Teaching

Becky is a qualified art teacher in both secondary and adult education with experience in a wide variety of fields including art, photography and textiles.  She taught regularly at The Courtyard Art Studio and other venues where she teaches basic and advanced drawing skills as well as courses in her own charcoal techniques.

Current Courses

Unfortunately due to the global COVID pandemic The Courtyard Art Studio is no longer offering workshops.  Once restrictions allow Becky will be offering her classes at a new venue in the Buckinghamshire area.  Please check back soon for updates!  Please scroll down for Online Workshops.

Private Tuition

Becky is now taking on new private tuition clients via Zoom.  Teaching is tailored to your specific needs and can be conducted on an individual or small group basis.

Private tuition rates of £35/hr for single hour lessons or £30/hr for lessons of 2+ hours.  There is an additional fee of 25% per person up to a maximum of 3 for private lessons.

If you are interested in this please make contact for more information.


Testimonials

Your courses have made such a difference to me, I always wanted to draw but until I got on your first course I just had no idea how to get started.   Now I can do quite a respectable drawing and I am so proud of myself and so pleased, thank you so much for giving me the encouragement and knowledge I needed. – Sue


Online Workshops


An Introduction to Drawing in Charcoal – 2hr Online Workshop

Practical Information

A short, introductory workshop consisting of 2 hrs, 10:00-12:00 GMT on Friday 16th July 2021. If you are unable to attend the live session, it can be downloaded and re-watched* after the event. I am happy to accommodate keen pupils of secondary school age and above at the live event.

Workshop Fees

Basic Ticket: live event & recording* – £15 per person

Advanced Ticket: live event & recording* plus detailed written critique on your work via email at the end of the course – £25 per person

The workshop will take place on Zoom, please ensure your device can run the software before registering. *You can join the session live and/or download the recording for 7 days after the event which you can then keep and re-watch at your own pace. You will be able to talk, discuss and ask questions during the live sessions, options for individual critique following the live session are available as above. This course is non-refundable.

Course Information

This course is suitable for absolute beginners to drawing or more experienced artists who wish to begin to explore charcoal. We will start very simply, exploring the medium of charcoal and a variety of manipulation techniques to create one simple image covering the areas below.

  • Application and uses of Willow Charcoal
  • Paper choices
  • Creating fine lines
  • Blending techniques
  • Good working practices – How to keep clean!

Materials List

  • Printer (or access to one) to print out reference images and task sheets
  • Cartridge paper / Artist quality sketchbook
  • Willow Charcoal Sticks (thin or medium)
  • Fine Sandpaper or a Nail File
  • A small, soft bristled “eye shadow” make up brush or watercolour brush
  • A large round “blusher” brush or cotton wool
  • Tortillion/Blending Stumps or Cotton buds
  • Putty Rubber
  • Masking tape
  • Scrap paper

Teaching and Experience

Becky is a qualified art teacher in both secondary and adult education with experience in a wide variety of fields including art, photography and textiles. She has a relaxed, friendly style of teaching which will put you at ease and allow you to progress at your own pace while exploring and developing new skills and techniques.

Becky is known for her highly detailed charcoal and pencil drawings of animals. She has taught with The Courtyard Art Studio, The SAA, is a member of Oxford Art Society and is currently exhibiting at The Sinclair Gallery, Rickmansworth.

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Drawing A Sparrow in Charcoal – 4 Week Online Workshop

Basic Information

Four week workshop consisting of 2 hrs per session, 10:00-12:00 GMT Sunday mornings on: 12/09/21, 19/09/21, 26/09/21, 03/10/21. If you are unable to attend any or all of the live sessions, they can be downloaded and re-watched* after the event. I am happy to accommodate keen pupils of secondary school age and above.

Workshop Fees

Basic Ticket: four sessions live event & recording* – £64 per person

Advanced Ticket: four sessions live event & recording* plus detailed written critique on your work via email at the end of the course – £84 per person

The workshop will take place on Zoom, please ensure your device can run the software before registering. *You can join the session live and/or re watch the recording for 7 days after the event. You will be able to talk, discuss and ask questions during the live sessions, options for individual critique following the live session are available as above. This course is non-refundable.

Contents

This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate level students who are looking for a structured path to develop their drawing skills. No specific experience is needed in charcoal as all the basics will be covered as we work through the sessions. The workshop will be led in a draw-along style where we will work through the process of an entire drawing from start to finish to create a detailed tonal drawing of a sparrow. There will be smaller “learning tasks” as we go to practice new techniques before applying them to our main drawing.

  • Using the grid technique to achieve an accurate contour drawing
  • Creating a range of tones with charcoal
  • Achieving accurate tonal values
  • Blending and manipulation of materials
  • Drawing and creating feather textures

Materials List

  • Printer (or access to one) to print out reference images and task sheets
  • Drawing paper (I will be working on Snowdon 300gsm cartridge paper)
  • Scrap paper or glassine paper
  • An H or HB (or similar) graphite pencil
  • Ruler
  • A hard eraser
  • Tissues (preferably clean!)
  • Tombow Mono Zero Eraser (optional but handy!)
  • Masking tape

The materials below are available as a pack for £25 plus p&p. If you would like to purchase please contact me directly.

  • Willow Charcoal Power & Pot
  • Set of soft charcoal brushes (make up brush sets are perfect!)
  • Conte Pierre Noire ‘H’ pencil
  • Conte Pierre Noire ‘2B’ pencil
  • Putty rubber
  • Faber Castell PITT compressed charcoal stick ‘medium’
  • Blending stumps
  • Emery board
  • White charcoal or pastel pencil
  • Pack of medium or thin willow charcoal

Teaching and Experience

Becky is a qualified art teacher in both secondary and adult education with experience in a wide variety of fields including art, photography and textiles. She has a relaxed, friendly style of teaching which will put you at ease and allow you to progress at your own pace while exploring and developing new skills and techniques.

Becky is known for her highly detailed charcoal and pencil drawings of animals. She has taught with The Courtyard Art Studio, The SAA, is a member of Oxford Art Society and is currently exhibiting at The Sinclair Gallery, Rickmansworth.

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An Introduction to Drawing in Coloured Pencil – 2hr Online Workshop

Basic Information

A short, introductory workshop consisting of 2 hrs, 10:00-12:00 GMT on Saturday 11th Sept 2021. If you are unable to attend the live session, it can be downloaded and re-watched* after the event. I am happy to accommodate keen pupils of secondary school age and above at the live event.

Workshop Fees

Basic Ticket: live event & recording* – £15 per person

Advanced Ticket: live event & recording* plus detailed written critique on your work via email at the end of the course – £25 per person

The workshop will take place on Zoom, please ensure your device can run the software before registering. *You can join the session live and/or download the recording for 7 days after the event which you can then keep and re-watch at your own pace. You will be able to talk, discuss and ask questions during the live sessions, options for individual critique following the live session are available as above. This course is non-refundable.

Course Information

This course is suitable for absolute beginners to drawing or more experienced artists who wish to begin to explore the medium of coloured pencil. In this introduction to the medium, we will explore variety of techniques creating sample drawings based on an animal theme covering the areas below.

  • Selecting a brand and the differences
  • Paper choices
  • Blending and smoothing techniques
  • Layering
  • Colour identification and matching
  • Creating texture

Materials List

  • Printer (or access to one) to print out reference images and task sheets
  • Cartridge paper / Artist quality sketchbook (I will be drawing on Snowdon 300gsm cartridge paper)
  • Scrap paper
  • Masking tape
  • Set of artist’s coloured pencils
  • Putty rubber
  • Hard eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scalpel or craft knife

Extras – handy but not essential!

  • A spare mobile phone or tablet (in addition to the device you are using to view)
  • Tombow Mono Zero eraser (or similar)

Teaching and Experience

Becky is a qualified art teacher in both secondary and adult education with experience in a wide variety of fields including art, photography and textiles. She has a relaxed, friendly style of teaching which will put you at ease and allow you to progress at your own pace while exploring and developing new skills and techniques.

Becky is known for her highly detailed charcoal and pencil drawings of animals. She has taught with The Courtyard Art Studio, The SAA, is a member of Oxford Art Society and is currently exhibiting at The Sinclair Gallery, Rickmansworth.

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Drawing Parrots in Coloured Pencil – 5 Week Online Workshop

Basic Information

Five week workshop consisting of 2 hrs per session, 10:00-12:00 GMT Friday mornings on: 12/11/21, 19/11/21, 26/11/21, 03/12/21 and 10/12/21. If you are unable to attend the live sessions, they can be downloaded and re-watched* after the event. I am happy to accommodate keen pupils of secondary school age and above at the live events.

Workshop Fees

Basic Ticket: four sessions live event & recording* – £70 per person

Advanced Ticket: four sessions live event & recording* plus detailed written critique on your work via email at the end of the course – £90 per person

The workshop will take place on Zoom, please ensure your device can run the software before registering. *You can join the session live and/or re watch the recording for 7 days after the event. You will be able to talk, discuss and ask questions during the live sessions, options for individual critique following the live session are available as above. This course is non-refundable.

Contents

This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate level students who are looking for a structured path to develop their drawing skills using coloured pencil. No experience is needed to take part as all the basics will be covered step-by-step as we work through the sessions. The workshop will be led in a draw-along style where we will work through the process of an entire drawing from start to finish to create a detailed colour pencil drawing of two parrots (see attached image). There will be smaller “learning tasks” as we go to practice new techniques before applying them to our main drawing.

  • The differences between various coloured pencil brands
  • Paper choice
  • Using the grid technique to achieve an accurate contour drawing
  • Blending and smoothing techniques
  • Layering
  • Colour identification and matching
  • Creating a range of rough and smooth textures
  • Tone vs hue
  • Correcting hue’s and use of the colour wheel
  • Adding detail

Materials List

  • Printer (or access to one) to print out reference images and task sheets
  • 1 sheet 24x30cm White Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper (with extra for testing)
  • Scrap paper
  • Masking tape
  • Set of artist’s quality coloured pencils (I recommend a set of min 36 colours, please contact me if you are unsure)
  • Putty rubber
  • Hard eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scalpel or craft knife
  • Tombow Mono Zero eraser (or similar)

Extras – handy but not essential!

  • A spare mobile phone or tablet (in addition to the device you are using to view)
  • Derwent blender and burnisher pencils
  • A sheet of glassine paper

Teaching and Experience

Becky is a qualified art teacher in both secondary and adult education with experience in a wide variety of fields including art, photography and textiles. She has a relaxed, friendly style of teaching which will put you at ease and allow you to progress at your own pace while exploring and developing new skills and techniques.

Becky is known for her highly detailed charcoal and pencil drawings of animals. She has taught with The Courtyard Art Studio, The SAA, is a member of Oxford Art Society and is currently exhibiting at The Sinclair Gallery, Rickmansworth.

BOOK THIS WORKSHOP