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stewart_geddesThe Verrocchio Art Centre is delighted to be working in collaboration with the RWA Drawing School, Bristol to offer this week-long residential creative holiday "Locating a Personal Practice in Landscape", led by artist and former President of the RWA, Stewart Geddes.

Through a mixture of individual and group tuition, and en plein air and studio-based techniques, the course will assist participants in identifying and developing a personal way forward in their painting. The environment of the Verrocchio Art Centre, the ancient town architecture, and the surrounding landscape will form the basis for ideas.The character of the environment and the quality of light will particularly encourage thinking about colour.

Because the emphasis will be on locating a personal way forward, the course will embrace a breadth of painting styles: abstraction, figuration, observation and imagination. It is anticipated that by the end of the course the participant will feel more confident and clearer about their own painting, and be able to take this new insight beyond the week-long course.

Stewart Geddes is formerly Head of Painting at Cardiff School of Art and Design (now Cardiff Metropolitan University) and is currently an Associate Lecturer at Gloucester University. He has works in a number of public and private collections both nationally and internationally. He is an Honorary Academican of the Royal Scottish Academy.

Comments from previous holidays with Stewart at Verrocchio

 

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Booking and Prices

 

Details:

Ability levels: Some painting experience is desirable

Includes acrylic paints in a spectrum of colours including earth tones and black and white, easels, painting boards, paper, pencils, charcoal, erasers, sharpeners, and various sizes of greyboard and canvas board on which to paint. Excludes paint brushes. Participants are advised to bring their own brushes. For details regarding recommended brushes, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or after December 2019 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Non-participating Friends and Partners - are very welcome.  See activities for non-participants

The itinerary for the holiday is as follows:


Sat 4 July 2020
Outbound travel day - please see Travel section below
Tour if the village led by Nigel Konstam during the afternoon

Sunday 5 July - Tues 7 July
Tutored sessions, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, and 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm each day  

Wed 8 July
Break day. Self-led time in the studio, or an optional excursion* to Siena or San Gimignano

Thurs 9 - Sat 11 July
Tutored sessions, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, and 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm each day

Sunday 12 July
Return travel day

 

Travel

Participants must arrange their own return travel from Bristol airport to Pisa airport (outbound on Sat 4 July, return flight Sun 12 July 2019).

Once Easyjet have published their flights for the summer (this usually happens during Sept) we will arrange the transfer to meet the flight.  Our driver meets the group in front of Famoso Bar in the arrivals area.  You should reach Casole d'Elsa 1.5 hrs later.

We will arrange the return transfer to Pisa to fit with check in for the return flight on 12 July 2020. 

For those travelling from London or other airports

We will do our best to accommodate for other arrival / departure times but please aim to arrive before 4 pm and depart after 11 am.

 

See RWA web site for full Terms and Conditions and further details.