Claire Frances Smith is a practising fine artist and founder of Art Academy East. Claire delivers a carefully designed step by step program that starts with the core basics of paint handling then colour mixing, good drawing skills, working with tones, creating mood and atmosphere working towards eventually exhibiting work. Claire has experience in teaching complete beginners and taking them through to becoming professional, exhibiting independent artists. She is a knowledgeable and patient tutor with a wealth of experience of the commercial art world, publishing and art sales. Students are supported in their learning with demonstrations, achievable projects and opportunities to take part in exhibitions, events and shows.
As a talented printmaker and painter, Louise has worked with groups of often socially excluded people of all ages to use creativity and art as a means for expression. Projects she has worked on include: Action for Children and the Victoria & Albert Museum, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS foundation trust, Greyfriars Artspace, Kings Lynn, First Focus, Fakenham and South Norfolk District council.
She is experienced with teaching learners with a variety of needs and can deliver a diverse range of Arts practices, enabling students to express themselves creatively. ‘I strive to make my courses and art workshops engaging and accessible to all, offering painting, printmaking, photography and mixed media’.
George Collier has experience in traditional drawing and painting with acrylics. After completing formal art training at Art Academy East, George became a member of the team working with the younger learners. He offers a calm and patient approach mixed with natural abilities and skills. ‘My inspiration comes from the Impressionists who turned their gaze to the beauty of everyday life, which really appeals to me. There is so much colour to see in shaded woods or rainy days most people would like to forget about.’