I run regular mixed-media painting classes in the SouthEast of England and East Sussex, and am available to give painting demonstrations, workshops or take critiques for other established Art Groups and Societies in these areas. I am also happy to travel further afield if wished, but will need to cover the additional travel costs incurred. 


I am also available as a tutor on residential painting holidays.


I can offer one to one, private sessions in your own home providing the distance isn't too great. One to one tuition is a great way to learn, you get undivided attention and encouragement to work at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere. Please give me a call to enquire further.


Art classes

All classes are fun, informal and designed to give group and individual tuition with demonstrations throughout.

I try to design the courses to be as varied as possible covering a wide variety of subjects, styles, mediums and techniques.


Step by step demonstrations show essential techniques in; watercolour, acrylic, mixed-media, gouache, pastel, drawing, line and wash, pen and ink, charcoal etc and cover subjects such as; landscape, seascapes and water, coastal and maritime, animals, wildlife, figures and portraits, still life, flowers and gardens, wild flowers, trees and foliage, portrait, pet portrait, townscapes and perspective, abstract and collage.


Come along, learn some new techniques and be creative!

Weekly classes starting this autumn.

After such a long enforced break I am really looking forward to classes starting again this October. It will be a slightly new experience this time round with many safety measures in place to minimise risk. Classes for instance, will be much smaller to adhere to social distancing, with a one way system implemented where appropriate and all surfaces and areas of general use will be sanitised before and after each lesson. I'm really hoping you can join me, it feels like it's been a very long time!

Classes are mainly aimed at improvers but all levels are welcome and are held at:

Tunbridge Wells - The Stables Frant TN3 9DX.
Mon - 2.00-4.15pm £17.50 per lesson starting 5th October 2020
Wed - 2.00-4.15pm £17.50 per lesson starting 7th October 2020

Tonbridge - The Methodist Church, Higham Lane, Tonbridge, TN10 4JG
Wed - 10.15am-12.30pm £18 per lesson starting 7th October 2020

Staged demonstrations are painted alongside you so you can see how a painting might be built up, hopefully inspiring you to use the many tips and techniques in your own work.

Fortnightly classes starting this autumn.
Classes are mainly aimed at improvers but all levels are welcome and are held at:


Bexhill - Little Common Methodist Church, East Sussex TN39 4SG
Friday - 10.00-2.00pm starting 9thth October 2020
Cost: £33.00 per lesson

Bookings are being taken now and numbers are limited, especially at this time. So if you’d like to join one of the above classes please contact me as soon as possible.


"I have known Michele Illing for 2 years and have attended one of her weekly 2 hour classes, over that time.

Michele has proven to be fountain of knowledge in the use of all media and she sets a challenging assignment each week, to stretch all of us. Her watercolour challenges are both bold and delicate and show a great command of this medium.

Her teaching style is, to start with a fluid competent demonstration, which instills confidence in us all, which she then follows up with individual tuition throughout the lesson. She will often take a break from the subject to demonstrate a technique, or a 'trick of the trade', from a professional point.

I have been to other classes, but never felt I was being challenged as I am with Michele.

Michele has had a number of exhibitions over the years, where I have seen and admired her work before attending her classes. 

I wholeheartedly recommend her as a tutor and professional artist."

Yours sincerely,

Heather Renouf

"I have been a pupil of Michele's for the past twelve years, initially in an art class for 'beginners watercolour'. As a retired Geography
teacher, I was keen to put colour onto my drawings. I could not have chosen a better tutor. From the beginning, she guided the class through the properties of the medium and allowed us to experiment with challenging topics and effects, supporting as we went along. Always well prepared with several examples of the work in various stages of completion, she would then proceed to take the class through the painting, demonstrating the processes. Later, the class moved on to other mediums and we are gently encouraged to develop our own style and interpretation.
Michele's approach is calm and positive, always there to advise and coax one into finding the way forward, without taking over. Her references often take one out of the 'comfort zone', which is the very reason the students in her classes have been so loyal, challenging, kind and positive in her consideration of the work, she would be an asset to any organisation. Her own skills in art need no explanation, I feel privileged to be a student of hers."
Halina Martin .

white rose watercolour
white rose watercolour

country walk watercolour
country walk watercolour

Tiger watercolour inks
Tiger watercolour inks

white rose watercolour
white rose watercolour