Here you will find the latest news from Tamsin Dearing Fine Art, including exhibitions, events, drawing demonstrations and more.


Learn to Draw in Wembury, Devon

T.Dearing Wembury-Art-Group Learn-To-Draw Copyright 2015

T.Dearing Wembury-Draw Copyright 2015









I was fortunate enough to have been invited to visit Wembury Art Group to deliver a Learn to Draw workshop for their members. It was a great opportunity to spread the pencil word, meet a really lovely group of people, and to visit a very beautiful part of South Devon also.

The members of Wembury Art Group are all keen artists with varied life and art experience, and most of whom do little or no drawing typucally. As with most activities, we tend to stick with those we are most familiar and comfortable with, so I see the workshop as an opportunity to help change perceptions and experiences of drawing within a few hours. For me this is a delight as I get to share techniques and tips which either I or my students find useful, and to adapt what I know to the needs of the group that day. 

We all thoroughly enjoyed the time we had, and it was interesting that each of the artists chose the same picture to work from. As you will see in their gallery of work in progress pencil portriats here, everyone very much brought their own style and interpretation to their work, whilst all achieveing a strong likeness of the subject.

Here is what the Wembury Art Group had to say about their Learn to Draw day:

'Well structured - informative and incredibly enjoyable' 

'Friendly, helpful atmosphere, step by step approach and good tips.' 

'Wonderful morning, the four hours just flew. Excellent.'

'Very, very instructive and enjoyable'

'Just to say a big thank you from everyone at the workshop on Monday. We all felt we had achieved a lot even the most trepid were inspired. Your class was very informative, full of techniques and great fun.'


New Greetings Cards Designs Now Available

I am delighted to introduce a wide range of greetings cards, featuring original artworks in both pencil and pastel by myself. My most popular images are all available now as cards, to either keep for yourself or to share with friends and family. All of my cards are printed locally in Cornwall on heavyweight card, and are blank inside for your own message. Greetings cards are all individually wrapped and supplied with a white envelope.

All of my cards are just £2.00 each, and can be ordered by contacting me directly.

All designs can be found on the purchase page of this website, with details of which formats the images are available in, and also the image title to make for ease of ordering.

Tamsin Dearing Cards Copyright 2015



New Venue and Day for Roche's Weekly Class

The Roche Learn to Draw course is my longest running weekly group, well into it's third year now. Since it's beginning we met at the lovely Rest and Play cafe in the village, though sadly this venue has had to close and we will all miss our posh coffee and the ambience.

Roche advertI am happy to say though that the class has found a new home in the village thanks to Roche Learning Village Partnership, and we are now based in Tregeagle Suite at Roche CP School. We are all delighted to have found another excellnt quality venue within the village, as that consisitency for the local community is really important and we have always been very happy in this historic location. 

Along with the change of location, we have moved day as well so instead of the Wednesday gathering, we now meet on a Thursday, though still from 7 - 9pm. There have been some new artists join our happy group which is always a pleasure, and as a result this class is currently full. Though if you would like to know when there is a place available to learn to draw in Roche, get in touch and I will keep you up to date.


Painting in Pastels workshop

Tamsin Dearing Painting in Pastels workshopThe inaugeral Painting in Pastels workshop, exploring this colourful and responsive medium, was held at The Centre in Newlyn at the end of May.

Seven art enthusiasts with varying levels of experience attended, and explored together how to get the most out of the materials. It was a reallly fun session, with both lively conversation and quiet times whilst everyone became utterly absorbed in their art. With each student working at their own pace, peer support and tuition being on hand at all times, friendships were forged alongside abstract paintings and realistic studies being created.

Feedback from students included:

'As always - a most enjoyable workshop - relaxed and harmonius atmosphere. Light hearted, informative, professional and fun.'

'An informal and creative atmosphere in which to experiment. Amazing how my previous skills could be brought into the mix - helps to boost confidence. I am confident I can take this further thanks to Tamsin.'

'A Great workshop - very relaxed and friendly. The time just zoomed by. Pastels were a mystery! Now I can apply the new knowledge and confidently have a bash. Many thanks - I learnt so much.'

To see when the next opportunities are to join a pastels or drawing workshop, take a look at the Learn to Draw page.


Sketchbook Workshop in Gorran Haven

Sketchbook Workshop-Gorran Haven-May 2015This was the first of what will be many workshops specifically designed with young artists in mind. We had the pleasure of the company of twelve children whose ages ranged from seven through to early teens, each who each brought enthusiasm, and different skills and experiences to the group.

Together we explored a range of techniques, developed fundamental skills in shading and observation, practiced loosely sketching, and nurtured a sense of individuality in both our personal sources of inspiration and our individual styles.

The session was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by us all, and Trevor Hawkins and I are already planning the next workshop which due to popular demand will be fundamentals of sculpture in clay.

Spring Exhibition at Lander Gallery in Truro

The Spring exhibition at Lander Gallery in Truro now hads three brand new pieces of original art from me since the unprecedented success of my selling out of my original submssions!

I have been busily painting away to create more pastel pictures to add to my British wildlife range, and these were delivered to sit amongst all the other wonderful art there for the remainder of the show. Spring exhibition at Lander Gallery i running till the 30th May so if you are in the area, o go and enjoy a beautiful and varied collection of both contemporary arts and crafts, plus classics including work by Newlyn artists and John Opie.

 Lander Gallery Spring Tamsin Deraing Pastels Copyright 2015

Art8 - Newquay Arts Festival

Art8It has been a brilliant few days with the Art8 Festival now into it's fourth year, and ever evolving in response to the town and it's community. I had the good fortune to be given exhibition space with fellow artists Adam Remnant, Joy Dix and Paul Thomas at Trenance Cottages in Trenance Gardens, Newquay. All of Art8's plans for creative events in Newquay can be followed on their website

Surrounded by tulips, cherry blossom and waterways, it is an idyllic location and one with a great deal of history too. The cottages have been lovingly restored after many years of hard work by the local community - see more about their past and present here:

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Little Owl Tamsin Dearing copyright 2014Tibetan Shaman Copyright Tamsin Dearing 2015



Thanks to Art8 and being able to share my artwork with the public, I am delighted that two original pieces of art were sold. It is the most flattering thing when your art is enjoyed by another enough to be taken home and lived within their world, though there is always a little wrench as I have to say goodbye to pictures that I am ever so attached to also!

I hope that 'Little Owl' and 'Tibetan Shaman' make their new owners very happy for many years to come.



National Competition Win for St.Austell Society of Artists!

I am delighted to be a member of this thriving art society, and to have been a contributing member to the winning entry with The Society for All Artists' (SAA) Layflat Sketch Pad competition. In November 2014 St.Austell Society of Artists (SASA) applied to take part in the SAA's competition to collaboratively complete one of 50 layflat sketch pads with original artwork.

Once we found out we were one of the participating groups, the scheduling mission began, as over the coming three months spanning the Christmas and New Year period, we needed to get the book between 21 different artists who would each have just three days to complete their artwork with their subject and medium of choice before passing it on to the next person. One of our strengths as an art society of the sheer range of experience, expertise and artistic styles, as well as our mutual enthusiasm for creativity. In mid February, the book was completed and we were extremely proud of our achievement, so with fingers crossed we sent it off to the SAA for judging.

Imagine our surprise and delight when we received word that we had won the first prize! It was a wonderful way to move into the forty first year of SASA and served to encourage us all the more to keep doing what we do and to celebrate all things art. You can see all of the entered books and the artwork inside on the SAA's website in their excellent online gallery here:

You can find out more about St.Austell Society of Artists on our Facebook page

Our winning entry and my drawing 'Gentleman' featured in the SAA's Paint Magazine

SAA Paint SASA Win Tamsin Dearing 2015


Spring Exhibition at Lander Gallery, Truro

Tamsin Dearing Lander Gallery soldCopyright 2015

This show runs from the 25th April - 30th May at Lander Gallery, upstairs in Lemon Street Market, Truro, Cornwall. My series of British wildlife created in soft pastels as seen here, was selected to be amongst the local artwork on display.

I am delighted to say that within the first two weeks of the show, 'Red Squirrel', 'Puffin' and 'Kingfisher' and 'Nuthatch' have all found new homes!  'Red Squirrel' heading up to Northumberland, 'Puffin' is off to the Isles of Scilly and 'Kingfisher now lives in Yorkshire. Big thanks to Lander Gallery for showcasing my artwork, and even bigger thanks to those who have given my art a new place to live and be enjoyed. 

Now I am back at the drawing board busily creating the next works in my range of British wildlife studies to be shown in the second half of the Spring exhibition at Lander Gallery.


New - Children's Sketchbook Workshop

 GH Childrens Sketchbook Workshop Poster 9th May

This exciting Sketchbook Workshop is the first of its kind, and is developed and delivered by Trevor Hawkins and myself. It is in response to requests for drawing workshops specifically for children.

It will be a fun packed morning, designed to encourge creative confidence and to equip the children with a wide range of skills and technques which they can use to explore their ideas and express themselves through their art.

By learning fundamental skills both from professional artists and from their peers, it will help them to explore different illustration and design techniques, as they find what works best for them.