Archives for September 2016

Art and teaching span the generations in Varvara’s family

Painting by Varvara Neiman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Among our exciting new painting tutors we are delighted to welcome Varvara Neiman, who’ll bring a Russian flavour to our teaching courses. She’ll be with us from Saturday 26 August to Saturday 2 September 2017 for a painting course in water-based oils, acrylics and watercolour.

*And don’t forget our Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on any of our fabulous 2017 painting holidays

Varvara, who now lives in Buckinghamshire, England, was born into an artistic family in St. Petersburg, where art and teaching were professions passed on from generation to generation. At the age of 18 she became one of the youngest students admitted to the world-famous Academy of Fine Arts, where she gained her Master’s Degree.

Her work combines classical discipline with a modern imagination. She is enthusiastic about painting en plein air and passionate about Cezanne’s famous quote: Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensation...” The enchanting watercolour above, Daumazan Promenade, was painted in that little town in South-west France. Her other genres include portraiture and life drawing, moving figures in watercolour — and her acclaimed cityscapes, capturing fleeting moments. Here’s her In the Heat:Neiman In the heatVarvara has been a popular and inspiring teacher for many years. She is skilled in oils, acrylics and watercolours and will teach in any of those mediums (water-based oils for easier transportation.) During her course there will be group demonstrations as well as one-to-one guidance. Varvara likes to create a friendly atmosphere in the group, encouraging students to share their experiences. Here’s a striking Varvara acrylic Lavender Field:Painting by Varvara Neiman a tutor at the watermill in Italy

Neiman H&SNeiman Daumazon promenade26 August-2 September Watercolours

with Varvara Neiman

To learn more about Varvara and her course at The Watermill, please click here.

 

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Courageous Colour (or Color) with Maggie at The Watermill.

ainting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We are delighted to welcome the celebrated Californian artist Maggie Renner Hellmann for her first painting course at The Watermill this June. More details below – and don’t forget our Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2017 painting holiday.

Maggie calls her week-long course here a Courageous Color Workshop and she says: “In this plein air workshop we will paint in various spectacular Tuscan locations. Our emphasis will be on learning and practicing the core elements of successful paintings – Color, composition, focal point, light source, values, positive & negative shapes, volumes, edges, brushwork & perspective, as well as how to use contrasts to give excitement and drama to your paintings and much more!

“All levels of experience are welcome. The medium is your choice*. Maggie will share with you her craft & knowledge of painting. She will help you to free yourself from old patterns and move toward more exciting color choices.” *Oils, acrylics, pastels and drawing mediums.

Maggie adds: “Come and share in the energy and inspiration of painting the Tuscan Landscape! A perfect blend of Art & Adventure!”

Maggie Renner Hellmann is a contemporary California painter who paints with love, passion and energy. Her work is characterized by a unique blend of loose, energetic brushwork and strong compositions of exuberant color. She says: “I love the joy of color and the poetry of brushwork.” Her acrylic above is of the evening light at Big Sur, California.

And this is ‘California Flatirons’:ainting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Maggie is also a knowledgeable and enthusiastic tutor. She’s been teaching for more than 15 years – and she loves it! Her years of experience in painting in many mediums have distilled her teaching to the core fundamentals that will help guide any painter toward success. She will encourage the beginner and challenge the more advanced.

Here’s some praise from some of her former students: “What I liked best about the workshop was Maggie’s approachable manner and encouragement, her clear understanding about color and light, her experience in simplifying landscapes and the discipline of first studying the subject in values – and how to make poetry out of a simple landscape.”

“What I particularly like about your teaching is that you seem to be able to distil the learning into meaningful chunks that are understandable and then you demonstrate the concept and have us practice it. Your methodology is very effective. I really like getting your feedback. You give it in a very helpful and constructive way and always let us observe you painting.”

RENNER H&SPainting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.17-24 June Oils, acrylics, pastels and drawing mediums

with Maggie Renner Hellmann

To learn more about Maggie and her course at The Watermill, please click here.

Come and take Maggie’s Color Challenge and share the magic at the mill!Macfie millstream reduced