The Phoenix Studio, Towersey

Creative Art Courses for All! The Phoenix Studio is a teaching art studio in the village of Towersey.

Set in rural Oxfordshire, the setting provides a tranquil space to explore your creativity. We run a range of art classes for all abilities during with classes taking place during the week, weekends and evenings. Classes on offer include Sculpture, Clay Modelling, Oil Painting, Mixed Media, Mosaics, Pottery & Ceramics.

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Inspired by Knepp - The Rewilding Exhibition, May 2024 (long film) 13/02/2024

Hello all, I'm not on here much, but wanted to tell you about an exciting project I have coming up at the Knepp Rewilding Project.

Please watch the fabulous 'Inspired By Knepp' documentary we've made to accompany the forthcoming art exhibition. Please watch it, share it, and put the dates in your diary (4-16 May)!

This nature-inspired art exhibition will feature artwork from myself, ,
,, , , , , .artist, , , and Rowena Pearce.

For those of you who don't know about Knepp and haven't read the book Wilding by Isabella Tree, the work they are doing at Knepp and through their Foundationm is invaluable as we try to tackle the climate crisis. It's a real beacon of hope.

Half of the art sales will go towards helping the Foundation realise its vision to galvanise nature recovery across Sussex and contribute to the reversal of our biodiversity crisis.

We look forward to seeing you in May and sharing the magic of Knepp. It is at its absolute best in the spring and, if that's not enough, you can enjoy a drink and fine food at the Knepp Wilding Kitchen.

The fabulous documentary was created by the talented Emily Malden, and I am not ashamed to say that I had a little cry when I first watched it. Follow on Instagram for more news, inspiration, and hope!

Inspired by Knepp - The Rewilding Exhibition, May 2024 (long film) For a dozen glorious spring days, the Knepp Rewilding Project will play to host a group of 12 artists. Their exhibition, called Inspired By Knepp, will show ...

Photos from The Phoenix Studio, Towersey's post 13/07/2023

This week was the finale of 's fabulous Tuesday morning life drawing course here at the Phoenix! It's been such a joy having Jo come in each week - is going to be weird next week. The term ended with a bang - a pot luck lunch and with the fabulous modeling. We had such a great day! Jo returns in September for another 10-week term, and then in the afternoons, she is running a more advanced life drawing class. This 5-week course will alternate with untutored life drawing sessions that are open to anyone.
It's been so much fun and really inspiring to have Jo come teach at the studio. She brings boundless energy and enthusiasm to the class. So much so, that virtually everyone who came on the first 10 weeks returned for second term! Other opportunities to learn from her are coming up!

Photos from The Phoenix Studio, Towersey's post 09/05/2023

WE HAVE A LAST MINUTE SPACE THE CLAY LIFE SCULPTURE COURSE WITH KARIN ORT ON 13th/14th MAY. Email [email protected] now to grab it before it’s gone. for more details.

Photos from The Phoenix Studio, Towersey's post 28/03/2023

We have a rare s**ce opened up on our Untutored Clay Life Course starting on Thursday 20th April. The course runs for 10 weeks on a Thursday at 10am till 4pm. This is a very popular class and is sure to be booked quickly so for more information visit our website

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Come explore your creativity piece by piece with Roz Wates, one her fabulous Mosaic course on the 25th and 26th March. More details on our website!

Photos from The Phoenix Studio, Towersey's post 10/01/2023

She came, she saw, she conquered! Such a delight to have the wonderful and talented from the come and make her teaching debut this morning! To add to the occasion, we had the divine model for us, too! Jo is teaching a 10-week life drawing course on Tuesdays. This term is fully booked but sign up for the next one of you're keen!


While the weather is hot, what better way to pass the time than to join for another one of her fantastic zoom demonstration. Sit in the shade or find a cool corner of your home and immerse yourself in Hester’s magical world of oil painting and creativity. Book online at for just £17! She will be live this Wednesday 20th July at 7pm till 9.30pm (BST) Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to allow Hester to take you on a journey to Germany where she took this photo for her inspiration! We can’t wait to see her paint this one. We hope to see you there too!


We have had a last minute s**ce become available for 's course starting TOMORROW - a cancellation due to you know what. If you want to join us then please book through the website straight away!

Photos from The Phoenix Studio, Towersey's post 13/05/2022

Here are some more fantastic pieces of art work by join him on the 29th/30th June and create your own fantastic art using a mix of screen printing techniques paired with collage. A really special course with lots of potential for an array of creativity!! Book now at or link in bio. We can’t wait to see you there!


Fancy taking part in a memorable course creating lasting memories set in screen print…? Then look no further! is running a two day course on 29th/30th of June. Come along and be as creative as you like, this course is suitable for all level of experience. Go to to book your s**ce today!


There is still time to book your s**ce on this fabulous FreeStyle Stitching course with the very talented joining us at the Phoenix Studio on the 7th and 8th May for a wonderful 2 day course. Come and immerse your self in the world of humming sewing machines and the smell of fabrics with unlimited Tea and Coffee and some delicious goodies too. This is a NOT TO BE MISSED course book via or link in bio


We have had two last minute s**ces become available for 's landscape painting course THIS weekend! Go to the website ASAP if you're interested in taking a slot with 25% off your course fee!

Photos from The Phoenix Studio, Towersey's post 06/04/2022

Two it three years later and four postponements, this week we finally welcome the super talented to the studio. Over the next two days she will be giving some of our regular students a masterclass in how she sculpts the human portrait in clay. Its always fascinating to see how other artists work and breaths fresh life into your own practise. The timing has worked as well, as it gives .ort.5 a week off from teaching on her birthday which is tomorrow! It's a busman's holiday for her and she's very excited about it! We'll share the results of what the students create in the next post.


Join us at The Phoenix Studio for some creativity. It’s the perfect setting to be free and immerse yourself in our calm and relaxing environment. We still have lots of courses available to book on our website at


We’re so excited to be joining and .ort for another fantastic zoom demonstration. Come and join us on the 30th March at 7-9.30 pm GMT. Book your s**ce at now and don’t miss out!!

Photos from The Phoenix Studio, Towersey's post 25/02/2022

Aaron Jacob Jones' approach to figurative watercolours is so fresh and unique! We love the way he captures the character and soul of his subjects with his loose, gestural and expressive brushstrokes. It's something most artists seem to be want to be more like, but are unable to UNCLENCH (I totally count myself in this group btw!). Well, now Aaron is coming to show us how he does it and we cannot wait! Sign up for his course now to give yourself a wonderful metaphorical creative massage! And reeeeeelax!

Photos from The Phoenix Studio, Towersey's post 08/02/2022

We love it when Harriet Riddell (AKA ) comes to teach at the studio! The room positively hums with the rhythmic sound of sewing machines - it's the nicest atmosphere! Harriet will teach you to draw with the sewing machine to create wonderfully unique pieces of art. Students are invited to create pieces that inspire and delight them, we'll be starting with portraits and on the second day it's up to you to see where your sewing machine takes you! Sign up now via the website


Come and join us for another of fantastic demonstration in oil painting. The way she puts paint to canvas is just magical to watch and even more magical to take part in. Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity. Join us on 26th January at 7pm GMT For just £16!! Book now at

Photos from The Phoenix Studio, Towersey's post 13/01/2022

We are so excited to be able to book our wonderful students onto our fantastic range of courses. This year we are introducing a BRAND NEW tutor .mccabe and her wonderful world of Card Collagraph. We are also welcoming back the renowned with his brilliant Life and Portrait drawing courses .ort.5 Clay Life and Portrait Sculpture classes and Expressive Figurative Watercolour. All of whom’s courses have been very missed at the studio by us and our students. We are also welcoming back for a second year who’s Woolly Animals are just magically life like. We have some new courses from .ort along side his regular favourites too. Not forgetting all of our other fantastic tutors that bring a wonderful array of courses such as .buckle and her beautiful Lino reduction .franc and her spectacular textile animals with her wonder of freestyle stitching and his screen printing expertise who has become one of our favourite regulars with her fab zoom demonstrations will be back in person! who will be creating some more epic stone creations with our students and Stephen Guy with his wonderfully magic Automata creations. Take a lot at or link in our bio. Hope to see you there!

Photos from The Phoenix Studio, Towersey's post 02/01/2022

January blues setting in?? Then take out your paint brush and bat them away! Join us for another fantastic demonstration with the talented guaranteed to brighten even the cloudiest January day. She’s back on Wednesday 26th January at 7pm GMT for the amazing price of £16. Go to to book your s**ce now and turn that January frown upside down!

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We’re so excited to be joining @hester_berry and @james.ort for another fantastic zoom demonstration. Come and join us o...
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Yet another amazing demo with Hester Berry, here she is painting her wonderful Coastal Path Landscape. It so nice to see...
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The Phoenix Studio

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm
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