"Cathy combines the essence of form, composition and emotions in her approach to imaginative workshops introducing the students to an exciting array of artistic styles.
Her enthusiasm, encouragement and support to experiment, explore and challenge the artist leads to exciting and original work captured in the moment."
"Cathy Bird is a truly inspirational and talented artist and teacher. She has mastered the ability of being able to judge exactly how much guidance is needed and enables both adults and children to find their own direction and style. I have learnt and continue to learn so much from her."
Thank you Cathy."
"Cathy Bird is an exceptionally gifted artist whose skill and knowledge are evident. One
only has to look at her paintings - wonderfully atmospheric, but the subject always captured
perfectly - she is a skilled portraitist, which I think is indicative of a great talent.
As for her art classes, she has a uniquely relaxed (but very positive and encouraging)
approach to teaching. She lets you get on with it, but is there to help whenever you ask. She
therefore spends most of the session helping one or other of the aspiring artists with whatever
they are painting or drawing. The atmosphere during the art class is wonderful - I have
thoroughly enjoyed myself, feel totally inspired to paint more, and have recommended Cathy
Bird's courses to all of my artistically inclined friends. (My son goes to one of her children's
art classes as well and he loves it too!)"
"Cathy’s art sessions, for me are just perfect. It’s the only time in my busy weekly schedule that I
can switch off and have some ‘me’ time. Her teaching method is exactly what I need, as she directs
and works with your own creativity. She does not tell you what you should be doing, but asks you
to look at your work and to suggest ways of improvement. She also, is happy to show you specific
techniques when dealing with different mediums, like watercolour or gouache or to achieve
specific effects. It’s also great to see other students work and progress as we also learn and pick up
techniques from each other, it always amazes me the good quality work I see from us all at the end
of each session."
"Cathy is an inspirational teacher. She sees the good in everyone's work, whilst offering advice on technique which really makes a huge difference, turning the mediocre into the marvelous.
The classes take place in a relaxed environment where students are encouraged to express themselves to maximum effect."
" I can't believe I have only just discovered Cathy's classes and I really wish I had found her many years ago. Her positive, encouraging but open approach allows creativity and produces an environment that enables each artist to discover their own style. We all blossom under her expert eye"
"Cathy is an inspirational teacher with endless patience. My confidence has grown enormously and I look forward to her lessons all week. "
"Having moved to Sevenoaks from Singapore where I was learning oil painting, I was in
desperate need of a similar art group so that I could continue with my learning. After a few
months of search I found Cathy Bird through the Sevenoaks Art Club.
From her website, I liked what I saw in Cathy's own work and I thought why not try the
classes. Although Cathy has vast experience in teaching art and deep knowledge of art, she
is not intimidating. She has a softly, softly style that is encouraging and yet firm in guiding a
novice painter like me to create good works. And because of her own relaxed style, she has
nurtured an art group that is welcoming and fun to paint with. Also, the studio is just so "arty"
a little of this and that all in an organised mess within a farm barn setting!
No more Monday blues because of Cathy and the group. The group has indeed added to help me settle in a strange land."