‘Stella had a vast comprehensive knowledge of the artists and their work, conveying her enthusiasm and passion for her subject in a manner which was inspiring and informative. She had a very pleasant, friendly manner and was very popular with the whole group. Her talks were well presented, the subject matter was well chosen and covered a good variety of works of art. Stella was inspirational in this my first art appreciation holiday, so much so that I wanted to book a further holiday this year but unfortunately the ones I chose, where I knew she would be the host were all fully booked. I do hope she will be there next year.’ – Saga guest, ‘Artistic Collections of Dorset’

‘A class act: informative, authoritative and delivered with great charm. We shall certainly ask you again. Thank you so much – they all loved it!’ – Dr Judith Foy, Contemporary Arts Society Wales (CASW).

‘Stella, I enjoyed every minute of this course and looked forward to your lecture each week. You brought the art, artists and history of the Renaissance wonderfully alive. I enjoyed your informal, informative approach to the lectures and found them absorbing. A real treat!’ – Jackie Ghazal, Early Renaissance Masterpieces at Insole Court

‘I have been fortunate enough to attend a number of Stella’s four week themed courses as well as some of her day schools, all of which I have found completely absorbing.  Her lectures are always well prepared and delivered with informative background information on the artist/movement/era followed by in-depth discussions on the subject and technical details of the painting.  As a complete new-comer to the world of art, I have been so inspired by her lectures that on returning home afterwards, I have immediately looked up the same, and further, paintings by the artists presented in class.’ – Angie Luther, Penarth Pier Pavilion lecture

‘One of our very best lecturers – and so say all of us!’ – Hereford Arts Society, ‘All the Lonely People – The work of American Realist Edward Hopper’

‘Thank you so much for coming to Penang to give two talks to our Society. I have received great reports back from members who attended one or both of your talks – they really enjoyed the subject matter and your delivery and someone said that it was the best yet!’ – Penang (Malaysia) Arts Society

‘I enjoyed your talk last night at Penarth Pier so much. Often when I attend lectures I come away hardly remembering anything…. that was not the case last night, I found it memorable and inspirational from beginning to end.’ – Jo Furber, Edvard Munch lecture at Penarth Pier Pavilion

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‘Stella is a gem. She is extremely knowledgable and her presentations were well prepared. She is very professional and made sure she made herself available at all of the venues.’- Dr Bill Chalmers, ‘Fine Art in Scotland’ tour

‘Compelling. Bound for TV or other popular media and you have snatched her up early!’ – Voyages to Antiquity guest, Norway cruise June 2018

‘We both really enjoyed it – neither of us know very much about art and we learned so much. I realised I’d not been looking at paintings properly before and now have a much better idea. Stella is a really engaging presenter – she was easy to listen to, the time flew by!‘ – Sarah Wymer, ‘Painting Winter’ lecture

‘Thank you so much for continuing these events – they are the highlight of my week!’ – Karen Nunn, ‘How to Look at Paintings’

‘The art host on this holiday, Stella, was again exceptionally well informed and extremely pleasant. Her talks were informative and interesting. She pointed out the works of art of special interest during our visits and was on hand in the galleries to answer any questions. I met her firstly in Bournemouth and was very impressed. She was equally very good during this holiday.’ – Judith, ‘Art Treasures of Birmingham’ tour

‘Stella was very informative and gave excellent talks. She was the best historian I have ever met.’- Saga guest, ‘Art Treasures of Birmingham’ tour

‘Very enjoyable course, Interesting and varied selection of paintings and artists. I particularly enjoyed the lecture on symbolism; it unlocked the meaning of the paintings shown, and others. Stella invites audience comments and the discussions provide more insight’ – Thomas, Penarth Pier Pavilion lecture series ‘How to Look at Paintings’

‘Stella was one of the best speakers I have ever come across. Very well informed, charming and helpful in every way’ – Saga guest, ‘Art Treasures of Birmingham’ tour

‘Stella is a fabulous lecturer: very approachable and knowledgeable – 5 star! Fabulous lectures that I have travelled from Chepstow for every week to attend’ Colleen, Penarth Pier Pavilion lecture series ‘How to Look at Paintings’

‘A brief thank you from Mary and Peter  for your charming and imaginative leadership. It was so interesting and well done. Thank you, we shall remember it for a long time.’ – Peter and Mary Lewis, Saga guests, ‘Art Treasures of Birmingham’ tour

‘Thank you for bringing art alive and making it accessible’ – Jan, Saga guest

‘Stella was exceptionally knowledgable and very good at explaining the art. She was kind and patient and happy to spend time with individuals at the various galleries. I hope to book on more of her tours.’  – Saga guest, ‘Golden Age of Dutch Art’ tour

‘We felt very fortunate to have Stella as our Special Interest host.  She was very knowledgeable about her subject and enhanced our holiday enormously by her evening talks before dinner’ – Saga guests, ‘Art in the North West’ tour

‘Stella prepares well for her teaching sessions, she is well qualified and has breadth of knowledge. Her style is friendly and interactive when appropriate. Her sessions are confidence giving – and she is aware of differing levels of knowledge in her students and has an open manner and a pleasant attitude when responding to people.’ – Ellen Wolfe, regular ‘Classical Education Forum’ student


‘Thank you for your well-judged presentations’ – Anne and Roger Howard, ‘Art in the North West’ tour

‘This lady was a most interesting and accomplished lecturer.She welcomed questions and was very knowledgeable on art subjects.One of the best! – Saga guest, ‘Golden Age of Dutch Art’ tour

‘Dear Stella,
Eileen and I would like to say how much we enjoyed your Art in Wales day school and to thank you for all the the careful preparation and hard work that obviously went in to the preparation of the lectures’ – Eileen and Frances, Art in Wales day school

‘Thanks for introducing me to some wonderful new artists!’ – Jim, Visions of 20th Century America.


‘Stella Lyons was not only knowledgeable about her subject but has a very pleasing and democratic approach to group opinions.’ – Saga guests, ‘Art in the North West’ tour

‘It’s often said that  “every picture tells a story”, and my husband and I discovered this to be true when we attended Stella Lyons’ course on narrative paintings.  Stella asked us for our feelings about the overall picture, and what we could see in the painting, and what we thought it was telling us.  She guided us to see things which may not have been obvious to us at first, and to interpret objects in the paintings.  We were all encouraged to take part in discussion about each painting, and it was interesting to note that different paintings appealed to different class-members.  Stella is knowledgeable about art and made the classes both interesting and stimulating.  I look forward to more such classes in the future.’ – Anne M, How to Look at Paintings – Narrative Paintings

‘Stella has been delivering Art History lectures for the Classical Education Forum for the last five years. The classes have had much praise from our students regarding Stella’s knowledge and delivery. Stella is a delightful person to work with and is highly responsible and conscientious’ – Liz Mayor, Head of the Classical Education Forum

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