Meet the team
Becky Newman-Smith – Founder
Schools – All Saints C of E, Bishops Stortford; Hartsfield JMI, Baldock; St Albans Home Education Group
Becky studied Textile Design at university and worked as a freelance designer before running a bespoke trimmings business based in London. She then trained as a primary teacher and worked in schools for a number of years. It was always a dream to run a business which focused on providing specialist art teaching, allowing children to tap into their creativity outside of the restraints of the school curriculum. In 2015 she took the plunge and Art Explorers was born.
Kate Nicholson – Club Leader
Schools – Bengeo Primary, Hertford (Thursdays); Abel Smith Primary, Hertford (Fridays)
Kate joined the team in 2017 and currently runs two of our after school clubs. She is a talented artist and jewellery maker with lots of experience working with primary aged children. Kate is caring and fun, always working hard to make sure that the children in her clubs achieve their potential and are super proud of their work.
Alison McWhinnie – Club Leader
School – Christ Church C of E, Ware
Alison is a real asset to the Art Explorers team. She has recently completed an MA in Art Therapy and is excited to put the things she has learnt into practice in her sessions. As well as being an Art Therapist, Alison is also an experienced graphic designer. The children are bound to have a fantastic time with Alison to lead them on their creative journey!
Yolanda Addy – Club Leader
Schools – Mill Mead Primary, Hertford; Bengeo Primary, Hertford (Tuesdays); Morgans Primary, Hertford
Yolanda has a degree in Art and Design and has worked for a number of years as a freelance artist and designer. She also has lots of experience working with children, having managed an after school club in a primary school. She is very keen to get creative and share her love of art with the children in art club.
Katie Mundy – Club Leader
School – Abel Smith Primary, Hertford (Wednesdays)
As well as running a fantastic after school club for us, Katie is a talented fine artist, specialising in painting. She has a degree in fine art and experience of running art after school clubs in primary schools whilst at university. Katie is passionate about the importance of art in children’s lives and is a real asset to the Art Explorers team.
Claudia Sawyer- Club Leader
School -Sacred Heart Catholic Primary, Bushey (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Our newest team member is an actor and talented painter. Claudia has experience of working with children in theatre workshops before jetting off to L.A to complete her degree. Now back at home she is balancing her acting work with building up her art portfolio and is keen to share her love of art with children in our after school clubs.
NB – All of our club leaders have enhanced DBS certificates and are fully insured.