O U R  F O U N D E R 

Ellie Green - MA Ed, MPGCE, BA Hons MMFA  

A highly experienced Arts and Education specialist, Ellie has been teaching, lecturing, organising events and working in gallery education for over 10 years - working with major institutions including the IOE, the Southbank and the Whitechapel Gallery.  In July 2015, Ellie left the big smoke for the rolling hills of Surrey and in May 2016 founded Surrey Art School.

Ellie is a Print and Photography specialist with a Mixed Media Fine Art degree, MPGCE in Art and Design Education (11-18) and an MA Art and Design in Education. As founder of SAS, she curates the contemporary programme of classes, courses and pop-up events across Surrey.  She also teaches Sketchbook Club and numerous other Drawing, Print, Painting and analogue Photography courses and workshops.

Ellie’s background in Arts educational research through her MA Art in Education at the IOE, is core to the development of the SAS curriculum. Here, she has created her own model for Arts education, a creative sanctuary without hard assessment strategies - rather focusing on progression of learning through feedback and reflection. Over the three years leading Surrey Art School Ellie has gathered a team of creative experts - artist-teachers with a continuing developing artistic practice of their own as well as a passion for outstanding teaching.

‘ Leith Hill ’ Giclee Print 2019 /  A NEW VIEW 2019  / Denbies Wine Estate

Leith Hill’ Giclee Print 2019 / A NEW VIEW 2019 / Denbies Wine Estate

SAS Founder Ellie Green - the mind behind this new approach to arts education

SAS Founder Ellie Green - the mind behind this new approach to arts education

Having trained as a subject mentor for secondary Art and Design trainee teachers at Goldsmiths, Ellie guides her tutors to deliver lessons that are structured and meet the needs of all learners. This is coupled with a curriculum that not only offers opportunities to learn new skills, but to also provides a safe space to create and a selection of workshops with a meditative core and that can enhance our overall sense of well-being. Her mindful and therapeutic approach to learning fosters confidence through small, personal classes that are calm, meditative and reduce anxiety through practice.

This year, after many moons planning and organising creative opportunities for others, Ellie has finally found the time to return to her own practice and recently took part in a group exhibition of professional local artists at Denbies Wine Estate.

Ellie continues to be inspired by the stunning local landscape and the wonderful seasons of Surrey, both through her own practice and the SAS curriculum. Watch this space for her new website, shop and gallery coming soon and check out her team of amazingly talented local tutors below…

February 2019.

O U R  T U T O R S 

Abigail Lucy Bruford (BA MMFA) 

Abilu has been on the SAS team since it was first founded in the summer of 2016. An experienced artist-teacher (BA Mixed Media Fine Art, PCGE Art and Design) she founded her own business in 2006 and then went on to teach Art and Design in secondary education.

Now living near Dorking with her family, Abilu not only shares her passion for botanical casting with us here, she still runs a successful creative business of her own and you can see more of her own work here: www.abilucrations.com

Ebru Kocak MA Ebru Marbling


Ebru’s love affair with this incredible Art of Ebru marbling was almost preordained - as her given name is also Ebru. She studied and graduated with a Masters degree from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul -  and had the privilege of being taught by the wonderful Hikmet Barutçuǧil, one of the most inspirational living masters of the art of cloud painting

She now teaches this wonderful art-form at SAS - check out her Meeting with Ebru workshop - keen to share the benefits of this art-form on well-being. You can see more of her work here: Ebru with Ebru.

Jane Davies Watercolours


Jane is an international selling artist specialising in pet portraits. She lives and paints in the beautiful South Downs National Park, England with her husband and three dogs.

Although technically self-taught, Jane has a magical way of working with Watercolour and really is an expert in her field.

Jane began her teaching practice here at SAS and continues to deliver vibrant Watercolour Masterclasses inspired by the Surrey Hills. See more of her work at: www.janedavieswatercolours.co.uk

Janice Webb


Janice Webb is a Printed Textiles specialist with a focus on the use of traditional textile practices, using sustainable materials and production processes.

She holds an Honours Degree in Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors and has also taken many vocational courses including cyanotype printing, clothes making and natural printing and dyeing which she includes in her own textile practice.

Originally from London, and having spent many years living in north Surrey, she moved to Dorking in 2018 and now teaches on our regular Sketchbook Club Art Class as well as courses such as Learn to Draw.

Jo Hannah


Jo is a ceramic artist originally from Cheshire but now based in Surrey and proud mother of 3 teenage boys. Since childhood she has always been inspired by the natural landscape and nature. This love of nature feeds into her own work as an artist

Jo recently completed her Masters Degree in Ceramics at The University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. Jo has been a tutor at Surrey Art School for some time now and is the brain-child behind calming ceramic workshops such as our ever popular Mindful Pinch Pots workshop. She shares our belief that creativity is a path to well-being and enjoys helping people realise the creativity within them

Leanda Xavian


Leanda began her journey in calligraphy following a long career as a graphic designer both in London and Athens.

Her desire to move away from computer-based design led her to explore hand-lettering and calligraphy and in 2015 The Fine Letter Co. was established. Not only is Leanda passionate about teaching the art of beautiful writing to others, but she is continuously honing her craft by studying with master calligraphers. As well as teaching Modern Calligraphy and Brush Lettering at SAS, Leanda’s projects vary from private commissions to events with a client list including Burberry, Mappin & Webb, Bombay Gin, Ferrero Rocher, Molton Brown and Jo Malone

Paul Wye


Paul Wye (BA Fine Art, PGCE Further Ed, MA Visual Arts: Printmaking) considers himself both artist and educator, with his own practice encompassing a diverse range of techniques including printmaking, textiles and sculpture.

Being inclusive of both two and three dimensions, his approach to printmaking is to use it as a developmental tool as well as an artistic outcome in its own right - breaking away from some of the conventions of printmaking and allowing for a broader and more experimental perspective.

Paul brings this developmental approach to our newly founded Surrey Print Club as well as to the range of experimental workshops and day-courses he teaches at SAS.

Sarah North


Sarah North (BA) - Knitting Lover and Yarn Enthusiast.  Sarah came to knitting 5 years ago after a bout of ill health and an urge to return to creating something physical after pursuing a career in the digital arts. Since picking up the needles and being shown the basics by her mum she hasn't stopped and now considers it her mission to introduce as many people as possible to the benefits and joys of knitting.

Knitting is just as effective as meditation in its ability to clear the mind of all internal and external stressors. It enables us to be truly present in the moment and forget any anxiety about the past or future. 

Sarah's teaching style is relaxed with an emphasis on having fun and realizing nothing is wrong or bad, and that mistakes are the path to learning and inspiration. Check our her Instagram here.

Sarah Pimenta

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Sarah Pimenta aka Social Fabric is a highly experienced participatory artist with a reputation for managing and delivering unique, high quality participatory experiences for groups of people for all ages and backgrounds in education, community and corporate settings.She has an inclusive approach which means that everyone can take part and achieve regardless of ability.  Her passion & main methodology is print making in all its forms especially screen printing which she often combines with mark making, drawing, photography and photoshop.

Her workshops are fun and engaging whilst giving participants a challenging, educational, creative experience as well as a stunning outcome. This season you can catch Sarah’s Screen-printed Textiles workshop for adults or her family friendly Screen-printing workshop over the Easter break!

Susannah Bolton


Susannah is a practicing fine artist with a BA in fine art and drawing, who exhibits around the UK and internationally. She is a visiting practitioner at the University of Arts London, where she regularly returns to lecture.

 Susannah’s work centres around personal relationships to natural surroundings, and where echoes of landscape appear in daily life. Do you unload the washing machine to find the Glacier of Rosenlaui in cotton bedsheets? Linking domestic life and art is a brilliant way to embed creativity in everything you do - speak to Susannah about threading creative thinking and activity into your everyday

 Specialising in weaving and drawing, She’ll teach you about using line and colour both on the page and on the loom. Practical weaving support is available for both tapestry and shaft looms. Conceptual support is available for anyone looking for a sounding board for thoughts and ideas to progress their creative explorations. Susannah is the power behind our Weaving for Well-being workshops at SAS.

Ginny Farqhuar


Ginny Farquhar is a plant dyer,  and upcycled textile artist/maker who loves sharing her skills. She is an experienced sewing and community crafts tutor and is one half of the Farnham based sewing school, 'Alice and Ginny.' 

Ginny trained as a costume maker at Wimbledon school of Art and has enjoyed a varied career working in theatres across the UK. After having children she co-ran a business creating textiles gifts from recycled fabrics, exhibiting at Country Living and House and Garden fairs.  She has co-authored three books on sewing and craft and believes in the therapeutic power that making brings.

This season she’ll be hosting a variety of creative sessions, kicking off with a beautiful Mindful Paper Jewellery workshop in March 2019.

She shares snippets of her process and life at www.Instagram.com/Myrtle_Sweet or check out more on this truly inspirational creative here: www.sweetmyrtle.co.uk

Emily Hall


Emily Hall is a Ceramicist and basket-weaver from Carshalton.

She runs workshops in a variety of settings and her big passion is creative wellbeing for the elderly; she runs weekly sessions in care homes and hospitals in and around London.

When she gets the time she works from her little garden studio.

We’re delighted that Emily will be joining us this summer, sharing her love of basket weaving with a gorgeous foraged basket weaving workshop coming very soon!

See more of her work at www.emily-hall.co.uk 


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