CLASSES and WORKSHOPS
My classes are in small. relaxed and friendly groups and the lessons are mainly on drawing skills and watercolour techniques, although other media are often used along with the watercolour. I don't do any teaching in oils as the long drying time and clearing up problems make it impractical for a two hour lesson.
As a trained art teacher I know the value of thorough planning, preparation and organisation in teaching.
I arrange my classes in 10 lesson courses. Each course has a theme. The theme may be subject matter, media used, inspiration from a famous painter, techniques or a particular location. (Themes have included, "People and Portraits", "Interiors and Light", "Line and Wash", "John Yardley", "The Yorkshire Coast", "Mixing Media with Watercolour", "Edward Seago". "Perspective", "Atmosphere and Mood, "Buildings and Street Scenes").
Seven lessons of the 10 lesson course are directed by me with demonstrations, examples, worksheets and written information as required. In the last 3 lessons the "students" put into practice what they have learned by doing their own original work based on, or inspired by, the current theme and I give individual help and advice. For this reason I only have about half a dozen people in a class, so that I can give everyone plenty of individual attention. I have beginners, improvers and proficient artists in my groups and I aim to help each person to work at their own pace to improve their skills, become more confident and really enjoy their painting.
The lessons are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from January to March.
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ARTIST and ILLUSTRATOR
SAA PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATE, DEMONSTRATOR and PROMOTER
Qualified art teacher and tutor.
Children's book illustrator.
Margaret was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, and now lives in the Ecclesall area on the edge of the Peak District National Park. She has drawn and painted all her life, since being about four years old.
Margaret studied art at grammar school and went on to train at Sheffield College of Art and Sheffield College of Education (now Hallam University) obtaining the Art Teacher's Diploma with distinction. She taught art in state primary and comprehensive schools and later became an Advisory Teacher.
Margaret left teaching to become a professional artist and began to have success with exhibitions, sales and commissions.
Now she has had a studio built adjoining her house to be a permanent gallery for her work and to use for teaching adults in small art classes.
In addition to being a Professional Associate of the S.A.A., Margaret is an official demonstrator and promoter for the Society and does day workshops and demonstrations for art groups and clubs. She also runs painting holidays in Britain and abroad. Recent venues have been Robin Hood's Bay, the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District National Park and the Dubrovnik area of Croatia.
She still finds time to paint for herself, of course, and takes commissions.
Her paintings often have an illustrative theme. She illustrates poems, legends and stories in oil and watercolour and has recently been commissioned to illustrate a series of five children's books.
2002 & 2003
The Great Sheffield Art Show
Wild About Art (Wildlife Art Show). Sheffield.
Annual Exhibitions of the Society of Feline Artists at the Llewllyn Alexander Gallery, London.
The Clock Tower Gallery, Sheffield.
Various local exhibitions.
"Wild About Art" 6th exhibition.March 2004
OPEN UP SHEFFIELD 2004 -
Open studio and one-woman exhibition of over 40 pictures. May 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 8th, 9th. 2004. Weetwood studio/Gallery (0114) 2367380
Great Sheffield Art Show - own stand and demonstrations - July 2004
Society of Feline Artists Annual Exhibition - Alexander Llewellyn Galleries, Waterloo, London - September 2004
"Wild About Art" exhibition 2005
"Open Up Sheffield" 2005
"Great Sheffield Art Show" 2005
Society of Feline Artists Exhibition 2005
"Art in the Gardens" exhibition 2005
"A Brush with Fame", ITV1, July 2005 - October 2005
Appeared on the ITV programme "A Brush with Fame" which was shown Autumn 2005.
Winner of the St. Cuthbert's Mill Award and Derwent cup in the FSA annual art exhibition, Castleton, August 2009 and 2012.
Acrylic Inks, Acrylics, Canvas, Collage, Coloured Pencil, Drawing, Glass, Gouache, Mixed Media, Oils, Pastels, Pen And Wash, Pencil/Charcoal, Varnishing, Watercolour, Watercolour Pencil
Abstract, Animals, Buildings, Colour Mixing, Decorative Art, Expressionism, Fantasy, Figure, Flowers And Gardens, Illustration, Landscape, Portrait, Seascapes and Water, Skies, Still Life, Townscapes, Wildlife