Art School & Gallery

LAS Teachers

Maryam Nilforoushan

Maryam Nilforoushan was accepted into Tehran University at the age of 16 to study Fine Art, making her the youngest student to be attend the prestigious institution at that time. Due to war and political instability in Iran, Maryam moved to London to continue her studies. She completed her Art Foundation at Chelsea College of Arts before attending Middlesex University where she got her undergraduate in Graphic Design.
Throughout Maryams education and later careers she pursued practicing art – this was however paused and ‘put on the back burner’ as she made her role as a mother and raising her children take priority. Now, that her children are independent Maryam has taken the opportunity to open London Art Studio in Chiswick.
Maryam’s mission is to give something back to the community and to encourage art lovers to follow their artistic passions too.

Gemma Gates

Gemma is a graduate from Ruskin College of Art, Cambridge.
Gemma started working is the art field, starting in Interior Design, with Jocasta Innes for 4 years. Followed by working at the Gallery "McHardy Sculpture Company", with artists such as Sophie Dickens, Giles Penny & Maurice Blik to name a few of the 50 represented.
Her love for working with children started at 'Jax Art Studio' in East Sheen, here she was introduced to the teachings of Dilip Sur from RCA which sparked her interest in figurative drawing.

Gemma continued her passion for Education working for the Arts Charity NADFAS organising events & lectures. After a brief time living in Barcelona painting, she returned and trained in London as a Primary School teacher to develop her skills working with children.
Since devoting her time to bringing up her own children she is now combining her love for art & education, inspiring kids & adults to explore all the possibilities together.
Rebecca Cartwright de Fontenelle 

Rebecca Cartwright de Fontenelle graduating from the Slade in 1996.

Rebecca is a painter and printmaker specialising in oil painting, lithographic and intaglio printmaking, which she creates from her studio is London.

Martin Morris

Martin has a BA in Animation/Illustration from Manchester Metropolitan University, where he spent part of his studies at the University Of Lapland, Finland, and an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art. While studying at the RCA, he was awarded three major drawing prizes: The Tom Bendham Figure Drawing Prize (First Place, 2003 and 2004) and The Man Group Portfolio Prize (First Place, 2004).

After leaving the RCA, Martin worked for award-winning filmmaker and designer Run Wrake, contributing to several commercial and personal projects including the BAFTA nominated and multi-award-winning Rabbit.  He currently works freelance in the animation industry as an animator, compositor and storyboard artist on commercials, music promos and tour visuals. 

Since 2005, he has taught drawing college wide at the RCA. He also teaches and has taught drawing at institutions including City & Guilds, LCC, Kingston, Farnham and Imperial College.
​​​ London Art Sudio (LAS)​
408 Chiswick High Road
W4 5TF