After graduating from The London College of Printing in 1996 with a degree in Graphics & Media I worked for a Design agency for two years before answering the call of teaching.
In 1998 I left my job to train as a teacher at Brighton University and graduated with my PGCE in Secondary Art & Design in 1999. I have been teaching ever since!
I started Welcome to the Drawing Room in 2012 with the aim of bringing accessible and relaxed art classes to the local area, where like-minded people could meet up and just enjoy being creative without the pressure of exams.
Woldingham Village was my home whilst growing up - so was the perfect choice when deciding on a location. The Village Club welcomed the group in January 2013 which is when I also decided to offer a Wednesday watercolour session. October 2013 saw the introduction of the 'Just Drawing' class. The aim of this class was to look solely at drawing and improving techniques whilst experimenting in a range of drawing styles and media.
In order to meet a growing demand, 2016 saw a futher watercolour class added. 2016 has also given me the opportunity to exhibit some of my paintings at my local Gallery in Caterham. This has also spurred me on to create a sister website TraceyBengeyfieldArt.com where I sell both original artwork and prints to a wider audience.
In recent years I have become a Professional Associate member of the SAA - Society for All Artists which means students can benefit from membership, offers and deals. In 2016 all the classes joined together to create a collaborative piece which we submitted to the SAA world record challenge for the worlds largest artwork. We are proud at Welcome to the Drawing Room to be part of this successful world record!
I have a keen interest in all things creative and love to experiment with new materials and techniques.I hope that through my classes you too will enjoy learning and creating in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. I believe that even if you find drawing challenging you will improve within a supportive environment just by enjoying the process of creating.
I look forwards to meeting you!