Amanda Beck


Background: I am a Tutor and Artist working in and around Oxford. Since completing a Diploma in Art and Design at Ipswich Art School to graduating in Illustration at the Ruskin University Cambridge in 1992, I’ve had some wonderful and interesting creative opportunities; from working and exhibiting as the ‘Artist in Residence’ in a Suffolk Dance School, travelling through Portugal with my watercolours creating illustrations mainly in vineyard settings, to trekking through the Ecuadorian Rain Forest sketching the local people and wildlife as an illustrator for Friends of the Earth.


I’ve also enjoyed several years living and working as a tutor in Madrid where I attended ‘Círculo de Bellas Artes’ as a student, studying ‘Painting and Drawing the Figure’.  I have spent several years training and working in museums and now have the great pleasure of working as an Educational Session Leader for the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the world’s first university museum. My main focus throughout my work and my teaching is to share my enthusiasm for the creative process and the fulfilment that it can bring.


Teaching Experience: I have over 20 years of teaching experience in the Creative Arts and enjoy delivering workshops in a variety of media. Before moving to Oxfordshire in 2008, I ran a successful studio and workshop programme in Suffolk. As well as running my own courses, I delivered courses for children and adults at the local Arts Centre ‘The Cut’, and was contracted by Suffolk County Council as a Professional Tutor, providing evening art courses in mixed media. Since my time in Oxford, I have been part of the Ashmolean’s regular ‘What’s On’ programme where I run regular courses highlighting their world famous collections of Art and Archaeology.


‘As a professional artist, Amanda leads the group with experience and understanding. Through demonstrations and one-to-one teaching, she encourages students to find their own direction in their work. Both experienced painters and beginners will appreciate Amanda's warm, supportive approach.’ Chris Baines


 Who are my courses for?  I love teaching, and I design my courses so they are accessible for all abilities, adapting to students’ needs and encouraging them to develop their artistic skills at their own pace, all within a friendly and creative environment


What to expect?

  • A thorough introduction to the materials

  • Informative hand outs with step by step guidance

  • A short demonstration

  • Individual time to learn the techniques, and create your artwork with 1:1 tuition as and when you need it

  • Encouragement and advice for further study


I am delighted to be given the opportunity to deliver workshops at The Henley School of Art starting in 2017 and look forward to creating some appealing workshops for its new programme of events. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you on my courses.


Please visit my website to find out more about me, my work, commissions and to see what my students say with some examples of their work.