The web site of Anita Daniel, artist, designer, illustrator and art teacher working in Leeds, UK

Welcome to my personal web site.

Brief Biography

My initial Art Training was between 1959 and 1963 at Leeds College of Art in Graphic Art and Illustration, but also studying Art History; Life Drawing; Pottery; Sculpture and various printing methods including Etching and Lithography.

For several years I worked for W.P.M. ( Wallpaper Manufacturers) which was comprised of Crown, Sanderson's and Shand Kidd as a Graphic Designer and In-house Illustrator, designing Wallpaper in their Leeds studio. I eventually specialised in designs for children, such as The First Moon Landing; Grand Prix Motor Racing; Basil Brush and TV animations etc.

In the 1980s I was asked to do some teaching for Leeds Adult Education, and while doing this, I decided to go back to college and get some teaching qualifications, starting with the Yorkshire and Humberside Further and Higher Education teaching certificate at Airedale and Wharfedale college. Followed by a City and Guilds teaching certificate and then the Certificate of Education? at Leeds University.

I began working part-time for Park Lane College in 1991, first as an Arts and Crafts tutor, later becoming involved in developing, with colleagues, the Adult Education Art Programmes for the college and eventually becoming a full-time lecturer in Art and Design, teaching all qualification levels at various college venues around the city.                                                               

When I retired in 2006, some of my existing college students asked if I would be prepared to take them on as private students. I had not thought of it until then, but an opportunity arose to rent suitable premises in Meanwood, and so I agreed to give it a try. I called it "Art for All", and within a month, the jungle drums had been busy, and I had nearly seventy private students.     

I now see between sixty and seventy people per week in four classes, and because we have no restrictive syllabus to adhere to, I can introduce them to all kinds of exciting alternative techniques and projects which we plan together.

I hope they are enjoying it as much as I am, because I love working with them this way.