Tutors at Sunningwell School of Art

Allyson Austin

Studied Fine Art (BA) at Leicester Polytechnic and L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Strasbourg, specializing in painting and printmaking.  After gaining a PCGE she taught on foundation courses in Luton and Newbury and completed an MA in Fine Art at Cheltenham, which included a sabbatical in Rome.  A printmaker for almost 30 years, Allyson’s work is primarily concerned with intuitive use of colour and texture to produce large scale works in which to weave a personal narrative.  Commissions include work for Daimler-Chrysler and Fish! Plc.  She exhibits in various galleries in the UK and works from her studio at Kirtlington Park.  www.allyson-austin.co.uk

Allyson is also Artistic Director at the Sunningwell School of Art. 

George Boyter

George was born in Pittenweem, Scotland and graduated in Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. After an award winning career as Creative Director in advertising he has returned to painting, specialising in watercolours. Having studied under watercolour masters such as Joseph Zbukvik and Alvaro Castagnet he is now practising and teaching the principles taught by them. His teaching emphasis is on understanding fundamental techniques through demonstration and practical participation and believes that encouragement and fun are vital for learning.

George exhibits regularly and you can view a selection of his work at www.georgeboyterartist.com

Jill Colchester

Jill is a practising artist and tutor. Her works are generally based on the figure and the head, which she has been drawing for more than a decade, developing a pared down style of gestural drawing using vital, dynamic minimal lines to catch a pose that is often held only for a few moments.

Her interest in capturing movement has grown since her contemporary dance training as a young woman. Jill initially studied in education and taught in primary schools in London before moving to Oxfordshire where she obtained her BA in Fine Art.


Laura Degenhardt

I do not believe that there is a one size fits all approach to teaching practical skills in the arts, and work with every student as an individual with a unique talent and worldview that shapes the way that they create work.  I emphasise the importance of process , allowing for accident and the unexpected in a workshop, and encourage my students to support one another’s journeys of exploration in the art studio.  Ultimately, I hope that the experience of learning through creative practice is as important – if not more so – than achieving a ‘finished’ outcome, but most of my students leave my sessions with  work that they would be prepared to share with others.


Anthony Eccles

I finished an MA in Ceramics at Bathspa University in 2014 where I concentrated on experimental work. The resulting sculptures express a physicality and movement that celebrates the expressive potential of the clay.

This desire for a relaxed spontaneity is explored in some of these domestic jugs. The wheel thrown form acts as a canvas; it is dipped in white slip, then vigorous, gestural overlapping and sweeping marks are applied with a ladle.

The intention is to let it flow and trust in the process. I use soft clay encouraging a looser more fluid and immediate style of throwing on the wheel. See website for more information.

Marcus Hodge

Marcus is an established portrait and equine painter who studied in Spain. He will be joining us in the spring term to teach classical oil painting, suitable for all levels, details of Marcus’s work can be found via this link.

Neil Drury 

For over fifteen years he has worked and exhibited as a painter and printmaker mostly in and around Oxford. Whilst his output is varied in style and medium, his one creative constant is the expressive use of colour. In his teaching at museums, art schools, abroad and at his studio, enjoying and understanding colour is again very much a keynote. A keen interest in art history informs all his work and travel schedules to galleries, museums and exhibitions at home and abroad.



Joni Hirata Duarte

Joni Hirata Duarte, began his studies in art at Lisbon Art University (BA), and subsequently moved to London to further pursue his passion for art.

Joni completed his MA at City & Guilds London Art School in 2012 and continued to develop his career as an artist at Lavender Hill Studios.

Now he is a senior tutor at London Fine Art Studios.

He has painted nationally renowned poet David Constantine as part of the Poetry Portraits Project, exhibited at Leighton House Museum, Central School of Ballet , Dulwich Picture Gallery and more recently completed a project with Kings College.



Pam Foley

Pam has been a freelance sculpture tutor for over two decades.  She maintains a sculpture studio practice in Farthinghoe, just outside of Banbury. over 25 years.  Her background is in teaching to children and adults at schools in her native USA (San Francisco and the Bay Area) as well as in the UK.  She is originally from New England USA, but now lives in Jericho, Oxford.  Although her artwork is synthesis of traditional representations depicting the human form, her particular interest is in artefacts and archetypal imagery, and their relevance to contemporary times.  Pam has exhibited, and has work in private collections in the USA, France and in the UK.  She can be contacted via her website.

Kate Hammersley

Kate Hammersley MRBS is an artist and sculptor creating work about landscape and change.  Using the environment as her starting point, the process of making and choice of materials are an important part of her work.  She works with a wide range of materials from traditional drawing media and silverpoint to found objects and experimental media.

Kate has a BA (First Class Hons.) and MA in Art and Art History.  Since being selected to take part in Sotheby’s International Young Art programme she has exhibited nationally and internationally at the Elizabeth Foundation New York, the Royal British Society of Sculptors London, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Maison de l’lnternational Grenoble as well as many other galleries.  A drawing specialist she taught drawing at Savannah College of Art and Design USA and was awarded a Presidential Fellowship.  She has also created drawing workshops for the Royal British Society of Sculptors where she is an elected member.


Charlotte Houlihan

Working from life, Charlotte creates honest and thoughtful studies of the beauty and expression of the human figure. They are direct, often spontaneous observations of our body language and nature as much as an individual’s form and features, quickly recorded in oil paints or inks.

Following a degree in Furniture and Product Design from Ravensbourne, and alongside a career in design, for fifteen years Charlotte has studied life drawing and painting with RCA fellow Bobby Gill. She tries to bring this diverse experience to her teaching. Sharing practical drawing and observation skills, while equally championing individual expression and exploration.


Graham Hudson

Ashmolean Museum – Discover Ceramics 2019 by Ian Wallman

Graham Hudson studied ceramics at Bath College of H.E. (B.A. Hons.) and Staffordshire University (M.A.). He is a professional member of the Craft Potters Association and has been a ceramics tutor at various art schools, universities and colleges for the last 25 years. He makes functional and decorative terracotta tableware which explore the relationship between materials, process and craftsmanship.


Alison Jones 

Graduated from Camberwell College of Applied Arts, London with a B.A. Hons degree in ceramics. Since then has become a member of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild and has set up her workshop in South Oxfordshire. Alison explores the human form and exhibits figurative drawings, collages and ceramics. Teaches pottery and figurative sculpture courses at Sunningwell and is a tutor in a variety of education establishments, as Artist in Residence and Arts Youth Worker.   http://www.alisonjonesceramics.co.uk

Susan Neale

Susan Neale has been an artist all her working life, since graduating with a degree in Illustration from Harrow College of Art. She was Artist in Residence at the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and currently works with Oxford University’s Wytham Woods.

Structured lessons and demonstrations for all levels of ability are cornerstones of her teaching, with emphasis on both the practical and the creative.

“I have the privilege of teaching my craft and I both enjoy and care passionately about communicating the knowledge and skills I have in a relaxed and fun environment. My medium is watercolour. I love its jewel like colours reflecting through the paper and the flow of water through pigment.” Susan is an exhibiting artist with the NEAC and The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour at the Mall Galleries London and sells work in the UK and abroad.

Jezella Pigott

Jezella is an artist working in a variety of mediums including printmaking, drawing, collage, installation art and performance works. Jezella has completed a masters in drawing, Wimbledon London UAL in 2014-15 and studied BA fine art at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford from 2005-2008. In 2016 she was Artist in Residence at the Old Firestation, Oxford; and took part in a group residency at OVADA Gallery in Oxford. Jezella has exhibited at the Bargehouse, London for the exhibition ‘We all draw’. At London’s National Gallery’s Drawing Room in 2015 and exhibited at SOMOs Art House, Berlin  ‘Custom paradise’ in 2016 Berlin, the Northwall Arts Centre 2017 and was selected for a group show at OVADA seven counties open in May 2017.

Jane Strother

Jane Strother studied painting at Bath Academy of Art and has worked as a painter, illustrator, printmaker and teacher. She works from her studio in Oxford and teaches for a number of organisations around the county.
‘I am a studio painter. I devise and build a final image through many stages and layers of paint. The physicality of the paint is the important ‘surface’ layer. Once the subject is established, the form of the work takes precedent. I am excited by composition, colour proportion and value relationships, the quality of a mark and its location.
Subjects are frequently found at the coast or hill country, the more ‘weather’ the better. I observe, sketch, photograph, reflect, often alone or with a like-minded companion. A lifetime’s enthusiasm for topography, natural habitat and wildlife, particularly botany, suggests the detail in an image.’

Kevin Scully

Kevin trained at Wimbledon School of Art and began his career as a scenic artist in the theatre and television. He then worked for many years as a successful illustrator in advertising and publishing. His commercial experience required him to be able to work in a diverse number of mediums, but he now paints primarily in watercolours, oils and pastels.

He produces paintings that are mainly figurative, but at the same time strives to create a sense of the enigmatic and evocative. The subject matter is varied, and he focuses on choosing the less obvious viewpoints whilst avoiding the clichéd and overstated. Mood and atmosphere are his primary concerns and he strives to eliminate as much unnecessary detail as possible. The work he produces is predominantly painted en plein air and is often used as the basis for larger studio-based works.

He tutors on painting holidays at home and abroad and runs regular art courses in the UK. He has led groups of painters to Spain, Portugal, France, Greece, Morocco, India, Crete, Gozo, Turkey, and Italy.

He writes regular articles for The Artist, and Artists & Illustrators magazines and is the author of several books on painting for The Crowood Press, including Still Life in Gouache, Drawing and Painting on Location, and Painting Landscapes.

Kevin is a member of the Oxfordshire Arts Society. If you would like to see more of Kevin’s work please visit his website at www.kevinscully.co.uk

Sarah Spackman RBA

Has studied at Byam Shaw and Camberwell School of Art, London, BA(hons) Fine Art.  Since then she has worked full time as an artist and exhibited regularly both here and abroad.  Her work is based on a fundamental belief in the value of drawing and the importance of creating relationships within the pictorial space.  Sarah has become particularly well known for her still-life paintings and works with oil paint, watercolour and mixed media.  She has exhibited with the NEAC and the RBA and has had work selected for the Discerning Eye and the Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition.  Her work is in the contemporary art collection of the AIB as well as many private collections.  She exhibits regularly in the UK and is represented by the Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford.   For further details please see her website

Clova Stuart-Hamilton

After graduating in Fine Art from Oxford University Clova attended the RA Schools gaining a Postgraduate qualification in Painting.  Her own practice, which is under-pinned with drawing and working directly from life, is rooted in this early training.  She has been exhibiting and selling paintings for more than 30 years.  Her work has been shown mostly at galleries in London, including having work accepted for the RBA and NEAC Open Exhibitions, in Oxford and in Southern England.  Here, numerous collectors have discovered her work, although many paintings have found buyers in the US, in Europe and Hong Kong.

Since her obtaining her PGCE at Goldsmiths’ College, Clova has become a very experienced and versatile teacher having worked in a range of contexts including Radley College, where she also taught History of Art;  a previous stint at Sunningwell, OLASS and currently a Short Course Tutor at the Ruskin School of Art.  www.clova-stuart-hamilton.co.uk

Sarah Wenden

Gained 1st class honours in Fine Art (Painting) at the Central School of Art & Design and took her M.A. at the Slade.  She was Junior Fellow in Fine Art at Cardiff (S.G.I.H.E.) before becoming the first Artist-in-Residence at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. There she was painting landscape, which has always been her main concern.  She has also participated in residences in Norway and with ‘Art in Situ’ in France.  She has exhibited widely in London, Oxford, France and Germany.  Commissions include work for St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford and Lord Camoys at Stonor Park.  She has taught at several art schools, including The Royal College.  “The practice of drawing is essential in order to sharpen students’ observation and their understanding of visual relationships.  I encourage students to experiment with different media and be adventurous in their approach to painting”. website: http://www.sarahwenden.com/

Ruth Swain

Ruth Swain is an award-winning portrait, figurative and still-life artist living in Oxfordshire. She is a member of the Oxford Art Society. Her previous career in advertising influences her paintings – she likes to use visual ideas, and humour to enhance her work. 

Currently Ruth is exploring the idea of Still-Life as a form of portraiture. She looks at what was seen as traditional women’s work and wants to elevate its status, to find beauty in the minutiae of everyday life. 

Ruth works in oil, pastel and watercolour. She has exhibited in exhibitions such as the RBSA open exhibition 2017, OAS open in 2018, 2019,2020 and 2021 and The RIPW exhibition 2019. Her painting ‘Essentials’ is on show in the Ashmoleum Museum, Oxford.

Ruth is also a winner of the Liberty Arts Prize 2020 and will be part of an exhibition in the Liberty offices from May 2021. She also has a painting selected for the RIWP(Royal Institute of Painters In Watercolours) in May 2021.

I refuse to be invisible. I am a 50 something woman, an artist and I paint. It’s what I am but it’s not all I do.

 There are people and objects out there that go unnoticed. I want to paint the everyday by elevating the mundane and the things we take for granted; to show the often-unnoticed work that women do, made more visible, and to expose the beauty and natural humour in the minutiae of everyday life.’’

Anthony Wilder

Gained a BA degree from Bath Academy of Art and a PGCE from the University of Reading.  He taught Art at Theale Green School and then spent thirteen years as Head of Art at Denefield School in Reading.  During this time he enjoyed a sabbatical year painting, part of it in Italy.  Since 1994 he has divided his time between part time teaching and painting.  In 1998 he left school teaching for tutoring in adult education and to continue painting and other business interests.  His painting, which is predominantly in watercolour, is about feelings for particular places.  In November 2006 he published a book on a group of Victorian artists who lived in his home town of Wallingford.  In 2016 he was elected Chairman of Reading Guild of Artists’.  My work can be seen on the Reading Guild of Artists’ website: www.rga-artists.org.uk

Grant Waters

Grant is an experienced professional artist and tutor living in Oxfordshire. He holds a BA (Hons.) in Professional Studies in Education and is a lecturer at Abingdon and Witney College. He also teaches adults who suffer from drug addiction and mental health issues.

Grant specialises in portraiture and figurative painting. He works in oils with fluid brushwork and a strong use of colour and tone. He exhibits regularly and is a member of the Oxford Art Society. Grant has recently been awarded ‘Tutor of the Year 2020’ for his contributions to Oxfordshire Adult learning.


Lucy Stopford

Lucy Stopford, BA Leeds Fine Art, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Contemporary British Portrait Painters and current Chairman of the Oxford Art Society, has run workshops for over 15 years in both Buckinghamshire and Oxford. Working exclusively from the model in oils, charcoal and clay, Lucy is interested in recording the process of working directly from life in materials which capture the energy of exploration by leaving traces of repeated enquiry in the mark making. 

She exhibits regularly in London with the Federation of British Artists and the CBPP and has shown work with the BP Portrait Award in the National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

For more information please visit lucystopford.com Instagram lucystopford_artist

Hannah Yeadon

Hannah studied ceramics at Camberwell School of Art (BA) and Bath Spa University (MA). She has been a practicing ceramicist and has taught in Oxford for 27 years. Hannah creates ceramic sculptures – the themes of her work include renewed hope for the future, spiritual uplift and inner/outer transformation. Her work can be seen at www.hannahyeadonceramics.com

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