Sarah Hedley

Sarah-Hedley1Sarah Hedley                      Art Tutor, Art Classes          and Portraiture

I am an artist and art tutor living and working in Coventry and Warwickshire. I teach art in groups and individually to students over 18.

I am currently taking portrait commissions and making handmade designer dolls. In the recent past I have worked as an artist in residence at Coventry University. I worked with students and on portrait commissions during my time there. I was also lead tutor for the Art Club at Coventry University. I have taught life drawing at Coventry University.  Before this, I worked for 13 years at Warwick University teaching art, sculpture, oil painting, watercolour, pastels and life drawing.

I studied Art Foundation at Coventry University and then an Illustration Degree at Manchester University. I worked in publishing for 13 years and had books published with Collins, Simon and Schuster and Hodder & Stoughton. I then went on to complete an MA in Fine Art and also a course in teaching adults.

I have taught for 17 years, 13 of those, at the University of Warwick and continue to paint, photograph, sculpt and exhibit.

I am now teaching private classes and individual tuition.

Below is a recent example of a commissioned portrait work:



See more of my work here:

Sarah Hedley Portraits



Drawing and Painting Class and Watercolour

 Beechwood Lawn Tennis Club, Earlsdon

Fridays  10 am-12 pm

Start dates for each term:

Summer Term 2018 Friday 4 May

10 weeks cost £75

Autumn Term 2018 Friday 7 September

14 week term cost £105

Spring Term 2019 Friday 4 January

10 week term cost £75

Summer Term 2019 Friday 3 May

10 week term cost £75

This class is open to beginners and advanced students.

During the sessions students can expect to have a set structure in the form of a course outline. As the tutor I demonstrate at the beginning of each session and give individual tuition for the rest of the time.

We cover subjects such as line drawing with an emphasis on accurate drawing and tonal work. We work in inks and shading work with pencil or pencil crayons. Colour mixing and accurate colour representation is encouraged, however, students are keen to experiment beyond basic realism and this is a welcome addition to our sessions. Students are not required to attend the demonstrations and can work on their own projects. All students will get some individual tuition from the tutor at every session. These groups are friendly and informative with a purposeful and creative intention.

for more information

contact the Tutor  – Sarah Hedley


 One students improvement in drawing shown here. Before and after tuition:


A colour mixing exercise:

Testimonials from students

“Sarah Hedley is a superb tutor making her job look effortless! She creates a very relaxed atmosphere which promotes creativity. Here expertise and generosity of tuition and patience are really amazing. More please!”  Katie Harwar

“Learning to draw and paint have brought a whole new dimension to my life. I thought I was observant before but my eyes have been opened.  For the first time I am developing a practical skill and I have seen it grow over the past few years. Art also brings people together as a group. The class is so supportive of each other. It can be frustration as you know what you want to do but cant always achieve it. A good teacher is worth her weight in gold.” Val Davies

Private Tuition

I teach on an individual basis according to the students requirements in the Coventry and Warwickshire area.

My tuition is based very much on what is required by the student and a given structure is established according to their needs. I can teach in oil painting, watercolour, inks, pencil crayon, pastels, charcoal and pencil and air dry and polymer sculpting. I will cover proportion, line drawing, tonal work and colour mixing from the primary palette also.

cost of tuition: 1 hour tuition at £30 per hour. I usually tutor at my home in Coventry but can travel to the student if that is required.

Testimonial from a student

“I have enjoyed 8 one-to-one drawing lessons with Sarah. Having no previous experience of drawing, I was really pleased with the drawings I did. Sarah is student-centred, she excels at drawing the best out of her students. I really liked how she drew the same scene next to me. This meant I didn’t feel she was watching me (no pressure) and since she was always a bit ahead of me, I had an idea of what I was aiming for. Sarah is very flexible, she can teach lots of different techniques and will draw the best out of you with only a few tips.” Sylvie

For further information:

Please contact the tutor,  Sarah Hedley,  at:


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4 thoughts on “Sarah Hedley”

  1. Hello Sarah,
    How inspiring is your site to a very despondent, recently redundant Art teacher. My dream is to write and illustrate books for children though did not have the opportunity to. Any advice from a successful practitioner such as yourself would be most appreciated.
    Kind regards.
    Sian Jones


    1. Sian! i hope you are now less despondent and also hope that I did send you some advice about writing and illustrating childrens books. If you would like to meet that might be good. However, I am trying to get into illustration work myself. I suggest you get a portfolio of work together of Illustrations that are your best work. Show how you can illustrate a range of subjects such as people animals interiors vehicles buildings landscape. I went to the London Book Fair there is a small corner of the fair devoted to childrens books. You could take your work around there. Any other queries please dont hesitate to ask. All the best. Let me know how you have got on. Sarah Hedley


  2. Hi Sarah
    I am interested in attending your watercolour class and would like to ask when your next courses starts please. I am away in June so maybe classes you are giving in the summertime.
    sally morgan


    1. HI Sally,

      I am sorry if I didn’t reply to you before. If you are interested in attending my art class on Fridays please feel free to come along for a trial session at the cost of £10. We are starting again on Friday May 5 at 10am, Beechwood Lawn Tennis Club Earlsdon. See the information on my site. We have a lively, friendly group of dedicated students who welcome new people. If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the very best

      Sarah Hedley
      ARt Tutor and ARtist.


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