All of our art tutors are highly respected in their field and have many years of teaching and art practice experience.  All tutors are there to support, encourage and inspire you, allowing you to grow and develop your skills and make your time at the studio an enjoyable one. Click below to find out more about our tutors and the courses they will be leading.


Peter Keegan

Medium: Oils, Acrylics and Charcoal. 

Peter is an award-winning artist specialising in representational painting.  He graduated from Cardiff School of Art with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting and is particularity known for his portraiture work and garden scenes inspired by the grounds of Claydon Estate.

Brenda Hurley

Medium:  Acrylics and Mixed-Media. 

High key colour and elements of design and texture feature heavily in all Brenda’s work. There is strength and a sense of drama through the use of colour; the work goes beyond the representative and towards the abstract. Shape, pattern, lost edges and hard edges are tools used throughout her work.

Penny German

Medium: Oil

Penny German is a professional artist and tutor from Northamptonshire. Having studied at North Oxfordshire School of Art, she specialized in botanical illustration in watercolour, working on projects for the RHS and Oxford University Press.  For the last ten years, she discovered a love of oil painting and has since been working on capturing the effects of light in still lifes.

Tom Shepherd

Medium: Acrylic

Tom is a professional artist and tutor who leads many courses and workshops on painting in the UK and abroad. Known for his colourful depictions of wildlife, Tom's work has been exhibited at the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibitions in London.

Laura Boswell

Medium: Lino-cut, Japanese Woodblock

Laura Boswell is a renowned printmaker with a business background. She received her degree in Visual Art & Art History from The University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Her prints feature in national collections including the House of Lords and the Library of Wales.

Sylvia Downton

Medium: Sewing and Dressmaking

Based in North Buckinghamshire, Sylvia Downton is a highly skilled seamstress and teacher, specialising in dressmaking. Alongside making clothing, bags and textiles accessories, Sylvia runs regular and popular classes for all levels of abilities.

Caroline Nixon

Medium: Textiles & Eco-Printing

Specialised in eco-printing and natural colours, Caroline Nixon is a textile artist living and working in Warwickshire, UK. She uses botanical contact printing and natural dyeing combined with the shibori technique to create beautiful designs. Caroline usually upcycles and dyes the clothes and textiles that she finds in charity shops to make jackets, coats, dresses, t-shirts, shirts, and scarves

George Boyter

Medium: Watercolour

George Boyter studied Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and thereafter he embarked on an award-winning career as a creative director in advertising in London. Now a full time artist and tutor, he specializes in watercolour landscapes, life drawing, portraits and oils.

Hazel Godfrey

Medium: Willow

Hazel Godfrey makes work using natural materials, in particular willow and bark.  She uses traditional and contemporary weaving methods to create functional, decorative and sculptural structures. Hazel grows her own willow in North Herts, has exhibited on a Gold Award winning stand at Chelsea Flower Show and has work in private collections and gardens, public spaces and schools across the country. Hazel is a member of Hertfordshire Basketry and the National Basketmakers’ Association.

Bex Gouverneur

Medium: Charcoal & Pencil 

Bex Gouverneur is a highly accomplished artist and tutor, specialising in the drawing of animals.  A qualified teacher and photographer, Bex has exhibited her work across the South East and spends her time undertaking numerous private portrait commissions.