Meet the ColourWheel team
Windsor & Maidenhead Branch
ColourWheel Partner, Windsor & Maidenhead
Rene is our ColourWheel Partner in Maidenhead and Windsor. Rene has enjoyed a rewarding career as a Food & Nutrition teacher in secondary schools for 24 years. She lives with her husband in Windsor, with her daughter now grown, she transitioned into adult education for a change of lifestyle. Rene who is originally from South Africa has travelled extensively, living in the US and Australia. A very creative person, she continues to teach cake decorating and sugar-craft classes. Rene enjoys meeting new people, she creates a sense of community within her classes, believing the social aspect of art class compliments the tuition to create the perfect environment for creativity and friendship. She looks forward to welcoming you to class.
ColourWheel Windsor & Maidenhead
Erica is a freelance illustrator, designer, artist and teacher. Erica is passionate about art, jewellery design, and visual communication. She has a PGCE in Art Education from Goldsmiths College and a BA (Hons) Illustration from Southampton Solent University. She has taught art in local schools for many years as well as teaching art to adults in various settings. Erica also facilitates workshops for clients such as The Tate and The Wellcome Trust. She is an author, her book Cutting Edge Fashion Illustration has been published both is the UK and US. Erica lives locally with her husband and pug Pedro. When not teaching in class, she works from her home studio creating illustrations and jewellery designs. Have a look at some of her art on these websites:
Inge du Plessis
Inge is a professional painter and enthusiastic teacher with 15 years teaching experience, including painting, life drawing, illustration for fashion design as well as art and design history. She completed her B.A. Hons. Degree in Fine Art and History of Art in Cape Town, after which she changed direction and became a qualified cabinet-maker, eventually starting her own furniture design business. Painting called her back however, and she has been painting and teaching art full time since 1999 working with people of all ages and abilities. She has had 3 solo exhibitions and many group shows, she was recently one of the finalists in an episode of Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year. Inge specialises in figurative, narrative oil painting.
ColourWheel Partner, Aylesbury
Steve is our Partner for the Butlers Cross daytime and evening class, he has a wealth of experience managing the teams delivering a first class customer service experience in often difficult situations. The move to ColourWheel is a breath of fresh air for him and allows him to work with his passion for art. As well as art, Steve has many hobbies and interests and he has recently completed an Open University degree in Humanities. He is a father of two and is very involved in the local community, serving on several committees that serve the local youth groups.
Teacher, Daytime Classes
Nina originally studied Art and Design in the UK before travelling to South Africa, where she worked as a graphic artist and silk-screen printing artist. She then started her own business painting murals for private homes, restaurants and schools, as well as selling her own commissioned paintings. After returning to the UK, she delivered her own creative workshops and has taught life drawing to GCSE students and adults in the community. Her own work is an eclectic mix influenced by her travels in different parts of the world. She is passionate about art and loves to inspire others into becoming new artists themselves!
Rebecca R.F. Ferreira
Teacher, Evening Classes
Rebecca is a professional artist, gaining her B.A Hons. Degree in Fine Art and Art History, at the University of Gloucestershire in 1998. Since then she has been exhibiting her art in the UK and abroad. Rebecca lived near Lisbon in Portugal for ten years before returning to Oxfordshire in 2014. She is a member of the Visual Arts Group and Bucks Open Studios, teaches art workshops to children and adults and holds art sessions as therapy to people who attend the Headway Centre in Aylesbury. Rebecca is an accomplished artist using a wide range of materials and techniques in her art and is inspired by plants and flowers, still-life, literature, music. She is also passionate about dogs and art therapy.
ColourWheel Partner, Romsey
We are delighted to welcome Heidi Zhou, our newest ColourWheel Partner. Heidi lives with her family in Romsey and her daytime and evening classes will be held locally. Heidi graduated from Portsmouth University with a BA in International Finance and Trade. She since met her husband and now has two children, aged 12 and 8. Prior to joining ColourWheel Heidi has experience of running her own restaurant business and is now very excited to be facing a new challenge. Along with her busy home life with her family Heidi loves to cook and tries to make time for sport. She has a love for art and her dream was to go to art school. Her practical side won the day but her creativity has never left her and she not only enjoys creating art herself but loves watching others grow and develop their skills.
Chris went to the Falmouth School of Art where he did a Foundation Course combining Fine Art including painting and printmaking. He then went on to Chichester, University of Sussex where he did his degree in Art and Related Arts gaining his BA Hons. Chris also has excellent teaching credentials where he took his teacher training PGC at Exeter University, and so is very well qualified to teach further education. He has spent the last 12 years teaching adults art. Whilst not teaching, Chris is an accomplished artist who exhibits nationally and sometimes abroad, including New York, San Francisco and Holland. He lives in Fareham with his partner, son and dog, a Jack Russel Border Terrier cross called Marwood. Chris now paints more landscapes, as he paints what he sees and he is out walking his dog and is inspired by what he sees around him. He loves to visit North Cornwall to paint. As a teacher Chris loves watching people develop and create their art, he takes pride in the work that they do and how they express themselves to go beyond what they would normally achieve.
ColourWheel Partner, Finchley
Simi is the newest member of our team and is excited to bring ColourWheel art classes to Finchley. Simi studied architecture, then worked with several architectural practices before retraining at the University of East London where she worked for her PGD/MSC in Land Management & Development after which she diversified into Housing Management. Simi has never lost her love of architecture and art. She is particularly interested in sculpture and abstract work. Simi’s love of education and personal development will bring an encouraging element to the classes and her warm personality and sense of humour will make sure our new students feel very welcome.
Choose from the morning, evening or afternoon classes
We are happy to answer any questions you may have but if you would like to see what the classes are like for yourself we can arrange for you to visit your local class, meet the teacher and other students and even join in for a lesson. Call us on 01628 676979 to find out more or book your place.