English as a Foreign Language through Art

‘I believe that learning English should be fun. Stimulating, student-centred creative activities help participants to become immersed in the language, helping them to speak, think and even dream in English!’ Sara Downham-Lotto

What we do together

Language learners enjoy a unique and memorable experience making art with a professional artist who is also a fully certified TEFL teacher. Participants spend the day drawing and painting, through English. Seen more as an opportunity to have another ‘English’ experience, there is no expectation for participants to be budding artists. Away from the constraints of the ordinary classroom, they are able to communicate and express more naturally without fear of making mistakes. Outcomes include:

  • increased confidence and enhanced communication skills in English
  • new vocabulary, idioms and everyday expressions
  • finished artwork to take home
  • a fun and memorable experience

Who for

Groups of up to 25 adults/ young adults over 14 years for whom English is not their first language. Suitable for both proficiency level and complete beginners in English as a second language.


Either I come to you wherever you are, or if you’re local, make the most of an enhanced learning environment at my studio in rural Northumberland.

Cost and booking

Enquire through the booking enquiry form at the bottom of this page or call 07951 819796

TEFL experience

See Arts Lab archive link

Sara is an ITTI (Budapest) qualified English teacher who has worked in language schools in Poland, Hungary, Scotland and the U.S. She has had the great priviledge of working with Mario Rinvolucri & Hanya Krysewska, both pioneers of Humanising Language Teaching.

Durham Technical College, North Carolina, USA

Basil Paterson Edinburgh Language Foundation, Edinburgh, Scotland (designed & ran Edinburgh Festival Course)

Pilgrims Language School, Canterbury, Kent – Language in Action

Katedra Language School, Budapest, Hungary

English Language Services, Gdańsk, Poland

British Council Studium, English Language Department, University of Gdańsk

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“I’ve really enjoyed the sessions and found them to be great in helping me gain confidence. You’re a great teacher. Thank you!