Tamsin Dearing - Fine Art Pencil and Pastel Portraiture
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Tamsin Dearing A Thirst For Life WIP Copyright 2016Many people start drawing with pencils early in life, but most move onto other mediums or abandon art altogether. And many people believe that they simply cannot draw, however drawing is a skill like playing the guitar or riding a bike, and equally, drawing can be learned.

Tamsin teaches simple techniques in a patient and relaxed manner, which take absolute beginners to budding artists who are drawing portraits they are proud of, in a matter of hours.

Or, for those more confident with a pencil, you can learn to work in colour, draw more complicated subjects and clothing, develop your shading techniques and realistically capture your subject.

And if you are looking for a fast and bold way to work, pastels could be the medium for you. With similar principles to pencil drawing, pastels is a fun, responsive and colourful way to make art.


'The workshop was brilliant, art should be taught like this in schools'

'I left feeling two metres taller! Thank you, Tamsin!'

'I love that Tamsin helps you to see things from a different perspective and inspires confidence in you'

Be inspired by the amazing drawings that my students create in the albums here: www.facebook.com/tamsindearingportraits


Personalised gift vouchers are available for all types of tuition, and make a perfect present for the creative people in your life. Buy someone special a place on a workshop or some private tuition, an experience which gives a new skill for life.


Private Tuition Drawing T.Dearing.Copyright 2017This is a popular choice for those who want bespoke tuition, and suits both visitors to Cornwall and those who are resident here. Private drawing tuition can be delivered either at Tamsin's studio in St.Austell or at a location of your choice, and a personalised lesson plan will be created to meet your needs. Suitable for either an individual or a group or family, this tailored tuition ensures that you learn exactly what will benefit you most, either as a novice or as someone who is building on their current artistic knowledge.

There is no typical private student, though examples to date include a student who wanted to be more confident with his sketching skills before embarking on his university course, a family who spend holidays in Cornwall and chose a day workshop in the comfort of their home, and those who have attended workshops with me and wish to focus on specific areas for development. Tamsin will happily discuss your needs and advise on a personalised plan accordingly.

Private tuition is fully booked till late Spring so Tamsin is not currently taking on new students. If you are interested in hearing when the next availability is, please get in touch.


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Tamsin teaches three weekly classes in Mid Cornwall which are all suitable for absolute beginners as well those who wish to improve their art skills. Tuition is in pencil (graphite), coloured pencil and pastels as preferred. Rather than working to a set curriculum, students focus on their own projects and at their own pace with one to one and peer support. This student led approach creates a rich diversity of styles and lots of shared experiences and inspiration. With an informal setting in community venues the friendship and fun is an integral part of each group.

No prior art experience is required and materials are provided. £10 per session which includes refreshments.


Coombe near St.Austell and Truro, Cornwall
Learn to Draw Portraits - Afternoon Class on Mondays, 1pm - 3pm

This class is currently full, please get in touch if you would like to be notified when a place becomes available.


Coombe near St.Austell and Truro, Cornwall
Learn to Draw Portraits - Morning Class on Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:30pm

This class is currently full, please get in touch if you would like to be notified when a place becomes available.


Roche, Cornwall
Learn to Draw Portraits - Evening Class on Thursdays, 7pm - 9pm

This class is currently full, please get in touch if you would like to be notified when a place becomes available.


You can see the wonderful 2013 and 2014 exhibitions by students who have attended classes with me, and more pictures by more recent students too on www.facebook.com/tamsindearingportraits


Perfect for building your artistic confidence and discovering the talent you may not have known you have. Suitable for beginners and improvers
- in both art and in pencil or pastels - these workshops will give you the confidence and skills to draw or paint a wide variety of subjects. Packed with expert tips and techniques, these workshops are designed to help you find and develop your own style, and to feel confident to continue making art at home.

As more Learn to Draw and Painting in Pastels workshops are arranged, they will be advertised on here. If you would like to be amongst the first to hear when dates are realeased, please contact Tamsin to join the mailing list.


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'A wonderful day! So well taught. The encouragement was so helpful. A sense of achievement and good dynamics in the group. Thank you!'


'Thank you so much for the drawing course today, it was very, very enjoyable and I learned such a lot. I think the course was wonderfully balanced and your instructions were very clear. Can't wait for the next one!'

'Brilliant. Very relaxed. Tamsin is a natural teacher'

'Crammed full of tried and tested techniques - eminently do-able - like magic! I didn't even stop for lunch!'

'The structure of the programme is excellent, gradually overcoming hesitancy and leading one to confidence'

'Absolutely brilliant - it's restored my faith in drawing and I can't wait to do some more'

'I loved all of it - an uplifting, interesting, absorbing, even therapeutic day!'

'I really really thank you Tamsin for restoring my hope in myself, I believed I wasn't good enough. I now feel comfortable going forwards and pursuing art as a studied form.'

'Tamsin is an amazing teacher because she makes you realise that it's not that 'you can't draw' but that you have never been shown how to do it'

'Oh wow Tamsin what can I say, today's workshop was THE BEST. I haven't done anything like this before and I loved it. Well worth doing. And to meet such lovely people was a bonus. Thank you so very much. Big smiley face :-) '

'Thank you Tamsin for an amazing and most enjoyable four hours'

'Just a note to say how much I enjoyed the workshop and how much I learned - learning to draw doesn't seem impossible after all.'

'Tamsin makes you believe you can draw - and it seems we all can! Brilliant, thank you'

'Thank you so much Tamsin! I think you have just helped to open up a whole new avenue in my life!'

'Excellent tutor! This has been a great experience - I loved it and feel I have some inspiration to continue at home'

'Thank you for a most enjoyable afternoon - my confidence has had a big boost!'

'Thank you so much. Got so much for money spent, learned more than I have for years'

'A thoroughly enjoyable workshop - the best I have ever been to! Thank you so much Tamsin for what you have taught me today'

'A fantastic afternoon, friendly teacher, I'll be back again'

'A great way to boost drawing skills. Very encouraging, positive teaching'

'Tamsin is an excellent tutor, most generous with her knowledge and equipment'

'Really helpful, clear, productive instruction. Lovely, peaceful, relaxed atmosphere'

Browse the growing gallery of new artists' portraiture, from 'Learn to Draw' workshops on www.facebook.com/tamsindearingportraits and see what has been achieved by those who previously told me that they could not draw!

For more information about private tuition, drawing workshops or creative classes, contact Tamsin.