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Welcome to Cora Martin Art

Cora runs painting classes locally in Guildford Surrey, and has a variety of works for sale.
If you would like to know more about art lessons or would like to purchase original paintings or prints, then please follow the links below:

Enquire about a lesson
Portfolio
How to purchase art

“Just remain in the center, watching. And then forget that you are there.”

Lao-Tzu

Art Holiday in France – June 21- July 5th 2017

In addition to art lessons in Guildford, Surrey, Cora Martin also offers art holidays in a beautiful chateau near Toulouse in the South of France. Please see more details here.

Cora Martin Art – Tel: +44 (0)1483 535865 – Mb: +44(0)7958727460  Email: cora@coramartinart.com

A bit about Cora Martin and how she works…

Cora Martin is an artist who has been teaching painting and drawing in Guildford since July 2011. She uses a variety of materials such as water colours, oils, mixed media with pastels, inks, acrylics and a wide variety of drawing materials (charcoal, conte, pencils, graphite, etc).

Cora studied fine art at The Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Holland and her work is exhibited regularly at The Guildford House Gallery. She is a full exhibiting member of The Guildford Art Society and has exhibited in south west London and Amsterdam. You can see examples of her paintings on the portfolio page.

The art classes are kept small which allows her to give every student the guidance they need or if preferred tuition can be one to one. Cora teaches all age groups and abilities. Her teaching is adjusted to each students capacity and even if you have never picked up a painting brush in your life, you could be surprised how much you can learn with the right guidance.

Her background is classical as well as modern and she will be able to instruct you how to use a wide range of materials in different ways i.e. water colours can be used in the pure classical way or they can be used in a more experimental and contemporary style, acrylics can be used impasto where the piece of art achieves sculptural qualities or you can use them by building up thin layers of transparency.

Cora can also guide the more experienced painter to broaden their objectives. Observation is central in the lessons, so with the help of say a still life, a photo of a favourite landscape, a portrait or a specific time in art history, she will guide each student to develop confidence in their own abilities. The variety of subjects to choose from is endless and very personal and it is to be encouraged that each student develops their own ‘image’ vocabulary. In time it is possible to develop your own signature in your work and this doesn’t necessarily mean that the work remains figurative.

In the oceanic world of art, Cora is able to accommodate a wide variety of interests for example, if your aim is to become a highly realistic painter, she can help you, or at the other side of the spectrum, if you would like to explore abstract art, she can equally guide you through this fascinating process as well.

The act of painting, drawing and developing dexterity is a great confidence builder. In the classes we make time to look at masters who have shown us the way before and we look at those who taught us to look at the world with new eyes. Cora’s enthusiasm for art started early, and in her own work she has allowed herself to be influenced by the age of expressionism, by the Dutch Masters, by the great painters of the Far East and of course, by the great teacher Mother Nature herself in all her aspects. Cora’s aim in her work is to try to merge expressionism from western culture with the eastern philosophy of looking for the essence in nature and form. She believes painting to be music for the eyes expressing a deep love of colour, rhythm, the play of opposites and exploring the notion of freedom.

A Brief History

  • 2010 – Exhibition with The Guildford Art Society (16 October – 13 November).
  • 2011 – Started teaching in Merrow, Guildford.
  • 2012 – Teaching groups of adults and children.
  • Exhibition with the Guildford Art Society (28 May – 13 June).
  • Exhibition in the Guildford House Gallery (19 October – 12 November).
  • 2013 – Teaching groups of adults and children in Merrow, Guildford.
  • Exhibition with The Guildford Art Society (May).
  • Exhibition in The Guildford House Gallery (October).
  • Teaching at an Art Fair in Leamington (2 days in December).
  • 2014 – Teaching groups of adults and children in Merrow, Guildford.
  • Exhibition with The Guildford Art Society in The Guildford House Gallery (May).
  • Exhibition with The Guildford Art Society in The Guildford House Gallery (October).
  • Teaching at an Art Fair in Leamington (2 days in December).
  • 2015 – Teaching groups of adults and children in Merrow, Guildford.
  • Exhibition with The Guildford Art Society in The Guildford House Gallery (May)
  • Exhibition with The Guildford Art Society in The Guildford House Gallery (October).
  • 2016 – Teaching groups of adults and children in Merrow, Guildford.
  • Exhibition with The Guildford Art Society in The Guildford House Gallery (May).