Encouragement of art in buckinghamshire
Date:November 06, 2014

Joan Thewsey D.F.A. (Lond.)., S.B.A.

Joan specialises in large watercolours of flowers; gardens; landscapes; and
flowers with decorative china and fabrics. She has been a member of the
Society of Botanical Artists for many years. Joan’s works have been published
as greetings cards, calendars, and large poster prints for the international
market. She received the Founder President of the Society of Botanical Artists
`Special Mention card’ on her exhibit of her large gouache ‘Gladiolas against a
Dark Window’ in 1997; and in 2002 the St Cuthbert Mill Award for a
watercolour ‘Primroses and Apples’. Joan has exhibited in National
Exhibitions, gaining an award in the Laing Landscape Exhibition, her
watercolour of a French lake being used in their promotional calendar.

Born in Yorkshire, Joan’s two year training at Barnsley Art School was
followed by three years at the Slade School, London University, where she
received a Summer Exhibition Prize, a Goldsmith’s Company Travel Award to
study in Florence, and a degree in Fine Art.

For a number of years Joan was head of a very large Art Department in a
central London comprehensive, the department winning many awards and
representing Britain in the World Exhibition of Children’s Art at the Expo in
Japan. Receiving a second Goldsmiths Company award, Joan was seconded
for four months from her teaching post to develop her own work in Cornwall.
Joan later was seconded part-time to the Institute of Education, London
University Art Teacher training department, for two years, and also for some
years presented a number of twelve week evening courses with lectures and
practical instruction for other teachers on Design, Textile and Embroidery for
the London Education Authority.

Joan was a visiting painting and drawing tutor at the Sir John Cass School of
Art for eight years, and for many years, having resigned her teaching post, a
visiting tutor at the Victoria and Albert Museum where she presented a variety
of courses to fee-paying adults with interest in textile design, plant study,
perspective, and special studies in the galleries. She was then invited to join
another department there to present V&A courses to teachers. She was also
invited to tutor at special events when study groups were sponsored at the
V&A by companies such as Sainsbury; and to contribute text and drawings on
design, repeating pattern, and textile history, to a glossy, illustrated, V& A
publication ‘A Handbook for Teachers’.

Transparencies of many of Joan’s works are held at the Bridgeman Art

Library, London 95 of which are featured on their website.