Private Art Tuition






Anthony Tyley has been teaching traditional drawing and painting skills since 1997, after studying at the City and Guilds of London Art School from 1991 to 1994. For his final year dissertation, "Basic Training", Anthony researched the teaching methods of Professor Henry Tonks at the Slade School of Art in London in the early 1900's. Anthony became convinced that drawing could still be taught using the methods not only of Tonks, but also of the Northern European tradition starting from Leonardo Da Vinci.

The parallels with other disciplines such as music are close: if the basic grammar and structures are well taught, the student can go on to master the subject, and express, and communicate, his or her own ideas with fluency and subtlety.

No special talent is needed: Anthony has now shown that students from 9 upwards are quite capable of mastering observational drawing and painting to a high standard in a surprisingly short time. In the Netherlands at the time of Rembrandt, "leerkinderen" - child apprentices - started in the Master's studio at the age of 9, grinding colours and drawing from the plaster cast. At the end of the apprenticeship, at 16, the young artists were capable of elaborate portrait paintings and figure compositions.




Still life in charcoal by T. P., age 11, A2



                                      Copy of ""Self - Portrait with Pipe" by Gustave Courbet, by T.P, age 11, A2



Study sheet of quick drawings by T.P, age 13, A2


Museum drawing from the cast by T. P, age13, A3



After acquiring basic skills in drawing using pencil and charcoal, colour is studied using Winsor & Newton "Artisan" water mixable oil paint on MDF panels. A simple, logical system of handling the paint on the palette removes all the guesswork from colour mixing. Tonal exercises, using a six - colour system lead on rapidly to still life work, bringing together the earlier drawing experiences with the medium of paint.



Still life, oils on panel, 29cm x 38cm by Elaine Sanderson, age 11.


Having gained some basic traditional skills through set exercises, and copying from old master drawings and paintings, children very often begin to create their own personal drawings and paintings. This work can appear spontaneously, as no pressure is brought upon the student - however carrying a personal sketchbook is encouraged.



Sketchbook drawing "Sunshade" by A. F., age 11.


"Sleeping Woodland Heligan." Watercolour by S. R - H. age 11.


GCSE 10 - hour still life by V.H., age 15.




"Dad with Hat", by Victoria Heald, age 14.

Oils on canvas, 30 x 22 ins, 2003.


Victoria achieved full marks in "A" level art at St. Mary's School, Cambridge, then gained Distinction at

Camberwell School of Art, London on the Arts Foundation course.

Currently, Victoria is in her final year at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.

On Friday, 24th June 2011 Victoria Heald achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art


Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.


"We have been so appreciative of all your own research which you so channel so selflessly into your teaching. Timothy is the beneficiary of such a rich, neglected heritage which has enriched his own mental world, as well, of course, as having significantly developed his artistic skills and technique." Mrs J. P., former teacher.


"Thank you so much for all the guidance, encouragement and support you have given C. As you know, he feels very frustrated with his school teacher's attitude towards his work, he would have probably have given up art if it had not been for your encouragement!"  Mrs M. B.


"Thank you for your interest in Ian's work; he is very excited about his forthcoming lesson

and, we hope, further lessons as well. We have been to (two) schools this week, and I can't tell you how helpful you have been in helping us assess the art departments." Mrs J. S.


In March 2010 Anthony's tuition with Ian S. age 11 (please see his mother's comments above) bore fruit with a successful Art Scholarship application to Uppingham School.

Anthony has taught at Homerton College, Cambridge, Wysing Arts, Bourn, Comberton Village College, and Dry Drayton C/E Primary School, Cambridge. Private students include young and adult artists from Bedford, Cambridge, London, Royal Leamington Spa and Rushden, Northants.

"Thank you for a wonderful ‘taster’ session on Saturday.  Nathanael was ‘buzzing’ for the rest of the weekend and cannot wait to get started.  Needless to say the easel is now set up in his play room, having been adjusted for height and light etc!"  Mrs C.R., May 2010.

"Thank you very much for such an inspiring introductory lesson yesterday. I know E.(age 8) felt a bit anxious before starting but was thoroughly reassured by your gentle, encouraging approach and the fantastic examples of your pupils' progress. She would like to come back for more lessons and I was wondering if we could arrange for her to begin a course of drawing lessons possibly starting from next week." Mrs A. C., Cambridge, August 2010.

" I went to the parent's consultation this Monday and had a very friendly talk with the art teacher. She said that Lily was the one who stood out from the others, which again proved Lily's potential in art. Many thanks for all your guidance and encouragement." Mrs C. T.,  March 12th, 2011.



For details of private tuition for adults and children, including a conversion course from watercolours to oils, please contact Anthony Tyley on:

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