Brenda Parnham BEd.
I qualified as a teacher in 1991 (as a mature student) and have been teaching ever since.
I have taught children at all levels from infants, juniors and secondary and adults during daytime and evening classes.
My teaching degree allowed me to specialise in Science and Art and I particularly enjoy the history of both subjects.
I have been painting since childhood - at first with watercolours, then in oils and finally returning to my first love of watercolours.
I retired from teaching in schools some years ago in order to specialise on teaching watercolours.
At first I taught groups of up to 16 students of all ages during daytime and evening classes at local community halls. But I now work from home in a purpose-built studio in which to teach watercolours to no more than 4 students at once. Such small groups ensure that degree of personal tuition which is essential for rapid progress.
I particularly enjoy teaching beginners as it is great to see someone who perhaps has not experienced painting since they were at school, blossom into a competent and confident watercolourist.
My students include children aged from 5 to 13 plus those of more 'mature' years.
Some of my current students have been coming to me for over two years and many are personal friends.
I believe that you need skills to be able to produce high standard art work.
For this reason I concentrate on teaching watercolour techniques. Once these have been mastered you can then begin to develop your own style of painting.
Do not expect to create a masterpiece or even a recognisable picture in the first few weeks. It is an arduous journey to painting self-sufficiency. However with the right skills, sensitively taught and dutifully practised between lessons you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
I will provide materials for the first few lessons to give you the chance to 'try before you buy'.
Art materials vary in quality and mistakes can be expensive. I can give you access to a range of paints and brushes to help you decide what materials to buy for yourself.
Classes are limited to a maximum of four students at any one time to give an element of personal tuition and a certain degree of flexibility of subject matter according to skill level.
The subject matter varies. We paint from a variety of sources including photographs, still-life and locations around the area.
You will be expected to practise the techniques learned that week for at least 1 hour between lessons. Only this way will you develop your skills and thus become a confident and independent painter.
Adult Teaching sessions
Sessions are usually between 2 to 3 hours duration.
Morning sessions start at 10am and afternoon sessions at 1.30 or 2pm
Classes consist of a minimum of 2 students and a maximum of 4 students per session. Start times can be varied to suit the whole group if required.
Evening Classes for Children
For some time, I have taught early-evening classes for children, aged 10 years and over, at an art and craft supplies shop called ARTWORKS, in Beeston near Nottingham.
These lessons have been so successful that I now have a waiting list.
For further details about these classes, please use the Contact Me button above or use the details on the Links page.
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