Sketching in the market in Olhao with Art in the Algarve

sketchbooks in the garden at Coombe Farm Studios
Painting on the terrace at the wonderful Kasbah Du Toubkal

An experienced and qualified tutor, Tessa has been teaching for over 25 years. As a textile lecturer she taught at St. Martins, Loughborough, UCA Farnham and the London College of Fashion.

For many years Tessa worked as a part time tutor in painting and is a visiting printmaking tutor at Ochre Print Studios. She also runs very popular courses and Summer workshops from her studio in an inspiring and creative environment, including watercolour and mixed media painting and simple printmaking,

Studio Workshops are held in my beautiful garden studio in Effingham, near Guildford, Surrey.

For details of the next workshops click on the Studio workshops page.

Art Holidays in 2020

Due to Covid 19 restrictions I have had many of my fairs and holidays rescheduled.


I teach at the marvellous Art in the Algarve art school in Olhao , Portugal. This year I will be there from 2-9th September.


This is a wonderful holiday – please see the website: for info and booking.


Creative Painting Adventures in Morocco!

I teach this fabulous holiday with my friend Lara Harwood, a successful illustrator. We take you sketching in the gardens, palaces and souks of Marrakesh, staying 3 nights in a gorgeous Riad in the medina, then we go up to the Atlas mountains and spend 4 days at the famous Kasbah du Toubkal, where we also have a studio to work in, and inspiring landscape to paint.

Suitable for everyone!

you can see details on Lara Harwoods website


We are also now booking for our fantastic NEW trip ‘From Kasbah to Coast ‘ from Friday 25th September – Sunday 4th October. This very special holiday will take you from Marrakesh to the High Atlas mountains down to the ancient city of Taroudant and a wonderful garden then up to the coastal town of Essaouira. As artists we will stop and sketch and share our experiences with plenty of time to learn from Lara and myself.


I am thrilled to announce I am now teaching a workshop in CANADA!! November 5-8th 2020, with more dates if required. This will be a three day course to learn the painted silkscreen monoprint technique I enjoy so much. I will be doing lots of demonstration and sharing tips and ideas for inspiration, it should be a stimulating and creative session. For details contact




“Tessa’s artistic expertise and boundless enthusiasm have energised all the classes and workshops I’ve been to.”  Phil

” Tessa’s workshops are brilliant.  They are well structured, supportive, and Tessa always encourages you to reach your full potential.  But best of all they always give you that feel good factor.  It is a fantastic way to relax, and you’ll come away with a great sense of achievement.”  Liz

” Tessa is always inspiring and motivating.  Everyone is made to feel welcome and we all have a good time.”  Jenny

below is my sketch painted on the beautiful island of Armona, which we visit during the ArtintheAlgarve painting holiday.

Tessa Pearson Armona beach study 1 2016

I received this lovely testimonial from a former student recently- it is very rewarding for me to know that I have made a difference!

I wanted to let you know that I visited Sunderland University yesterday and was accepted to start on a Fine Art degree (part-time) next September. I am very excited! I wanted to thank you because your encouragement, advice, guidance and warmth really set me off on the part to art. Your picture still hangs over our fire-place and both Kate and I often comment on how special it is, and I often find myself thinking of you and what you taught me.’