Peter Keegan's Paint Collection at The Courtyard Art Studio


We pride ourselves on meeting and inviting all of our tutors to teach with us based on their capabilities and skills, not only as exceptional artists but also great communicators, so that when you book onto a course with us, you can be assured of high-quality teaching and a fantastic learning experience. 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 a fulfilling and 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 particularly known for his portraiture work and garden scenes inspired by the grounds of Claydon Estate.

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 ARE

Medium: Lino-cut, Japanese Woodblock

Laura Boswell is a renowned landscape printmaker, working exclusively in linocut and traditional Japanese woodblock. In addition to her printmaking and public art commissions, she exhibits and teaches regularly and writes a monthly column for Artists & Illustrators Magazine. In 2018, she was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.


Rhubarb & Roses

Medium: Floral Design

Director of Rhubarb & Roses, Kathryn Healy has a passion for floristry and design. Her work is frequently publicised in magazines including Wedding Flowers, Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Elle Decoration.


Caroline Nixon

Medium: Textiles & Eco-Printing

Specialising in eco-printing and natural colours, Caroline Nixon is a textile artist living and working in Warwickshire. 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 embarked on an award-winning career as a creative director in advertising in London. Now a full time artist and tutor working from his home studio in Oxfordshire, he specialises 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.


Lisa Ann Watkins

Medium: Coloured Pencils

Lisa Ann Watkins is a multi award winning coloured pencil artist who specialises in animal portraiture. Graduating from Cheltenham College of Art & Design in the early 90s, she has a deep rooted passion for animals & her work captures not only the likeness of her subjects, but also the expression & individual character of every single one. Lisa teaches both here in the UK & internationally.


Vivienne Cawson

Medium: Watercolour

With a passion for pattern, colour and natural form, Vivienne Cawson’s passion lies in painting flowers and portraits in watercolour. Having originally trained in printed textiles, Vivienne taught Art and Design in further education for 26 years, painting and exhibiting throughout as time allowed. In 2005, she began painting full time. She is a member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) and the Leicester Society of Artists (LSA).


Rob Wareing

Medium: Pastel

With over 40 years experience as a professional portrait painter, Rob is a very popular demonstrator and tutor. He has given live portrait demonstrations on TV in the USA, Mauritius and South Africa and also has a considerable following on YouTube. During his extensive career, Rob has written for various art publications, including The Artist (UK), International Artists and The South African Artist.


Bridget Bernadette Karn

Medium: Felt

Describing her work as celebrating ‘the exceptional moments in everyday life’, Bridget has mastered the amazing technique of using wool like paint, producing beautiful, textured and very realistic felt pictures of her chosen subject matter. She has exhibited at many private galleries and large events, including the RA Summer Exhibition, and is an experienced tutor and demonstrator.


Clare Rose

Medium: Oils

Clare Rose is an experienced and successful professional artist, who explores various subject matters within her work, including portraiture, the human form and the landscape. She is inspired by the effects of light on any subject and works with various mediums, directly from life. With seven years of experience as a tutor, she has developed highly effective teaching approaches and techniques, allowing her to enable all learners. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions and has won the UWA School of Art Francis Williams art prize twice.


Mike Skidmore

Medium: Oils

Originally from Yorkshire, Mike Skidmore is an artist and tutor using traditional painting techniques to create compelling and dramatic paintings which explore character and narrative. Mike paints portraits and still life, exhibiting and selling his work nationwide and in the USA. In his own words, he has “led a pretty eclectic life from musician to designer, uni lecturer, counsellor and even had a spell on local BBC radio which ended in disaster!” He now works full time as an artist from his home studio in Ross-on-Wye.


Lauren Cooper

Medium: Calligraphy

Lauren Cooper is the face and hands behind Oh Wonder, her calligraphy company based in South London. A graphic designer and self-taught Calligrapher, Lauren has spent the last three years freelancing and perfecting the art of Modern Calligraphy. She regularly teaches, having been the resident expert at The Handmade Fair and has run inspirational workshops at the UK’s leading wedding fair, The National Wedding Show.


The Arty Crafty Place

Medium: Indian Block Printing

The dedicated team at the Arty Crafty Place, are passionate about everything to do with block printing. The team spend every January in Jaipur, training with traditional masters of the technique. They run a variety of workshops from their Oxfordshire studio as well as stocking a fully comprehensive selection of wooden printing blocks which have been hard carved in India.