I believe that misunderstanding a key concept frequently prevents an aspiring artist from developing their skills beyond a certain level or may indeed cause them to abandon their creative hopes in frustration. I am known for my clear,jargon-free presentation style and for getting comprehension and technique across in a friendly, supportive, non-patronising & lively manner. As for my qualifications, I hold a First-class Honours BA & a Masters degree, both in Fine Art painting, plus a Post- Graduate Certificate in Education (for Post-compulsory Education & Training).
I conduct workshops, courses, demonstrations and presentations in various mediums (such as watercolour, watersoluble pencil & mixed media) and on a wide range of subjects including Colour Mixing, Perspective, Tone, Sketching, Drawing skills and such like. All are designed to help students gain a grounding of the principles and skills ?underlying the techniques used, understanding not just the 'how' but also the 'why' of a technique. Sessions can be tailored and run at your location (one-on-one private tuition sessions are also available) so please contact me to discuss your requirements. I travel up to 50 miles around York.
I thoroughly enjoy encouraging others to create and I tutor various art workshops and courses for beginner to experienced as well as private tuition sessions for individuals. Although having retired at Easter 2013 from teaching several regular weekly adult classes around the York area after a good number of years, I still give illustrated talks to art (& non-art) groups on various topics around creativity and innovation, art appreciation and different art techniques. (Contact me for availability and rates.)
I have sketched, drawn and painted throughout my life and since the age of 40 have undertaken numerous art courses, achieving a Distinction on the Foundation Course in Art & Design followed by both a First Class Honours BA and an MA, - each in Fine Art(Painting). I also hold a PGCE for Post-Compulsory Education & Training (PCET) and am a member of the Institute for Learning. I havee undertaken commissions and exhibited widely and my work is held in private collections from Philadelphia to New Zealand.
Although versed in most mediums I am usually found teaching watercolour and drawing techniques. However, after seeing the David Hockney exhibition in 2012 I bought an iPad two days later and have been totally bowled over by its possibilities. Indeed, on a five day Impressionist tour in France that same autumn I used the iPad as my principle sketch book as it works great in galleries without any 'mess'. I have now started teaching sketching with the iPad (primarily on a one-to-one basis) utilising the fabulous ProCreate app. See examples on my new gallery page.
Distinction on Art Foundation Course.
First-class BA (Hons)Fine Art (Painting)
MA Fine Art (Painting)
Acrylics, Coloured Pencil, Drawing, Gouache, Mixed Media, Oils, Pen & Ink, Pen And Wash, Pencil/Charcoal, Watercolour, Watercolour Pencil
Abstract, Animals, Buildings, Colour Mixing, Decorative Art, Figure, Flowers And Gardens, Illustration, Landscape, Old Masters, Portrait, Seascapes and Water, Skies, Still Life, Townscapes