Celebrating Inner Art in Reigate
 

It's been a real joy and absolute privilege to work with so many wonderful students at our art classes in Reigate throughout the years and see their individual journeys taking shape. The photo above is of Susan in her art studio. She started with Inner Art as a total novice and over two years flourished into an independent artist, converting her garage into her art studio, and was selected for The Little Painting Challenge too! There's been many special successes, including double Art scholarships, Brit School places, A level & GCSE results, art competitions, art portfolios and many more. But ultimately students' belief in themselves is our priority, and we know sometimes just gaining the confidence to share artwork with a friend can be an achievement in itself. 

Each art lesson we teach, we learn as much if not more than the students  - thank you all current and past students for being part of our developmental journey and keeping us forever learning! Thank you to the community groups we've had the pleasure to work with. And of course a special thank you to all the dedicated parents who support and encourage their children's appreciation of the creative arts on a daily basis.


I joined Calvin’s life drawing class last night and enjoyed it so much I came home and immediately booked his January class!

R.

Sarah's help has been invaluable in helping A., and the production of A.'s portfolio is down to her encouragement and inspiration.

H.

I loved my session with Jane thank you and the end result! I found it calming, peaceful and relaxing.

Becky

Can I just say how brilliant Calvin has been as a teacher - I have learned so much, made many mistakes but feel I have improved and can’t wait to continue practicing.

Clare

Joe is absolutely loving his lessons with Hannah. He’s been producing some amazing work, she is a wonderful tutor for him to work with!

M.

S. enjoyed her time with Aimee and found her style very reassuring which was exactly what I was looking for. A huge thank you to Aime for being so good with her.

Dad

Amie has done an amazing job and J. has enjoyed her time immensely, putting together her sketch book for her Art Scholarship application. Thank you for all your help and support.

Emma

I have loved improving my art skills with Katie Beth and Hannah from Inner Art tuition. I was returning to art after a long time away and Inner Art 1-2-1 sessions and life drawing really helped. Both Katie Beth and Hanna are exceptional teachers - patient, insightful and really make you find new ways to express yourself and release your potential. Very much recommend this fab team.

Louise McLoughlin

We absolutely loved it. I can't tell you the confidence it gave my daughter - she was walking on air yesterday afternoon. I was so proud of her picture too.

C. (mum)

Amie was fabulous. I was a bit unsure at first as to what we were going to do but the ink drawing was genius. I immediately went out after the lesson and bought a load of ink! She was also great to chat with. Had a fab time. More of this please!

G.

The learning new skills was great, but the most important thing was that it was friendly and encouraging.

Michael

Alison is not only very talented but very supportive and encouraging. I thoroughly enjoyed the art class and I'll be back - beware Alison!

Christine P

More lovely feedback today on I Wish I could Draw from Ruth "I can do things I never thought I could! Jane is superb :o)"
She gave me a gorgeous orchid on Tuesday and said I was one of those 'life changing people'".

Ruth

My daughter can get very anxious with teachers but you really wouldn't notice when with Hannah. She is amazing with her. Thank you so much. It gives my daughter something to look forward to each week.

Anonymous

M is really much more confident creating the pages following the work you did with her over the Summer and she even said her sketchbook has definitely improved using all your input - we’re so grateful for all your detailed planning, advice and creative teaching. M. got a 9 for her Summer assignments.

Mrs C.

"This is the only group/club/session we've tried that isn't specified as SEN, and they were so great with him. And he had such a lovely time. He went with his sister who has no learning needs and it's the only club they've been able to do together which was so lovely for them too."

L.

A. loved the session this morning; she found Sarah inspiring and very motivating.

Helen

We had a fabulous time, Jo-Anne was brilliant! She put us at ease and was very enthusiastic and encouraging of our ideas, helping us to understand how to execute them! We had a brilliant and busy 2 hours, focusing on the clay and moulding it into our creations! Will highly recommend to friends and come back!! Thank you for helping with my enquiries and booking. It was a perfect way to spend an inset day!

Ruth

I confidently recommend Inner Art - the work you guys do is amazing

Ellie, Surrey Art School owner

Thank you so much for the session at Inner Art. Amie was wonderful. Attentive, patient, knowledgeable and engaging. We all learned so much and all had a fantastic time. It was bliss actually, and the time flew! E. and P. got so much out of the session and their confidence has increased while doing something they both enjoy. I would love to return again with the girls.

B.

You guys are the best and changed my life.

N. Fieldhouse

Just a note to thank you for organising the Easter basket classes this week. Anna clearly had a wonderful time, and asked me this afternoon if she can go to Inner Art every day!

Michelle

Thank you so much for arranging my session with Amie and at short notice too. I had the most wonderful creative and relaxed time, much much needed!

Student

I wanted to let you know that C. really enjoyed the journaling workshop yesterday - thank you for arranging!

Parent of teen!

So lovely to meet you yesterday and enjoy your exciting new space. I absolutely loved the class and loved meeting Jo-Anne. As I said yesterday I think she was the perfect choice, so thank you.

Helen

I absolutely love Calvin’s teaching. I did 5 years at art college but Calvin has taught me so much that is new and helpful. I really feel like I improved in technique and confidence!

H.

Facilitating

Hannah

I saw Max’s painting of my mum and dad’s retriever on your Instagram earlier - I’m sure he had lots of help but thanks to you and your helpers so much for helping him to achieve this, I would never in a million years have known where to start. He was so pleased when I sent a screenshot to my parents and they called to tell him how proud they are of him.

Mum

Thank you for the clay modelling class yesterday - Phoebe really enjoyed it.

Mags

The place where children who like art can spread their wings. Very grateful especially to my daughter's tutor Amie for teaching lots of artistic techniques, giving lots of inspirations and having excellent pedagogical approach.

Beata

Just to say, there’s not enough people around that look to encourage kids and I saw with huge admiration that you encouraged the little girl to be brave. You’re a top lady!

Adrian

Hi, meant to say yesterday but Florence had the best morning yesterday with you. Thank you - it's her week highlight and as for that painting - wow! Have a good week xxx

Florence's Mum

Just have to say the lesson with Jane surpassed what I thought it would be. I would love to book another 2 hour session when Jane is available. I can't stop smiling!

Ann

I have been really enjoying my art lessons (drawing essentials) and the tutor is lovely, welcoming and encouraging to all levels.

N. Turrell

Just a quick note to say how much I learnt from the 5 sessions with you. They were very enjoyable indeed.

A.

Excellent! Thoughful advice, support and encouragement. Would recommend.

Mrs B.

Thank you so much for your time on the weekend. I thought your session was an enormous success and was really surprised by how calm, quiet and engaged the art group were when working with you. I look forward to potentially working with you again.

Rhian

Ella absolutely loved working with Jane and I think she will miss her very much. The effect she had on Ella was amazing - Jane is as you know such a lovely person as well as a very talented artist so I am so grateful to her for inspiring Ella with her Art and getting the grade she wanted at GCSE too.

L

Thank you Inner Art, especially my teacher Hannah, for making my time with you so enjoyable. I have learnt that I can do art. Hannah's patience, support and brilliant teaching have meant that I have achieved an amazing piece of artwork. Look forward to seeing you again in the New year.

Sam

Amy has been absolutely amazing with M. this term - art is the highlight of his week, I know he struggles with concentration but he has been really loving this term. Thanks so much for creating a space for him to do this.

M.

In Sofia's words when asked how the session went...

"It was amazing and I want to go back again!"

Sofia

They really loved their art lesson and were so proud of their paintings they both took them to school on Monday to show their class.

Parent of brothers

We absolutely loved it. I can't tell you the confidence it gave my daughter....she was walking on air yesterday afternoon. I was so proud of her picture too.

C. (mum)

We’re delighted to let you know that our children won the art scholarships they applied for. Both were thrilled to bits that all their hard work paid off. We are immensely grateful for the part that you played Hannah in encouraging them creatively. We will forever be thankful for the great times they spent in the studio with you.

Jill

Isabelle had a fantastic time - she has spent the afternoon working on more designs. We will definitely keep an eye out at inner art and she is desperate to do another one to one again - Sarah really inspired her and obviously pitched it just right. Thanks once again.

Cary

Colour pencil

Laura

Thank you Amy for the Animal Print workshop today. James really enjoyed it and learnt some cool techniques :)

Claire

Avani was very delighted with her artwork too and I must say Hannah is a wonderful teacher. Thank you so much!

Avani

A big thank you to Inner Art. I have attended three different classes they have been amazing the tuition and the help I received I could not fault. It has given me a new perspective on my art. I have learnt to create with charcoal chalk ink and recently acrylic.I would recommend these courses to any of you who want to spend time with new people in a friendly atmosphere under no pressure thank you once again to Jo for her encouragement in creating a finished piece of work. I am looking forward to starting a new course this spring.

Pat

My daughter is loving her art lessons with Amie and I can really see, not only her progress, but also how much enjoyment it brings

J.

My son started classes with with Inner Art for about a year now, private 1 to 1 biweekly and also attending the art club, He really enjoys it and I can honestly say it has really helped him. He loves art and looks forward to the classes each week. It has helped his mental health and is has got better and better with his art work, so not only really enjoyable but a massive benefit all round to his well being.

Tom

First thing N. said when we left the studio was, "that was a lot of fun!", so please pass on our thanks to Jo.

Dave

G. and I enjoyed our session with Jo-Anne and received some useful information and interesting ideas on how to take things forward.

Patricia

Sarah has been fantastic - so impressed with her natural teaching ability combined with warmth, image charisma and an undeniable passion for art!

K.

I just wanted to say thank you for the party last weekend. It went really well and Amy was great with them. All the children seemed to really enjoy it and we had 11 amazing ferret pictures, many of which I have heard from parents are up in pride of place! Thank you very much and I'd happily recommend to others.

H.

You are one of the most "super" humans that I know. Not only are you an amazing artist, you are an amazing mother and teacher too!
You are also so demure, a quality that I admire. Thank you for being a wonderful colleague.

Laura

E. and her friends had a great time! They were all very proud of their finished paintings.

C. (mum)

I just wanted to say a big thanks for M's clay workshop with Jo last week during half-term. She made a beautiful tiger which she was thrilled with and thoroughly enjoyed the session - please pass on our thanks to Jo who worked so hard to make it fun and interesting for her, teaching her lots about working with clay and how to form the different shapes etc. Thank you.

Charlotte

Inner Art is a beautifully serene place where my daughter is able to express herself creatively . She’s encouraged to try new things and expand her knowledge & interests, and is able to express her ideas and have an input into topics they work on in the classes. The club is the highlight of the week & she’s produced such beautiful work. Jo is a wonderful approachable tutor who clearly understands her young artists & brings out the best in them.

Jay

I have really enjoyed the life drawing course with Calvin. He’s an excellent teacher and I’ve learnt so much. I’d love to do another course!

Hannah

Amie - Thank you for all your help with Ella's art portfolio.

H.

F. came home with a huge smile on her face and announced that she needed to do her Art homework, which is probably a lifetime first for her.

J.

"Mum, I wish I could do this everyday..."

Joe

Joe was thrilled to be awarded artist of the week at school during art assessment week! Hannah is such a support and inspiration for his art development.

M. (mum)

Bethany had a really good time on Sunday, it was a great party!

Parent

My friend and I love your inner art classes :)

Robyn

Portfolio prep

Lucy W

Thank you for all the one to one lessons, portrait classes and the advice and time you gave to C. last year before her university portfolio submissions to art degree courses. She has heard back from all universities now, one rejection and 4 offers. To say we are both very happy is an understatement. The feedback has been very positive and they were very impressed with the high standard and diversity of her portfolio. C. and I both know that this is thanks to the help and time you gave her - it just made the whole process so much easier and she was more confident when submitting her portfolios to each university.

H.

To Ms Hooper, thank you so much!!! For all the advice you have given me over the past 2 years. You have always motivated me and inspired, even when I don't like my work (which is often!)

Emily

M. came out today and she genuinely was the happiest I’ve seen her in quite a while. Jo-Anne seems to already have given her confidence in her ability.

K. (mum)

M. enjoyed the session and talked about it on the way home - I could see that Jo-Anne's encouragement made him feel confident.

Mrs M.

Portfolio

Ella

Great life drawing workshop tonight. Really enjoyed it :)

Jo

M really enjoys her sessions and finds them extremely helpful (as do we, as it cuts down her time spent at home doing homework and she is very focused there, no distractions). We think Jo-Anne is a superb teacher, who has excellent suggestions for M. and is very positive and nurturing and helps her grow in confidence in her art ability.

K. (mum)

I just wanted to compliment Jo for her kindness as I was running behind picking up this afternoon. She was compassionate and supportive and I was very appreciative. S. has thoroughly enjoyed her art lessons and begun to open up with the others in class (this is a great reflection of yours and Jo’s leadership of including others!). Many thanks for providing healthy culture in your art school and for showing grace when parents run late!

E. (mum)

T. loves her classes. Amie is really good. We are very pleased with her.

Saj

My daughter has done art classes at Inner Art Tuition for several years now and she absolutely loves it. The tutors are so knowledgeable and really spur on her creativity. Each class is fun and varied and she’s learning and developing so much. The space is bright and beautiful and a real joy for them to work in. There’s lots on offer and I look forward to trying out some adult classes. For anyone looking for a Reigate art studio, I couldn’t recommend Inner Art Tuition highly enough!

Emma

The 'Portaits in Colour Pencil' course has been amazing! I have learnt so much and been genuinely surprised at the outcomes. I would definitely sign up again. Thank you, Alison, for your endless warmth, patience and inspiration.

Student

Katie has helped me achieve my art scholarship and helped inspire me for the portfolio which helped enormously, She also helped me see the small things in life and encourage me to persevere in painting when I wanted to stop. Thanks

Student

Jane is doing an amazing job. She has responded to everything we have thrown at her, and been a huge help to Alex for GCSE Art, please pass on our thanks as it has not been overly straightforward.

Alex's Mum

Thank you so much for the course today and my apologies for needing to leave. It was a great and informative session particularly the colour wash that I have never understood properly until today.

G

I've learnt so much from you like different brush techniques, how to use clay and how to do printing and much more. All this has made me a better artist. Thank you so much!

Young Student

Well done Grace and thank you Amie and Inner Art for all your professional guidance - Grace loves her time at the studio and I'm blown away by her work.

Student's Mum

The kids all had a great time so thanks very much to you & Jo-Anne. S. was very proud of her painting & the layers she had used to paint it.

Paul

Lucy had fun at her monster workshop yesterday, thank you to Sarah !

Jenny

M. had the best time at her art lesson - I’ve never seen her so confident and it’s something that she really struggles with.

Alison

Afua says she really enjoyed her session with Hannah. Her words exactly were: energetic, encouraging and supportive. She said Hannah has helped her realise how much she could expand the range of materials she uses. She has learned not to focus on the fine details to start but rather work her way towards the details. She used charcoal today for the first time (on paper). She was also amazed by how much ground was covered in just an hour. She’s looking forward to her next lesson.

Afua (mum)

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