Development Manager, designing and developing clothing ranges for many high street retailers. She has also painted and taught throughout her career, exhibiting work in London and locally.
She has diverse creative skills in Art & Design and gets great satisfaction from sharing her skills to help inspire students to explore and develop their own creativity and potential. Painting is her passion and an essential part of her life, she is constantly drawn to water and the river as themes in her work.
Heidi is keen to promote the positive effect that Art & Creativity has on our emotional, physical and mental well-being. She believes it’s important and enjoyable to learn new skills that sometimes take you out of your comfort zone to learn something new and have fun!
She is super talented in a variety of mediums as can be seen from her artworks. www.heidiramsay.com
A local girl for most of her life, Elaine left her corporate job in IT to raise her 3 children. During that time she joined our Maidenhead class and after nearly 4 years as a student, loved it so much she decided to become a partner.
“Art is something I’ve always loved however, since studying at A level have never really tapped into it– then I found ColourWheel!”
She now paints regularly, doing commissions in her spare time and enjoys drawing with her youngest daughter. As well as her love of art, Elaine is an active member of her community, working as a volunteer providing help and support for the elderly. Along with her children she is also an animal lover and has two sausage dogs, Olive and Busby as well as a horse, so never a dull moment in her household! She is also a keen golfer, albeit seasonal as well as squad manager for her local hockey club at junior level.
Elaine is passionate about providing amazing art classes for all abilities and hopes to inspire everyone to ignite their inner “artist”.
She looks forward to meeting you all & welcoming you to class.
Holly lives in Cheshire with her two young children. She has always had a passion for art and studied it for A Level. This has always been a love throughout her life but she focused on developing a number of businesses in different industries. The last 4 years have been spent living in America owning a small company and raising her children.
Now Holly is excited to have returned back to England to her family and friends and created a perfect opportunity to focus on her passions and a new career all combined! .
She looks forward to meeting you all & welcoming you to class.
I am so pleased that I found the ColourWheel class in September. I cannot believe the progress I have made since them. You have pushed me in a nice way to tackle things I would never have attempted on my own and I can’t wait for Thursday afternoons to come round.
A superb course covering a range of media and projects. I have been attending since January 2018 and always learn something new every week. In my view this is one of the best classes in the area, enjoyable, inspiring and a brilliant way to spend a morning.
When a pretty colourful A5 card landed on the mat in Spring ’19 saying “be AMAZED at what YOU CAN ACHIEVE … I was intrigued. So I called, I booked, and I was quite amazed at what I did achieve, not having picked up a paintbrush for years.
The organiser was efficient, our tutor talented, clear and attentive and I enjoyed myself hugely. So thank you ColourWheel for the ever-efficient Rav, the lovely Libby, Linzi and other tutors who’ve stepped in as need be, for all the fun and new friends.
I’m coming back for more, and can’t wait to see what’s in store this autumn! .
I joined Colour Wheel art class in January and have progressed with my skills and confidence in my work.
The organisation of the sessions and the teaching were first class.
Since lockdown the classes moved effortlessly to teaching us at home with videos and excellent instructions and images. I’ve really enjoyed the camaraderie of group members and exploring new techniques and images.
Special thanks to Audrey and Rania.
Jo has worked as an illustrator for over 30 years. Jo has a Bachelor Of Arts, Art and Design gained at Middlesex University, London. She loves to paint and draw and is never without a sketch pad and pencil. She has taught art but not for a few years and is very much looking forward to spending time back in a class setting.
Her favourite place is the National Portrait Gallery and she loves avant-garde contemporary art.
When not working on her art she loves to run and regularly competes in marathons and the more extreme ultra runs. She is also a passionate reader but has not yet relinquished the book for an e-reader.
Jo has two girls, dogs, cats and is engaged to her fiancé Alistair.
I’m just coming to the end of my third online art course with ColourWheel and I’m loving my lessons!
I was slightly apprehensive about doing an art class online – but it works amazingly well. Becca, the tutor, and Lesley make sure everyone is able to access, and get the maximum from our online time, and my group are a delight!
It’s my Tuesday evening treat and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone considering it.
I joined the online ColourWheel classes because I wanted to learn new techniques. So far, I’ve loved every lesson, there’s something different to learn every week, the lessons are easy to follow and everyone is so encouraging.
At first, I was a little reluctant about doing an online course but you can work at your own pace and Becca (tutor) makes sure she gives each student individual feedback several times throughout the session. The best bit is at the end you don’t have to pack up and leave, you can just carry on with the artwork.
ColourWheel classes have inspired me to take up art again, the classes are my time when I can switch off from work and home life and do something I really enjoy.
A graduate in Fine Art from the University of Hertfordshire, Susan is an artist and teacher who is passionate about the enjoyment and meaning gained through the practice of making art.
She says, “As an art teacher, I value the development of creative skills to explore feelings, describe experiences and generate ideas. The expressive nature of colour and the communicative power of drawing are fundamental aspects of visual expression that can be explored through a variety of techniques, media and materials.”
A practising and exhibiting artist, Susan works in both representational and abstract fields across a variety of subject areas, including the figure, landscape and natural form. She continues to develop and explore her own love of drawing and colour through her art practice.
As well as a tutor for the ColourWheel Art Classes in Welwyn Garden City, Susan is also the Artist-in-residence at an independent secondary school in St Albans.
Lesley and Becca have opened up a mass of creative opportunity for me, just as they do for all students. Classes are really well structured, simple to follow and professionally presented at a pace that is manageable for all. I cannot believe how quickly they get students to the point of producing quality work to be proud of. Thank you, Lesley and Becca, keep up the good work.
Michelle graduated with a BA(Hons) in Illustration from Manchester School of Art in 2019. She works in all mediums but specialises in fine line ink drawings inspired by animals, myth and the beauty of the inner magic of the natural world. She is lucky enough to live near the Peak District and takes a lot her inspiration from the landscape whilst out hillwalking.
Michelle feels that although drawing is essentially looking and putting down what we see, we all see things differently as our imaginations come into play. This is what makes every work of art unique. She believes that everyone has the power to create and making art is a means of tapping into our creative selves. She is passionate about teaching and helping people to discover their inner artist.
Michelle runs workshops and also teaches online classes for both adults and children in drawing and painting. You can see some of her artwork on her website at https://michelleshoreillustration.co.uk/.
Katie Tomlinson graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2018 and has since taught on the undergraduate Fine Art programme. Alongside teaching at ColourWheel and Manchester School of Art, Katie works as a freelance artist.
Predominantly Katie creates large figurative paintings, but her wider practice incorporates collage, drawing and sculpture. She has exhibited widely and most recently exhibited at Castlefield Gallery (Manchester) and has work for sale through Manchester Art Gallery. Katie is also the co-founder of collaborative project ‘Catflap Collective,’ a painting and curatorial collective based in Manchester.
These experiences have led Katie to have an in-depth knowledge of a variety of art materials, techniques and concepts. She is passionate, enthusiastic and strives to make every lesson fun, informative and unique.
Sarah is a supportive, nurturing and encouraging teacher who specialises in teaching adults in a wide variety of settings, both online and in person. Sarah studied art with the Open College of the Arts, (allied to the University of The Creative Arts) and holds certificates in tutoring and training adult learners. She is also a qualified Life Coach and teaches psychological and self-development subjects alongside art.
A mixed Media artist, her work embraces both representational and abstract styles exploring vibrant colour, nature, land and seascape. Sarah has exhibited her work in London and the home counties.
Sarah lives locally and when not creating new artwork, she loves to spend time at home with her partner, cuddle up with her cat or take a walk in nature to gather fresh inspiration.
@createandcalm Facebook and Instagram www.createandcalm.co.uk
Carly has worked with ColourWheel since its inception. Carly ran her own business successfully for many years before being instrumental in setting up the original ColourWheel classes from scratch.
She has identified and overcome the challenges and her job is to help and support you every step of the way making sure it is a satisfying and successful experience.
After recently relocating to the area Sue has taken over the Cheltenham classes.
Sue is married with two grown up children.
Following a career in administration and banking she wants to work in an area that is inspiring and creative.
Sue loves art and drawing and also enjoys making a variety of different types of jewellery, including silversmithing. In her spare time her other hobbies are walking, keeping fit and swimming. Sue and her husband love to travel and explore new places.
Sue and her teacher Joanne are very much looking forward to hosting you at class, making sure that you have a wonderful experience in a relaxing and inspiring environment, learning new skills creating beautiful art.
Sarah is our partner in Exeter and runs classes in Ide and Topsham.
Sarah comes from a theatre background where she worked as a production manager and producer. Sarah has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the Open University.
Sarah has recently moved to Devon and is enjoying the outdoors lifestyle. Loves swimming in the sea (even in winter), camping, hiking, scuba diving and volunteers for the charity Re: Act Disaster Response. Sarah also loves music, reading, fun facts and keeping the wood-burning stove alight at our West Town Farm venue during the winter!
Sarah is friendly, sociable and loves meeting new people and making friends.
Sarah’s background is in training and personal growth development in a corporate environment. Her professional experience is as an HR Partner working as part of the senior management team in various SME’s over the last 20 years. Sarah’s role is to develop the ColourWheel brand and grow the network. She manages the team and provides collaborative leadership to head office staff and franchisees alike, working as a single unit with a goal to achieve a wonderful work/lifestyle balance for everyone.
You won’t regret it. The teaching is sensitive, very sound and very encouraging. No time is wasted, the subjects covered are extremely wide ranging and every opportunity is given to explore all media. I have thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the course… Everyone is very welcoming and friendly and we learn from each other.
Claire Watson graduated from The University of Worcester in 2010. It was during her time here that she discovered a passion for clay and printmaking. Claire chooses to explore varied mediums believing each project or brief dictates its own unique process, materials and approach.
“A sense of self discovery blooms in the learning of a new process and total immersion of self into the space, the character, the history and the research process”. Claire believes the work engages in a narrative and so its own unique journey.
Claire resides in the village of Bretforton at the base of the Cotswolds; working from a studio at home she creates work for exhibitions and commissions. Claire runs a weekly adult Art group and also teaches at a school, while also providing bespoke Art workshops for schools and organisations.
Artist, woodland wanderer, local environmentalist, and Raleigh Chopper bike rider! Inspired by nature, architecture, music, comics, fairy tales, dreams and magic.
If Jayne can spend her morning sketching, riding her bike or going for a walk and end up back in her studio in time for elevenses then its pretty much a perfect day!
On the odd occasion she isn’t painting in her studio or out and about with a sketch pad, then she will be working as a paper engineer designing and making children’s pop-up books or teaching art.
Jayne has won Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the year not once but THREE times. We are very lucky to have her.
Louise is a professional illustrator and painter as well as having extensive experience teaching art up to degree level.
Until her recent move to Devon Louise was the Course Leader at Barnett and Southgate College and before that she was a Lecturer at Westminster University and Norwich School of Art for over ten years.
Before and whilst teaching she was an illustrator and her work covered both advertising and editorial illustration and Louise’s work has been published nationally and internationally.
With an MA from the Royal College of Art Louise has a beautiful style and she is currently exhibiting at a number of galleries including Artenax in Topsham. You can check out Louise’s work here www.louisekellyartcom. We particularly love her potatoes!
Louise now works from her studio in Devon, drawing inspiration from the surrounding countryside and nearby Jurassic coast. When she is not working on her art she has a passion for outdoor swimming and enjoys listening to music, cooking, gardening, film and theatre.
Vanessa first trained as a fine artist, and fine art lecturer in the North of England. With a specialism in drawing and painting, she began teaching, and developed her own practice from a studio at the Haworth Art Gallery.
Vanessa became increasingly interested in the social and personal change art can enact. She went on to complete a masters in Art psychotherapy and now divides her time between teaching and carrying out art therapy sessions. She has most recently helped to facilitate a group with Manchester Art Gallery, and enjoys the diversity of people she works with.
Nikki has lived locally all her life and always had a passion for all forms of art. Having taken the subject at Sixth Form college but not any further, there’s a large part of her that wishes she had ever since. After being taught some simple techniques and skills from an art teacher friend, she gained more confidence in painting as a hobby and would now like to see others achieve the same pleasure, sense of achievement and escapism that comes from art and painting.
Until recently Nikki has worked from home making interior soft furnishings for which she has a huge passion but now feels the need to do something with more human interaction. She believes art is a great way to unwind and remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of everyday life that is sometimes all consuming for many of us.
Nikki has two daughters in their late teens and a very characterful and cheeky border terrier called George, who is well known for disappearing any time he is let off the lead! Nikki and her husband Simon enjoy getting out and about, exploring the countryside with George, both locally and further afield, good food and of course, the occasional glass of wine!
Fionnuala is a talented artist and printmaker, graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2014 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking (First Class). She currently divides her time between running a successful printmaking business and carrying out a number of part-time teaching roles, satisfying a lifelong passion for sharing her creative skills with others. She regularly exhibits her work in galleries and exhibitions across the UK and Ireland, including The Royal Scottish Academy and The Glasgow Print Studio.
Since 2015 she has regularly run classes for both adults and children across a range of mediums and various skills levels. She prides herself on creating a strong rapport with her students and promoting a fun, relaxed environment for learning. Her aim is to inspire confidence and belief in her students, to make sure they know there is not just one right way to draw, paint or make, and to help them find their niche in the creative area they are most drawn to.
As a student of your classes I found them to be very well prepared, I felt that all my needs were well catered for, and very well thought through, everything that I or anybody else needed was provided. The venue is an excellent facility great light, well ventilated with good work areas (during the restrictions all regulations were met). Leaving students feeling safe and appropriately segregated from each other. I also found Sarah, our tutor was able to relax the atmosphere for new students either starting out or for those of us coming back into art classes , she also was able to support all the students throughout the course. Everybody was given the opportunity to try different art medium whilst on the course, trying different projects each week. I would like to say that I thought the course was extremely enjoyable, good value for money, supported by having a very good tutor. My final thanks goes out again to Clare for managing to produce a very well organised, relaxed and enjoyable course, l am very much looking forward to joining you again. .
After not having done any art for many years, this class was the perfect way for a beginner to try different media, discover what I enjoyed most, and gain the confidence to continue on my own. I also enjoyed the really nice environment in the class, with everyone encouraging one another .
I have really enjoyed the past course, but can see I have much more to learn so will be back when the new course starts! I have enjoyed having 3 hours to sit and concentrate on the art each week – a real break from all the usual rushing around in daily life, nothing just for me. As well as the actual art class itself, I have enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and gentle humour of our teacher. The system is place is really efficient with everything I need for the lesson being brought to my table and I have not needed to bring anything extra to the lessons. I was surprised how engrossed I had become in the final project over the last 2 weeks – I have never spent 6 hours working on just one piece of art before. I am looking forward to returning in September to learn more in the well-structured course taking me though from basics to more complex ideas. In the current difficult times with Covid, I felt secure in a well-managed situation in a spacious and well ventilated hall. .
I’ve loved the course , learned so much and met some lovely people , thanks so much Sarah and Clare . .
Have enjoyed and learnt new things at every session. Excellent teaching and structure to the course. .
I’ve been doing these these sessions for 2 years, and I can’t praise them enough. I hadn’t done any art since school (more years ago than I care to admit!) but I have learnt so much, and have produced work I would never have believed possible.
Yes, the classes do contain a mix of people, from novices to those with more experience, but that really doesn’t matter. Atmosphere is very relaxed, and you learn from each other. Teaching is fantastic…if you are happy to go ahead on your own after the initial guidance, that’s great. If you need more support, then you get it. An incredibly supportive environment.
No, I’m not paid to say this, but I’m just one very happy customer 😁 .
I have been sketching and painting on an irregular basis for about five years but had failed to progress from a basic level & was about to give up. A flyer came through the door and I noticed that the course provided all the materials & would teach many different mediums. I decided to give it a try and glad I did, the lessons are informative, we use different mediums & learn different techniques (Acrylic to Watercolour Paints, charcoal, inks, pastels to name just a few). Most of all it’s fun being with a group of likeminded people who help each other. There is a chance to socialise during coffee breaks, last year there was a private exhibition of our work held at Braywick Nature Centre in the evening. We also enjoyed a lovely a Christmas lunch as a group at Gogos at Windsor Marina. In fact, the only thing wrong with the course is that the 3 hours seem to pass too quickly! I regained my enthusiasm for art, and enjoyed it so much that I have now enrolled for my 5th term.
Course January 2018