Mission and Vision
Artspiration offers structured lessons designed to take your child on an artistic journey from an early age of 5 years Our lessons and groups are age specific and are designed to achieve specific objectives individually and collectively provide a holistic approach to Drawing and Painting.We cannot stress enough on the value of the process of learning rather than aiming at making a finished and beautiful work solely. Problem solving, critical thinking, decision making, all form an integral part of this process.
Hemmed into our curriculum are Art History, Contemporary Art, Understanding of the Elements of Art, Exploration of various Visual Art forms, Styles, Techniques and Methods and the know how's to use a range of art materials effectively. We believe that right from an early age kids should be introduced to a variety of Art materials as more the tools more the possibilities and this would help your child Explore, Expand and Express well.
The well measured servings of inspiration, instruction and exploration opportunities that the children receive soon start guiding the children in their own self discovered paths. Our lessons are not limited to be an end in themselves, they are designed to extend beyond the classroom and open up inventiveness that keeps in stilling self learning in the long run.
Founder and Art Educator
Shalini Nayak has a Masters in Painting from the Boston University, USA. Her portfolio has also won her awards including the prestigious John Mitchell MFA Grant Award and the Gold Medal from Sir J.J.School of Arts, Mumbai. She has had several shows and her works are in collection world wide now. Since 2007 , Artspiration has been her Art Pursuit. More detail on her website- here
"Artspiration is the ultimate unison of my passion for Art and love to work with children. Their little brains are capable of such lovely imagination, it amazes me each time.
Our lessons are a fine balance of fun and learning, enough to keep them motivated, inspired, open and growing. Our course structure allows us to follow the discipline in a systematic way but also leaves scope for adaptation and changes in the interest of the children.
Artspiration will inspire, motivate, guide and give your budding artists the skills required to express better visually. Our endeavour is nothing less than providng the best Art experience to your child! and I am constantly working on that! "
With over 20years of event management experience, Julie has managed events throughout the UK and the world. After a career break to have a family, Julie went back to work as an event manager specialising in art events for families and companies.
Julie is delighted to be joining the Artspiration team and is looking forward to helping bring art to even more children.
Kate Legg graduated from Brighton University in 1999 where she studied Graphic Design. Since graduating Kate’s work focuses on experimenting with various materials including clay, wood, graphite, paints and metal.Kate is passionate about all ages engaging with the world of art in the past and what lies ahead
After school club leader
Shilpa has a Diploma in Painting and Drawing from The London Art College. She is also the Arts Award Adviser for Artspiration. '' I always wanted to be a part of an Art school that would mentor young talents and give them the freedom to express their thoughts through creativity. Artspiration has given me this opportunity to teach, share and at the same time, enhance my artistic knowledge."
Russell Bignold is an atelier trained professional portrait and figurative painter working in oils and a sculptor working in wax and terracotta. Russell was taught by the artist Nicholas Beer, the Senior Instructor from the Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy at the Sarum Studio of Fine Art, Salisbury, England.
Russell has had paintings pre-selected for exhibition by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Society of British Artists, the Collection Beaux-Arts Realiste and the BP Portrait Award.
Ollivia studied at UAL Chelsea School of Art before going on to complete a degree in Art History at The University Of Nottingham.
Since graduating in 2014 she has been developing her career as a fine artist studying portraiture ,working from her Buckinghamshire studio and teaching.
Selma Osborne has a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from Buckinhamshire New University. She is a practicing Fine Artist and have exhibited her work both in the UK and overseas.
She enjoys working with children, helping them to express their feelings, build their self-esteem, foster creativity, stimulate discussion and debate, open up minds to different perspectives and lead to career opportunities.
Nathalie Beauvillain Scott specializes in highly detailed portrait paintings of everyday people in everyday life. Her pictures of everyone from children to celebrities are recognised for their incredible likeness with her reputation for details resulting in her work being displayed in the National Portrait Gallery on many occasions.
Asya was born in Russia. Her lifetime interest has always been in Art and Design. She has a First Class Honours Degree in Interior Design and her main interests are figurative sculptures and relief paintings. Asya’s artworks are held in private collections across Russia and the UK.
Asya loves working with children. She believes that children have an endless imagination and a natural flair for creativity. With guidance, support and inspiration, they can thrive and grow.
After school club leader
Currently pursuing my Masters in Art History with Open University. Have previously completed courses with London Art College in digital illustration,watercolour and children's illustration. Been working with Artspiration since Jan 2016 in the after school Art Peeks and Summer workshops."
John Byrne has been a professional cartoonist, writer and live performer for over 20 years. A former tutor at the National Museum of Cartoon Art, London and currently the Cartoon Diploma tutor at London Art College, John’s ‘Learn Cartooning Live’’ show has been a big hit at festivals, schools and community events for over a decade.
Caroline was awarded a Distinction at Master’s Degree level in Fine Art and Design. She is a practising artist with many years teaching experience in one of the highest achieving schools in the U.K.
Caroline has a wide range of creative skills and works in schools as artist in residence. She prides herself in teaching/leading classes in a warm and friendly atmosphere where students can learn about new creative skills with lots of interaction and positive enthusiasm.
Subject: Mixed media
Subject: Portrait Paintings
Gordon Collett is an artist who further established as a muralist in 1995, specialising in the manipulation of apparent space by the use of original, hand-painted architectural trompe l’œil murals.Other notable aspects to Gordon’s work are oil on canvas portraiture, and pen and ink illustration work for Ex Libris designs for which he has an international reputation.
Subject: Pencil Drawing
Jonathan Newey is an award winning artist with over 20 years of experience in many different types of mediums and subjects including coloured pencil, watercolour and acrylic. He is well known in the coloured pencil artist community as one of the top coloured pencil wildlife artists in the country and is a founder member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society.
Subject: Egg Tempera
Lily Corbett is a painter who studied life drawing and painting with the visionary artist Cecil Collins from 1976 until 1989 and continues to teach his methods.. She completed her MA at The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, London in 2002 and has taught traditional painting techniques since 2003.
Inge Du Plessis
Subject: Oil Painting
Inge Du Plessis has a BA degree in Fine Arts, majoring in painting. She specialises in Oil paints and figurative Drawings. She believes in teaching on a very one to one basis and loves seeing people go from saying that they cannot draw the proverbial stick man, to making beautiful oil paintings!