Amanda Beck

Amanda Beck trained as an Illustrator at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. She is an experienced tutor working within arts organisations and the Oxford University Museums service. Research Casting International Ltd commissioned her to record the building of the Blue whale skeleton for the Natural History Museum, London.  Most recently she has completed work documenting the engineers in the workshops at Bicester Heritage (a historic working automotive site) and been artist in residence at Classic Performance Engineering.  

Describe your approach to teaching.

My approach to teaching is to initially plan and prepare well and to encourage everyone who comes on my courses to enjoy being creative whilst learning some invaluable techniques along the way.  

What inspires your own work?

I am a Reportage Artist with a particular interest in documenting people, working environments, history and heritage. I prefer to work directly from life capturing ‘behind the scenes’ stories through drawing and painting.  The creative process of ‘visual story telling’ results in unique pieces of art that reflect the energy and atmosphere of an event, time and place.    

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