Cygnets St. Ives is one of only three branches run by the original Cygnets' founders: Tabby and Hessy. The school offers a variety of services such as Term Time Classes, Holiday Workshops, Private Tuition, Birthday Parties, Home Classes, Day Trips, and online art courses via Cygnets Online.


Our classes are taught by experienced artist-teachers in a step-by-step, enjoyable way that children can understand and take beyond the classes. Students have the chance to experience an enormous range of techniques such as: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and clay, incorporated into our unique projects. We place a huge importance on quality materials, and reference to art history throughout.

Kids Art Classes in Kingston and Richmond

Cygnets is a children's art school franchise based in the UK. Our focus is on the teaching of traditional skills such as drawing, painting and sculpture, combined with unique projects; experienced teachers, and professional quality materials. 

In 2015, married artists Tabby and Hessy opened the first Cygnets school in Kingston upon Thames, and a second branch was opened not long after in nearby Richmond. In 2019, Cygnets Franchise opened its doors to potential franchisees, giving creatives and entrepreneurs across the country the chance to open their own Cygnets Art School. In 2020, the pair then moved to Cornwall, where they opened Cygnets St. Ives, and now live with their son Rudy and dog Badger.


Cygnets work with a small number of carefully-selected teachers, who are all DBS checked and talented artists in a variety of mediums. Tabby studied illustration at Central Saint Martins Art College and now works as a freelance illustrator for clients such as Quercus Books and Bristol Zoo. James studied Fine Art at Kingston University and works as a successful printmaker.  With over 16 years experience between them, they are endlessly passionate about teaching children's art in new and exciting ways. 

If you have any questions or would like to book, please contact us using the contact details or form provided.

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Cygnets is a children's art school based at The Island Centre in

St. Ives. Our focus is on the teaching of traditional skills such as drawing, painting & sculpture, combined with unique projects; experienced teachers, and professional quality materials.

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