Expressive Painting and Mixed Media with Bella Green 1 - 14 Sept 2018

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Course Information

Revitalise your painting with a workshop which offers a wealth of possibilities to bring texture, vibrant or subtle colour and unexpected elements into your work. Whatever your choice of subject matter, in or out of doors, this is an opportunity to explore different ways of combining media - paint - acrylic and/ or oils, dry media such as charcoal or chalk plus collaged elements and photographs. All will be used as options to create exciting and interesting visual compositions.

Gestural and improvised mark making and/or closely observed tone and shape studies will be starting points to delve into the descriptive and abstract potential of markmaking. Information from these observed studies or process based explorations will then be developed into more considered works. Different approaches to composition and colour will be offered, and the development of a personal palette is one of the aims; as is exploring the expressive potential of a richly layered painted surface with opaque, translucent and textured passages. Whether you are inspired by traditional or contemporary painting, mixing media can bring a freshness and new energy to your work.

For those who would like it, the use of the iPad with the ArtRage app will also be shown with suggestions for how it may be used for colour and composition studies and other processes useful in picture making. The workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. A full list of what to bring will be sent well before the course begins.

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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Testimonials from previous courses

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Graham Robinson, Reading,

"Bella's course in 2011 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 2012 course.

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