Eugenia Alekseyev is a painter and an art teacher. She studied art in the Art School after Repin in Russia and in the New York Art Students League under instruction of Costa Vavagiakis and Leonid Gervitz. She works in different mediums including oil painting, watercolour, crafts and folk styles. Inspired by the old masters, impressionists and the late 19th century Russian painters, Eugenia’s landscapes and still life paintings aspire to reflect the beauty that surrounds us.
Painter, collage artist and designer, Julia entered the world of art after originally training as a textile designer at Chelsea College of Art and Design. After working successfully in textiles in Lake Como and later in London, she turned her hand to oil painting and collage art. Julia enjoys inspiring and motivating her students to explore their creativity. She is a passionate teacher who believes that everyone has hidden artistic talent waiting to be discovered. Her classes are creative and fun and she really knows how to get the best out of her students.
Lucy grew up in London where she still lives and paints the urban landscape. She studied for a degree in painting at Brighton - the sea being a particular source of inspiration. Primarily a landscape artist, Lucy often paints in the open with a direct response to the subject. Colour is important in Lucy’s work as she captures the shapes and rhythms of her surroundings. She has exhibited throughout the UK, including The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and at the Mall Galleries. She is a qualified teacher and has taught in various London schools, including Hampstead School of Art, Camden School for Girls and Channing School. Lucy welcomes students of all levels to discover the beauty and power of watercolour painting.
William Foyle was born and brought up in Scotland. Having studied at the Leith School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art, William decided to live and work in London as an artist. William Foyle has had several successful solo exhibitions in both London and Ireland, and has been part of gallery and Museum exhibitions abroad. William hopes to bring energy and enthusiasm to the class and will encourage students to take risks with their drawings and have confidence in their abilities, and develop their skills as beginners or as accomplished artists.
Rochelle Fry is an artist and educator who lives and works in London. A graduate of the Royal Academy, she has exhibited her work in the UK and internationally. Rochelle has 10 years extensive experience teaching short courses at CSM including drawing and portfolio preparation. She writes bespoke courses preparing and mentoring students for successful art university applications and also teaches drawing at the Civil Engineering Dept., City University, London.
Sue Pearl has been making felt since 1997 and has been teaching the craft internationally as well as domestically since that time. Her first career was in Interior Design but retrained in textiles in the ’90’s. Obtaining an MA in design she has been making felt objects, wearables and sculptures since then. Sue has taught in New York, Canada, Australia, Israel and Japan. Since the lockdown she has been running a weekly workshop via Zoom for various Craft schools across the country.
Barbara studied at St Martin’s School of Art and the University of London Institute of Education. Barbara has taught art to people of all ages in the UK and Netherlands and her work has been exhibited in the UK and overseas. Barbara has been awarded five prizes in printmaking and has shown at the RA Summer Exhibition three times and exhibited work at the Mall Gallery, the Oxo Gallery and the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead. She is a member of the Southbank Makers Cooperative, Gabriel's Wharf London and the Printmakers Council.
Jess Miller completed an honours degree in art and design at Liverpool University in 1991. Since then she has continued making and learning about art. For the last ten years, her main focus – in both sculpture and painting – is a fascination with the human figure. She exhibits annually with Crouch End Open Studios and the London Painters and Sculptors Group. All her work has an expressive feel and, in teaching, she hopes to encourage her students to have an experimental attitude to finding both colour and form.
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Clare attained her Masters Degree from Camberwell School of Art. She is an elected member of Greenwich Printmakers, has been awarded a number of prizes. Currently she shows her paintings & printmaking across the UK with various galleries & exhibitions. The Fernside Life Classes were established by Clare in 1996 with her unique emphasis on unlocking personal creativity through a variety of structured exercises which have been proven to develop and strengthen technical skill and which continue to attract students of all ages ever since.
Lauren has been practicing yoga since she was nineteen and trained to become a yoga teacher under the highly acclaimed Yoga London teacher training program. She has completed a Children’s Yoga Teacher Training course with Calm For Kids and teaches kids, teens and adult yoga classes in schools across London. Lauren has a unique ability to help people feel at ease and make the complex appear simple with her clear and precise instructions, all delivered with a smile and her down to earth approach to life. www.
Kerrie has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She decided to train as a Yoga teacher 3 years ago after an illness meant she needed to make changes to her lifestyle. Yoga served her so well during this time, resulting in an enthusiastic and contagious passion for sharing her personal experience of the profound benefits of Yoga. Kerrie continues to study under the highly regarded British Wheel of Yoga and is delighted to now be able to teach and share her appreciation of the wonder of how the human body, emotions and mind responds to yoga.
Patrick Naylor has performed extensively as a guitarist and bandleader. He has released three critically acclaimed albums of original compositions and completed numerous tours of the UK. His latest CD, Days of Blue, was included in the Daily Telegraph Best CDs of 2015. Patrick has worked extensively as a session musician and has recorded a number of pieces for film, TV and radio. He has won praise from many critics such as from Jazzwise, The London Evening Standard, BBC Music Magazine, Jazz Journal Musician Magazine and Time Out.
Trudie possesses more than 20 years professional experience as an exhibiting artist, director and project-manager of major exhibitions, curator and fine-art consultant. She has concurrently mentore emerging and established artists for over 10 years. Trudie is the founder and director of KidsDoArt, an organization which is passionate about teaching art to children, nurturing and developing their creativity. Kids Do Art offer a range of exciting 2D and 3D projects that have been developed to encourage creativity and to broaden visual language.
Lizzie developed an interest in yoga later in life whilst pregnant. Now with almost 25 years of yoga practice including Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyassa and Kashmir, she is passionate about the practice and philosophy of yoga. Lizzie firmly believes that yoga is a practice open to all ages and abilities and that what we learn on the mat benefits us so we can gain strength in every sense to live more easily, joyously and gracefully. Lizzie has trained in restorative and Nidra yoga and continues to study with Jessica Stewart Yoga.
David completed his two year foundation course in Art and Design in 1983, following which he studied sculpture at Cheltenham Art School, graduating in 1986 with a BA (honours) degree in Fine Art. David’s art now employs a variety of mediums and techniques both from fine art and freeform approaches to the subject. He enjoys constructing and acknowledges the influence of the man-made and natural world. His work often combines and embraces these human, natural, organic, abstract and mechanical influence.