Peter Tinkler           

Artist & Illustrator |

Professional Biography

Art tutor and illustrator, with ten years of experience working in art education, specialising in art classes for adults. Experience in both mainstream and special education, and provide regular workshops and projects for creative institutions across the U.K. Journal and book illustrations for creative establishments such as V. Press Publishing, Writing West Midlands, Fairacre Press, Ovid Verlag Publishing (Germany), and HCE Magazine (UK).

 Exhibitions & Publications

RBSA Friends Online Exhibition, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, July-August 2020

MAC (Midlands Arts Centre) Artist Tutors, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, May-July 2019

The Art Yard, Cradley Heath, Birmingham, June-July 2018

The Art Yard, Cradley Heath, Birmingham, May-June 2018

RBSA Open Media Exhibition, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, March-April 2017

Hidden Talents, The Arches Project, Digbeth, Birmingham, July 2016

Sandra Dieckmann Exhibition, The Wightman, Shrewsbury, July 2014,

The Uncurated Show, Hopkinson Gallery, Nottingham, June 2014,

Urban Life, Daniel Libeskind Space, London, April 2014,

Through the Woods, Ort Cafe, Birmingham, Oct, 2013,

Faces, Artwork Cafe, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Aug-Sept, 2013,

Addiction, Cranstoun Gallery, Dudley, June 2013,

Young Artists of the Year, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, Nov-Dec 2011,

Arts After Dark, New Orleans, U.S.A. Oct 2010,

Word is Drawn, The Others, London, Sept-Oct 2010,

100 Square Foot Artworks, London, May 2010,

The Art of Listening, Sheffield, Feb. 2010.

 Diversifly: Poetry and Art on Britain’s Urban Birds, Book illustration, Fair Acre Press, The Old Man in the House of Bone, Book illustrations including cover image, V. Press Publishing,The Iceni Daughter, Book cover, Shye Publishing, Maligned Species: Nettles, Cover artwork, Fairacre Press, Dried Bones EP Cover artwork, Ramzine Mag, Through the Woods, Book illustrations including cover image, Fair Acre Press, Being Here, Book illustrations, St Giles Hospice Publishing, Ancient Memories, HCE Magazine, Virgil’s Aeneid, Ovid Verlag Publishing, Pass it On, Outside, Creaturemag, Beyond the Wall, Book cover, Writing West Midlands, The Incredible Finvention Story, Access Art (iBooks), Distracted Dad, Latest Homes Magazine

Teaching & workshop experience 2012-2020:

Drawing and Painting Techniques, 12 week course experimenting with a variety of drawing and painting mediums, St Paul’s, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham,

An Introduction to Oil Painting Techniques, 10 week course looking at the techniques and materials used in traditional oil painting, St Paul’s, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham,

An Introduction to Oil Painting, Lead tutor introducing the basics of oil painting techniques, Midlands Arts Centre, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

An Introduction to Art Techniques, Lead tutor exploring a variety of drawing and painting mediums, Midlands Arts Centre, Edgbaston, Birmingham,

Art Tutoring Workshop, Drawing media and Watercolour painting demonstrations for the teaching faculty at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Yardley Wood, Birmingham,

Illustration for Text, Lead tutor exploring the relationship between text and image through a variety of illustration techniques, Midlands Arts Centre, Edgbaston, Birmingham,

Painting for Pleasure, The Independent Art School, Lead art tutor delivering painting and drawing classes at The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham,

Creative Connections, Drawing and Painting Workshops for vulnerable woman, Maple Trees Children’s Centre, Redditch,

Five Ways to Well-being, School Arts Residency Project, Crestwood School, Dudley,

Unique People, Unique Identities, Collaborative Art Project at St. Giles Hospice, Lichfield,

Who Am I, Leaps & Bounds Art Project at Sutton College working with 16-18 yr old students,

The Art of Expression, A Worcestershire art project to raise awareness of domestic abuse,

Art in Health hosted at the Sure Start Children’s Centre (ten projects in total),

Written Image Poetry and Art fusion Workshop for families at the Birmingham Art Gallery,

Portfolio Preparation for Art & Design at the Inkberrow Design Centre, Redditch,

We3Write Sandwell Valley School’s Projects,

Sandwell Valley Poetry & Art Project (ACE Funded)



BA (Hons) Illustration 2009 (2:1)

PTLLS Level 4 qualification in the Life Long Learning Sector.

DBS updated 25/04/19

Art Courses Birmingham Testimonials


I really enjoyed the recent 12-week art techniques course. We used Zoom, in view of the current coronavirus lockdown, and this worked very well. Peter is an excellent teacher and gave us plenty of individual tuition, adjusted for our various levels of experience. I hadn't ever done an art course, but I was very pleased with the range of techniques which I started using during the course. This has started me on a new hobby, and I am looking forward to taking another of Peter's courses.

Andrew Herborn


I did the Art Techniques class on Zoom. Peter is an excellent teacher, . We had immediate feedback as well as detailed feedback on completed pictures emailed after the lesson. I am relatively new to drawing and painting, and apart from learning a lot, had a lot fun as well. I enjoyed it so much ... I registered for Peter's ' Introduction to oil painting ' class starting in September also on Zoom.

Moira Herborn


This course was a lifesaver for me and provided a wonderful opportunity to develop my oil painting skills. The expert instruction and demonstration delivered with such ease by Peter made the whole experience so enjoyable. Too much information I will need to enrol on a future course to process this one! Thank you Peter.

Mary Blackall


I wanted to draw and paint all my life, particularly as this was not part of school in India at the time! So I waited until I retired and joined Peter’s class. I have had the opportunity to try different mediums and techniques. I even dared to draw in a museum setting with Peter’s encouragement. I have enjoyed learning and continue to do so because the atmosphere in the class is very informal and relaxed. I never thought I would be able to draw and paint but with Peter’s help, I am thoroughly enjoying it. Peter is a passionate, interested teacher

Dr. Prema Iyengar


Art is a challenge, a pleasure and a struggle. It is also rewarding and a creative escape so a wonderful antidote to stress. Since joining Peter’s ‘Painting for Pleasure’ group in 2015 I have experienced all of the above. But above all, my knowledge and skills in pursuit of progress have been nurtured, nudged, directed and guided by the most skilful approach and ‘light touch’ of Peters’ tutorledge. He invites you to join in his passion and delight of colour and ‘mark making’ whilst exploring art through the ages, both classical and contemporary styles, but above all through the sheer pleasure of ‘having a go’! The atmosphere Peter creates is supportive and inclusive of all abilities. He knows how-to guide, lead, and deliver what can be a challenging subject and is able to do this with skill, humour, experience and passion. All the ingredients, in my opinion, of a much-valued teacher



I initially contacted Peter to have one to one painting lessons which were absolutely great and I learnt so much. He then told me about the Saturday painting classes he runs in St Paul’s Church and I just had to check it out! From my first visit till today I am so amazed by the space in which we get to paint. The church itself is such an inspiration. Peter allows us through his own demos and guidance to try out new styles of paintings. Each week is a different style and I look forward to having a go (not always feeling confident to start but as there are other painters in the same position we all have a good time trying it out!) There are weeks when I just want to do my own painting and Peter has given me tips on how to do that. So the classes are what you make them too! I absolutely love my Saturday painting class and highly recommended it to anyone wanting to paint, whether it be for the first time or someone who feels like they don’t have the time or space at home. It’s given me back my love of painting. I’ve now got the time and space to do it and have met some great people to paint with. Thanks Peter!



Peter’s classes are perfect for the novice. Everything is provided. You are only asked to bring a rag to wipe your brushes or take excess paint off the canvas. He takes the time to explain the materials and how to get the best out of them, setting tasks that help you explore and get used to oil paints and how they work. In the first few weeks, he also teaches how to stretch canvases and mix colours. Everyone is allowed to work at their own pace and he encourages each person with advice and guidance to help them achieve the best results and gain in confidence. I would highly recommend his classes.



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 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.