Landscape and Life with Julia Adams or Life and Sculpture with Nigel 2 - 12 July 2018


MONDAY 2ND July –THURSDAY 12th July (10 nights)


juliaadamsThis interesting course is aimed at students of all levels, from the absolute beginner to the more experienced artist. It takes place during Palio time, which sees the medieval hill top village of Casole d’Elsa come alive with processions, music and street parties in the lead-up to the race. There will be seven days of tuition, with a day off to enjoy the fun of Palio and an optional day or half-day trip.

The chance to work from our life model makes this a very special opportunity, and half the tutoring time will be spent working in the studio from her. Julia will encourage you to draw freely with a sense of fun and confidence, developing hand-eye co-ordination through short poses and more considered responses to the longer ones. We are fortunate to have a very experienced life model, Deb Pearson of the Bristol Drawing School and RWA.   She will be an inspiration to the sculptors as well who will continue working with Nigel in his sculpture studio.

When you are not working from Deb, there will be structured and unstructured time in which to explore a range of materials and techniques and to respond creatively to your chosen subject, whether found in the old Verrocchio house, the terrace, village or the stunning surrounding Tuscan landscape. Julia will offer interested members of the group the chance to explore painting with acrylics, using a range of media and techniques.   

bowlJulia has been visiting Verrocchio annually for the past ten years and although her work is deeply rooted in the human form, she has found the Verrocchio environment to be a visually exciting place that gives her the opportunity to develop her feel for light and colour.

A list of materials will be provided to encourage you to use the drawing and painting media you are familiar with, as well as

exploring new ones. A1 sheets of good quality cartridge paper will be included to enable you to work large in the studio. Although the course is focused on using water-based media, those wishing to work with oil paints are very welcome. 

geranTaught days will usually run from 9.30am-12.30, with breaks for lunch, siesta and perhaps a swim in the local pool, with teaching starting again at until 5.30 pm. The studios will be open for you to use throughout the day and evening. Lunch can be bought in one of the local bars just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Centre, or prepared in the Martini kitchen at the Centre with food bought from the local shops. Non-participating partners are welcome. See Activities page for suggestions of things for them to do.


Julia studied Fine Art at Dartington College of Arts and at The Bristol School of Art. She is a qualified Art teacher with over 20 years’ experience in Art Education, gaining anwrapped indian ink on paper 86 x 60 cm ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted for classroom teaching. In 2007 she started to live a creative life away from the art room: combining her love of art and travel, she became part of Adventure Cruising, teaching watercolour painting on the ships Spirit of Adventure and The Quest for Adventure. It was here that Julia discovered her enjoyment in teaching adults. Her life paintings have been exhibited in galleries in the South West of England, London, The RWA, Bristol, and nationally at the Affordable Art Fairs.

At present she is represented by Tinca Gallery in Portishead and this October will be having a solo exhibition Drawn from Life, the details of which are available on her website Julia is an Artist Network Member of The RWA.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

deb headshotAbout Deb Pearson - Life model

I walked in to my first life room in Feb 1996 in Kent and immediately knew “I’m home!” I have lost none of my passion or fascination for it and continue to model, primarily in Bristol and Bath, 20+ years later. For many years I modeled regularly at West Dean College and Edinburgh School of Art. I was the model in the Royal Academy life room featured in the BBC Omnibus programme about the controversial YBA’s “Sensation” exhibition in 1997. In 2002 I modeled for “Life Class”, a HTV production with Roger Conlon and Toyah Wilcox. I was inaugural in the first ventures of the Bristol Drawing School, originally set up at Paintworks by the sculptor Carol Peace in 2007, and still run my own untutored life classes for it's second home at the RWA. With 2 other local art enthusiasts, I set up the West Bristol Arts Trail in 2008 which is still thriving. I am a passionate and prolific art collector! More...


A wonderful chance for sculptors of all abilities to draw from the life model with Nigel and Julia and then translate it into sculpture with Nigel.  Use clay, papier mache, wax or stone carving.  Nigel has been sculpting for over 50 years and has a wealth of practical experience and understanding and appreciation of art.  More info on Nigel Konstam


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