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Cathy Barnard-Patel - owner and director of the Art and Design Studio

Hello, I'm Cathy Barnard-Patel, the founder of the Art and Design Studio. I love teaching art and design to adults, focusing on giving students the knowledge and confidence to carry on by themselves.                                               

I trained as an architect, earning an honours degree in Architecture, then changed track and went travelling for 18 months to Australia and San Francisco. Upon returning, I went into retail design and space planning for 13 years before venturing into art and design lecturing. I am an experienced tutor in Interior Design and various art and design courses, with over 23 years in education.

I am also a print maker, have exhibited in numerous places, 
and sell framed artwork and cards. I love experimenting with print, and exploring different techniques. 
Carving the lino is very therapeutic, especially when accompanied by a large glass of red wine...

Art is for everyone - you just need to find the medium that suits you best!


Jacky Wright, art tutor at the Art and Design Studio

Hello, I'm Jacky Wright.       

After an initial career in the fashion industry, I discovered the very rewarding job of teaching recreational Art to Adults of all ages. Degree and PGCE educated, I spent twelve years at both Chelmsford and Writtle Colleges, before leaving to run my own Village Art School, eleven years ago, at my studio in East Hanningfield.


Now semi retired, I am looking forward to teaching a few tried and tested short courses at the Art and Design Studio, Great Waltham, with Cathy, who is a long time friend and ex colleague. I will be bringing skills in Oil, Acrylic and Watercolour Painting, Inks, Pastels and drawing. Each lesson will usually involve at least two of these as well as the background information on surfaces, brushes and mediums.


I welcome a class of mixed abilities, you’ll be amazed at what you can each achieve!

Tamsin,  art tutor at the Art and Design Studio

Hello, I’m Tamsin Bartlett.

Creativity is what keeps me going and I love to help students access their own creativity. I have a foundation degree in digital design, a 1st class degree in Contemporary Art & Design and an MA in Art & Design.


I started my career as an art-worker for a print company in the music industry where I worked for over 10 years. Later I became a professional photographer.


The last 6 years I have been teaching young adults art and design and photography.

I continue to learn new skills that I can use in my own art practice, I love anything to do with Portraiture in any medium but most recently in augmented reality, my work has been shown nationally and internationally.


Cathy, Sam and I all worked together teaching art and design courses at Writtle University College.


Let’s release your creativity together!


Hello, I’m Samantha Humphreys, a multi media Artist based in Essex. For the last few years I taught art on creative courses at Writtle University College. I am an experienced lead artist and show my work nationally and internationally. 

I have a love of printing, particularly with natural materials, having a fondness for cyanotypes and eco printing. 


My own art is motivated by memory, variations to the state of mind and the conscious and unconscious blurring of the line between work and play. More recently, I have focused on the subject of wellbeing and I believe that creativity is a powerful force in making both the individual and community stronger. 

I met Cathy during her time in formal education and have known Tamsin since we were teenagers. All of us share a love of sharing skills and knowledge.

‘As soon as you make a piece of art, you’re an artist.’

– Michael Craig-Martin

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