Tutors

 
 
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Rosemary Harper

I am a graphic designer and jewellery maker working from Micklems Farm. I studied at the Central School of Art and Birmingham School of Art where I gained an MA in design. I paint in a variety of media including water colours, acrylic and gouache. I am also a print maker, enjoying lino, drypoint, collagraph and gelli plate printing techniques. I have exhibited at Real Local, Creative Duck, Bucks Open Studios, Norden Farm, Henley Arts Trail and for The Reading Guild of Artists. I have been hosting creative workshops and events for over 10 years. My jewellery designs can be seen on my website www.rosemaryharper.co.uk

 
 
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Carolyn Beale

I paint in a variety of styles and media, though watercolour is my first love. For the last few years I have been experimenting with printmaking. I enjoy the techniques of linocut, woodcut and collagraphs and love the excitement of the uncertainty of outcome. Every print is unique, as is every painting. I paint in watercolour, acrylics and mixed media, inspired by nature. I obtained a BSc in Geography from Exeter University and a PGCE from the Institute of Education, University of London. I have taught at primary and secondary levels and also at painting and printmaking workshops for adults.

 
 
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Shelagh Casebourne

I am a painter, print maker and teacher based in Wargrave, Berkshire. I have a PGCE in Art Education and a BA (Hons) Fine Art from The University of Reading. I have taught art in local schools as well as teaching art to adults in different settings. I enjoy painting en plein air in oils, but in the winter months focus more on interiors and printing. My work can be seen on my website www.shelaghcasebourne.com

 
 
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KAren Carter

I am an experienced artist and tutor specialising in printmaking, acrylics & mixed media. Having studied design and illustration at art college I worked for many years as a commercial artist… I still do freelance illustration when time allows. I love the social aspect of teaching – sharing my enthusiasm for a subject and enabling people to learn new skills and achieve great results. My workshops are quite informal, usually consisting of a number of demos throughout the day, a structured project or series of exercises and time to work individually with everyone.  I generally provide starting points and photos but encourage students to work with their own images and go ‘off piste’ if their work develops in a different direction… it’s all about having fun and seeing what happens!

 
 
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Liz Chaderton

I am a watercolourist and inspiration comes from the animals and plants I encounter in fields and hedgerows. I want to make the common place, beautiful. By doing so I hope to nurture a more caring attitude to the wider environment. I exhibit my work through exhibitions, art trails and galleries and work with art publishers in the UK and USA. I lead monthly workshops and write for The Leisure Painter magazine. My first book (Painting watercolours on canvas) is published by Crowood Press in May 2019. Please take a look at my website www.lizchaderton.co.uk

 
 
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Janina Maher

I am a bookbinder and mixed media artist working from my garden based studio in Reading. My ideas for handmade books are drawn from traditional techniques and modern interpretations, and I like to experiment with different materials. I also enjoy printmaking and have developed a range of workshops using the Gelli plate. I have been teaching creative bookbinding, painting and mixed media techniques for several years in Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

 
 
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CAROLINE CRAWFORD

I was awarded a Distinction at Master’s Degree level in Fine Art and Design. I am a practising artist with many years teaching experience including teaching in one of the highest achieving schools in the UK. I have a wide range of creative skills that include working in schools as artist in residence, delivering and compiling schemes of work, working with all age groups and abilities. I pride myself in teaching/leading classes in a warm and friendly atmosphere where students can learn about new creative skills with lots of interaction and positive enthusiasm. I can teach to any level - if you have not picked up a paint brush since school, or would like to improve and learn new techniques - I would love to work with you.

 
 
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Diana Seidl

Awarded a Fine Art degree from Manchester and then a British Council scholarship to study painting in Vienna, I had a rich and varied training. Subsequently I have done a wide variety of teaching while continuing to do my own work. I like to think I’m a creative and enthusiastic teacher and get a real buzz from sharing my knowledge with others. The natural landscape inspires me and I also have a foot in the abstract art movement and love working creatively with shapes and forms. Inspired by visiting the David Hockney exhibition in 2012 I started drawing and painting on the iPad and was subsequently commissioned by Crowood Press to write a book on the subject. To find out more about me and see more examples of my work visit my website www.dianaseidl.co.uk

 
 
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Caroline Marriott

I started my textile career crocheting little stripey jumpers for my fellow students at university. I went on to do a teacher training course and for many years combined working in school with developing my own work. One of the aspects of Textile Art I enjoy the most is being able to play with all the different techniques. I love colour and texture and discovering ways to manipulate fabrics and fibres to produce a beautiful surface. I stitch and weave and rag rug to make a fabric which I then turn into cushions, bags, hats and jewellery. www.carolinemarriott.com

 
 
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Kate Findlay

I am a teacher and textile artist living in Shinfield, near Reading, Berkshire. I am a professional artist, working on textile pieces as well as giving talks and workshops. I did an art (Textiles) degree at Kidderminster College after a Foundation year at Winchester School of Art. I worked in industry as a surface pattern designer for four years and then retrained as a teacher. I have taught art, and design technology for 25 years in Secondary and Primary schools, and also taught adult classes. I currently use textiles as my main media, producing framed hand dyed appliqué pieces, large art quilts and mixed media pieces which although rooted in the quilt process, push the boundaries of art quilting. Currently I have been working on a series of framed pieces inspired by animals and birds of the British countryside. www.artsfindlay.co.uk

 
 
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Nicola Kantorowicz

With over twenty five years’ experience designing and making stained glass, I have developed a distinctive style, blending traditional techniques with contemporary design. My original training in textile design at Winchester School of Art is evident in my love of colour, pattern and texture. Much of my work is inspired by pattern in the natural landscape. I combine traditional glass painting with acid etching and sandblasting to create richly decorative pieces. After some time in industry and then studying stained glass at the Central School London I established my own studio in Oxfordshire from where I continue to combine working on commissioned projects with producing pieces for exhibitions and teaching. I am an elected Fellow of the British Society of Master Glass Painters. www.nicolakantorowicz.com

 
 
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Jenny Halstead

I studied Art & Design at Sutton and Cheam School of Art and won a Guest Scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools, London. I then trained in medical art in London. Working in teaching hospitals illustrating Medicine, Surgery and Anatomy and numerous scientific books including Natural History. Ten years ago I returned to the freedom of fine art and have subsequently worked in oil, pastel and watercolour. Fascinated by form and colour and their interaction with light on both landscape and figure. I exhibit nationally and teach in the UK and abroad. I am a Member of the Pastel Society UK, Member of the Federation of British Artists, Member of the Chelsea Art Society, Member of the Reading Guild of Artists and Fellow of the Medical Artists’ Association. I wrote and illustrated An Artist’s Year in the Harris Garden (Two Rivers Press, 2013) and collaborated with Professor Michael Fulford on Silchester - Life on the Dig (Two Rivers Press, 2015).