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Art and science are equal passions of mine, and both of those disciplines demand a lot of dedication if you want to do them well. When I left school I did the sensible thing and studied for a Chemistry degree, after which came more qualifications and periods in schools and industry. I had a good career in Science, but I'd spent a lot of time creating as a child, and the art itch never went away. As an adult I spent every spare moment in the shed experimenting with art materials and techniques, and as the years passed the work amounted to a sizeable pile. So one day, when my children were at secondary school, I put the best of the work in a portfolio and presented myself for an interview at art school.

Three years later, to my amazement, I graduated as an artist. 

Then came a studio, soon followed by the realisation that it's not easy to make a living from art, so to help pay the rent I put up a notice offering art lessons. Three students turned up, and The Art Parlour was born. I'm delighted to say that after eleven colourful years I am still teaching art to wonderful students of all ages and stages who, like me, just love to create. It's been the biggest privilege to share their creative journeys. They've taught me so much.


2011 BA Fine Art, First Class, BCU

2010 Dip HE Fine Art, Warwickshire School of Art

1990 MSc Information Studies, Loughborough University

1987 PGCE Warwick University

1986 BSc (Hons) Chemistry, Imperial College, London


Kate has taught art privately and in schools to students of all ages from 4 to 86. The Art Parlour has run adult art classes in and around Ilmington in the North Cotswolds for over a decade, most recently moving to online workshops. Kate has acted as a mentor to students applying to art colleges, and has delivered leisure lessons to younger children at home and in educational settings. She holds an enhanced DBS Certificate.

Kate continues to teach Science to GCSE and Chemistry to A level. For information please leave a message via the contact form.

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