• Brilliant buildings

    Illustration

  • Monsters and Aliens

    Creative, Illustration

  • Rare Species

    Creative, Fine Art, Illustration

  • Crazy creatures

    Creative, Illustration

  • Amazing mazes, maps and puzzles

    Creative, Illustration, Magazine

  • Wicked wheels

    Creative, Illustration

  • Giant Music Prints

    Creative, Illustration, music history, northern soul, reggae

  • Funny folk

    Creative, Illustration

Gemma Hastilow

Illustrator Extraordinaire

I am a Cotswolds based illustrator and art tutor. I have been freelance since 2005, working for countless clients including The National Trust, Scholastic, Oxford University Press, HarperCollins, Hachette, Horrible Science Magazine and Galt Toys.

I love being outside and the natural world is a big part of my life, so I love living and working in the heart of the Cotswolds, in Winchcombe, near Cheltenham.

I’ve loved to draw for as long as I can remember. At school I would illustrate everything, whatever the subject. From chemistry diagrams to trigonometry triangles, I would always focus on the pictures. I was born to be an illustrator!

I also teach beginners drawing, life drawing, watercolours and printmaking and get out and about doing events and workshops at schools and festivals.

Please get in touch if you’d like more information on classes or would like to chat about possible commissions or workshops. I’m always happy to help and would love to hear from you.

Art Classes

I believe that anyone can learn to draw and teach in a friendly, relaxed way. My emphasis is on the effect on our wellbeing that creating art brings and I often use the natural world as our inspiration in my classes. Absolute beginners are more than welcome. Please see details below and get in touch if you would like more information. Taster sessions for all of my classes are available and make the ideal gift!

BEGINNERS DRAWING

winchcombe – tuesday afternoons 1.30pm – 3.30pm

bishops Cleeve – Tuesday Evenings 7pm – 9pm

This class is for anyone that would like to learn how to draw but is worried they would be intimidated by a regular class.  Even if you haven’t picked up a pencil for years I can help you to find your hidden creative talent.

I cover all of the basics; line, shading, capturing light and texture, composition, using colour, perspective, portraiture, landscape and still life. The list goes on and on. This is a friendly, relaxed class and we even venture out to draw the beautiful Cotswold landscape and architecture in Winchcombe on warmer days.

£100 per 6 week term, all materials included.

Tuesday afternoons 1.30pm -3.30pm at The Cleeve Room, Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane, Winchcombe, GL54 5PR

Tuesday evenings 7pm – 9pm at The Tithe Barn, Cheltenham Road, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 8LU

WATERCOLOUR FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

winchcombe – friday mornings 10am – 12pm

Are you keen to try your hand at painting with watercolours but unsure where to start? This course will cover everything you need to know, starting with the basics and gradually progressing to experimental and contemporary techniques.

We will cover paper, brushes, painting techniques, using colour, composition and draw our inspiration from several different sources with an emphasis on nature and the landscape.

This course is suitable for beginners or those wishing to improve their existing skills.

£110 per 6 week term, all materials included.

Winchcombe Class 10am – 12pm on Fridays at The Cleeve Room, Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane, Winchcombe, GL54 5PR

MOnthly saturday LIFE AND PORTRAIT DRAWING WORKSHOP – details for next session coming soon

Explore the challenging task of drawing a model from life. This workshop is open to all abilities with tuition available. The day is split into 2 sessions, with life drawing in the morning from 10am – 12pm and a portrait session in the afternoon from 1pm – 3pm. Materials and refreshments provided. At The Cleeve Room, Abbey Fields Community Centre, Winchcombe, Glos., GL54 5QH. Both sessions – £35. One session £20.

DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS – ONLINE CLASS

This is a virtual class for beginners but it is suitable for any ability. I cover the basics and fundamentals of drawing. It requires a basic list of materials which are easy and inexpensive to obtain. I offer support by email, phone or text. I individually critique each  students’ work by email. £65 per 6 week term.

WATERCOLOUR FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS – ONLINE CLASS

Are you keen to try your hand at painting with watercolours but unsure where to start? This course covers everything you need to know, starting with the basics and gradually progressing to experimental and contemporary techniques. It covers paper, brushes, painting techniques, using colour, composition and we draw our inspiration from several different sources with an emphasis on nature and the landscape. Suitable for beginners or those wishing to improve their existing skills.

This course requires a list of materials which are easy to obtain. I am available to offer support by email, phone or text. I individually critique each students’ work by email. £65 per 6 week term.

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Gemma Hastilow
Winchcombe
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire

07813 062003

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