Colour and Composition - Bella Green 18 Sept - 1 Oct 2018

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Course Information

‘Colour and Composition” is a chance to explore and learn about these two essential aspects of painting, whatever your personal stylistic leanings. Really understanding essential colour theory and how it aids perception and practical paint handing has been a revelation to even experienced painters, so this will be offered as an option at the beginning of the course. We will continue by looking in depth at an often ignored or ‘hidden element’ of painting, namely, composition. We often easily and intuitively recognise a good composition, but being able to say why it is so, may be more difficult.

We will look at the many aspects of this fascinating subject and how it has been used by artists through the ages, and through play and understanding, explore the essentials of creating good composition in painting, including - balancing parts; entrances and exits; ‘eye paths’; visual weighting; grouping and massing; using light and dark and notan studies and more. Understanding these elements of visual communication in painting will complement and enhance your colour expression and bring to your work the subtle power of that ‘hidden element’ - composition.

Subject matter will be found by working directly in the landscape with drawing and making studies to develop later in the studio. Still life, interior and street scenes around the Centro d’Arte are all also there to explore and study. There will be talks and practical demonstrations in oils and acrylics. These are the suggested mediums, but you are free to bring whatever are your personal favourites. A full list of what to bring will be sent on booking.

About Bella Green

Since 1997 Bella has lived and worked in Dumfriesshire in Southern Scotland, where where she has made her home and studio. Her training was a two year Foundation Course at Harrow School of Art followed by three years at Norwich School of Art. She has a degree in Fine Art Painting, as well as a post graduate degree in Art Education from Leicester University. For many years she taught in art schools in the UK, most recently until 2006, she was a visiting tutor of colour and drawing at the Royal College of Art in London. Since then she has been painting full time apart from a few weekend workshops each year in Scotland and Cumbria and her annual visit to Italy and the Centro d‘arte Verrocchio. Bella has been a professional elected member of Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) since 1992. She exhibits widely. Each year in May/June she opens her studio as part of the Spring Fling weekend. For further information and to see her work go to her web site. www.bellagreen.co.uk To contact Bella to discuss anything relating to the course please email her: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Chris Storr

I’ve been going to Vercocchio for seven years, and it continues to be superb: comfortable accommodation, splendid food and wonderful tuition by Bella Green. If anyone wants a first rate art course in an exquisite environment, this is a must.

Michele, Perth, Australia

"I had a wonderful time in Casole doing Bella's Course. Bella is a wonderful teacher and I have never learned so much on a short art course. The Verrocchio Art School is a really unique and special place. Situated in a small medieval town ( very few tourists) with magnificent views of the Tuscan countryside, Casole is the perfect place to study art. Nigel, Caro, Loredana and the team excel in providing a personal and authentic experience of Italian life. I can not recommend the course, the school and the place highly enough."

Ben and Diane Green, Scotland

"We both found the two weeks fantastic.  I haven’t seen Diane so happy and herself in 25 years, so it really was a truly ideal celebration of our silver wedding anniversary. Diane found Bella’s tuition really helpful, intelligent, challenging, and I think ultimately producing a really good piece of art with so little previous experience. "

"Bella’s course was really very good - just right for someone like me.  I lapped up all of Bella's detailed notes and lectures like a sponge and really wanted to apply the learning.  I really liked that the course had a lot of structure and that it progressed each day.  I felt I really got something of value, something that i can use and build on.  Bella really did provide me with some building blocks with which to experiment and create into the future.  I felt she went the extra mile really, spending time with us one on one and taking the time to give us individual challenges as the days progressed and feed back at the end and taking the trouble to get us to exhibit.  All those extra touches were just the cherry on the cake really.   Loved that i came away with a resource pack to which I can refer. Loved that there were some materials on site too, so if we forgot stuff it was okay. As ben said, I was happy for the whole two weeks - a combination of all of the above but mainly i felt secure, challenged and as if i was growing every day. And I loved being part of a group and watching all the others grow too."


Graham Robinson, Reading,

"Bella's course was the first painting course I have attended, and what an eye-opener. Others on the course had experienced tutors previously where basically the students had to copy their exercises to learn, emulating them. Bella is just the opposite - you learn to express your own feelings through Bella's encouragement and guidance, and explore art talents that you did not know you had! Bella's course about abstraction even helped experienced artists, who previously had only ever painted in a representational way, to 'break their own rules' and create their art in new more expressive ways.

Bella puts a lot of work and thought into her course agenda to make every day refreshing and entertaining, provides detailed course notes and personal tuition every day after the morning tutorial. I never realised how much I could learn in the two weeks, even learning the secret of what makes certain paintings stand out from the rest. "

David Donnison, Glasgow.

‘Bella’s a great teacher. I’ve been going to her courses for twenty years in Scotland and in Tuscany where she assembles a delightful, friendly group of students at the Centro d’Arte Verrocchio which is a lovely school in a lovely village.”

E. M. Paris

"Bella' skills as a tutor are really exceptional The group and personal tuition, the lectures, the choice of exercises, were so well thought out that they got you immediately into painting with none of the usual inhibitions in front of a white sheet of paper. Personal projects were developed, encouraged, and helped through useful advice. Bella created a studious but cheerful mood, and with enthusiasm I discovered new horizons. I look forward to other holidays with Bella, the two week painting course was an unforgettable delight."

C. Storr, Tunbridge Wells.

Verrocchio is a wonderful experience: the highest quality tuition, whatever your level; superb food; friendly co-students, all set in a vibrant small hill-top town. What more could anyone ask for?

W. D Bristol

It is a privilege to be taught by Bella. One rarely has the opportunity to be taught by someone with such knowledge and experience of colour. She gives so much and so tirelessly to the group.

D. R. Bath

"I have great pleasure in recommending Bella Green as a tutor. I first went to Verrochio in 2007 to study with Bella as I was attracted by the subject of Painting with Colour. Bella has given great thought to her courses and gives you a wealth of information, which you can take or not as you please. She started us off with exercises to loosen us up and get into creative mood. She deals with everybody and their particular problems and needs in a very intuitive way and manages to get the best out of them! She gives generously of her time and knowledge and energy. I came back to Verrochio to study with Bella for the next three years, progressing from colour to more abstract painting. Bella also gives a series of slide shows, showing both her own paintings and other painters, which are always extremely interesting and stimulating. She has an extensive knowledge of painting and artists, and I cannot praise enough her commitment to imparting this knowledge to her students."

Sheila Carey, Yorkshire, UK

I always enjoy and learn such a lot from Bella's courses, as is proved by the fact that I will be with her for the fourth time in 2012. She is a wonderful colourist painter and a caring teacher, able to provide whatever the individual student requires to progress their painting.

Marian Rochester, Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland

The Centro is the most wonderful place, in which to indulge in painting the Tuscan countryside. The tuition is excellent and well organised whilst the building itself is full of character and ambience. Students seem to return year after year to experience the magic of Casole.

D.R. Bath, UK

"I have great pleasure in recommending Bella Green as a tutor. I first went to Verrochio in 2007 to study with Bella as I was attracted by the subject of Painting with Colour. Bella has given great thought to her courses and gives you a wealth of information, which you can take or not as you please. She started us off with exercises to loosen us up and get into creative mood. She deals with everybody and their particular problems and needs in a very intuitive way and manages to get the best out of them! She gives generously of her time and knowledge and energy. I came back to Verrochio to study with Bella for the next three years, progressing from colour to more abstract painting. Bella also gives a series of slide shows, showing both her own paintings and other painters, which are always extremely interesting and stimulating. She has an extensive knowledge of painting and artists, and I cannot praise enough her commitment to imparting this knowledge to her students."

Joan Kinsey, Yorkshire, UK

I met Bella for the first time this year. Right from the first meeting she made me feel very welcome Bella is a very kind, thoughtful person with a lot of knowledge covering all aspects of art. She is also a very generous person imparting this knowledge to her students. What I found helpful was how she encouraged people to develop their own ideas. I am really looking forward to the next course.

Ann Gillespie, Bristol, UK

AS a tutor of many years standing, Bella is very skilled at finding the way that each individual can respond best  to the riches on offer, and very generous in sharing her technical skills with us. After about 4 previous visits, I know I can rely on her for inspiration, skill and understanding....So here's to next year in Casole!

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