My name is Peter Tinkler and I’ve been teaching art classes in one form or another since 2010. It has become apparent to me that Birmingham needs more outlets for those people who want to draw and paint, specifically oil based painting, but certainly not exclusive to it.

My approach to teaching is based on flexibility, sharing what I’ve gathered about drawing and painting over the years, and variety. The main aim is to enjoy the process of creativity without the fear of making mistakes. In fact mistakes are encouraged early on and often as they universally lead to discoveries and insight. Even the Great Masters had to learn to paint, and yes, they certainly made plenty of mistakes along the way.

For such a large, vibrant, and culturally rich city as Birmingham, it’s surprising that there is not a wider availability of art courses. Courses that cater for drawing in various media like charcoal and pastel, painting in oil, acrylic, ink, and watercolour. That’s why I have begun new courses that look to explore each of these in as much depth as possible, but without the academic rhetoric or complicated jargon, and with hands-on advice, constructive critique, and demonstrations. Art doesn’t have to be intimidating. My aim is to make it accessible, rewarding, and enjoyable, in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Birmingham and Midland Institute

The Venue

The venue itself is in the centre of Birmingham, just off Victoria Square, located in a stunning grade II listed building surrounded by beautiful Georgian architecture. 

The Birmingham and Midland Institute, is an institution concerned with the promotion of education and learning in Birmingham, England. One if its early presidents was Charles Dickens.

Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret St, Birmingham B3 3BS

Peter is an inspiration and has a wealth of knowledge on skills and techniques gained through his ongoing work as a professional practising artist. I now totally embrace oils as my weapon of choice – what a fantastic medium! All this is down to, firstly Peters recommendation I should try oils and then his enthusiasm and guidance. Id recommend his classes unreservedly!”


I learnt a tremendous amount about the materials, composition and painting generally over the duration of the course. I found the exercise in copying a famous artist’s painting so revealing. Overall the course was a lot of fun.


I have been doing lessons with Peter for over one year. Learning with him is quite fun but effective at the same time. Although he plans the topic for each lesson, he is quite flexible and allows people to go at their own pace. He is also happy for students to develop their own work during lessons if they prefer to, while helping them with comments alongside. He always looks at the work I do outside of the lessons when I email them and gives his views and suggestions on how to improve them. Thanks Peter, very much appreciated.


I have been attending classes with Peter for three years. I have vastly improved my painting in that time. He draws on the positives of what you paint and builds your confidence. He also comments on how to improve. He makes the class interesting by setting various themes; paintings styles from different cultures or painting in the style of a particular artist. His classes are engaging and very interesting – he encourages us to explore different painting techniques and helps develop your own style of painting. He is a very enthusiastic tutor and passionate about his craft and keen to share his knowledge with students.