Sketching in the market in Olhao with Art in the Algarve


Having fun with mixed media on the rooftops at Art in the Algarve , Olhao


Flower painting in watercolour workshop in the studio at Effingham


Sketching at nearby Ranmore in the Surrey Hills for the landscape workshop.

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 Upcoming workshops page.

Art Holidays in 2019



New!! I am teaching at the lovely Coombe Farm Studios in Devon from July 21-26th 2019. for more details see their website


I teach at the wonderful Art in the Algarve art school in Olhao , Portugal. This September week is now fully booked, but I will be returning next September.


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


Creative Painting Adventures in Morocco!

I teach this wonderful weeks 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 fabulous 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 fantastic landscape to paint.

Suitable for everyone!

you can see details on Lara Harwoods website

September 2019 is fully booked – we are now taking bookings for April 2020- please enquire at We are also planning a new Moroccan adventure for September 2020 – watch this space!!




“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.’