RWA Course with tutor Stewart Geddes - "Locating a Personal Practice in Landscape" 23 - 30 June 2018

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 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.

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Booking and Prices


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 e-mail 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:

Saturday 23 June
Outbound travel day - please see TRAVEL section below
Sunday 24 – Tuesday 26 June
Tutored sessions, 9:30am – 12:30pm, and 3:00pm – 5:00pm each day
Wednesday 27 June
Break day. Self-led time in the studio, or an optional excursion* to local land-marks
Thursday 28 – Friday 29 June
Tutored sessions, 9:30am – 12:30pm, and 3:00pm – 5:00pm each day
Saturday 30 June
Return travel day


Participants must arrange their own return travel from Bristol airport to Pisa airport (outbound on Saturday 23 June, return flight on Saturday 30 June).

Recommended outbound flight Saturday 23 June 2018
EasyJet Flight number EZY6189
Departure – Saturday 23rd June, 10:50am
Arrival – Saturday 23 June, 14:00pm
Recommended return flight Saturday 30 June 2018
EasyJet Flight number EZY6190
Departure – Saturday 30 June, 14:35pm
Arrival – Saturday 30 June, 15:55pm

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

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