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Holidayof the month PAINTING IN ITALY

Nola Tegal from Australia painting in Umbria

Sheila de Vries has been running painting holidays in Italy since 2004, building up a loyal following with more than 85 per cent of her guests returning each year. Such success can be attributed to Sheila’s great attention to detail – getting to know exactly what guests want from the holiday before they arrive; selecting high quality hotels that provide a luxurious experience and excellent food; a team of highly experienced tutors, including Diana Ali, mentor in the BBC Great Painting Challenge, painter, writer and public speaker, Fiona Graham-Mackay, and popular artists and authors, Christopher Forsey and Joe Dowden; stunning locations; and Sheila’s ability to bring together a group of likeminded people in a stimulating, yet relaxed atmosphere. She is on hand at all of the holidays, ensuring everything runs smoothly.

As winner of The British Travel Awards ‘Best Single Holidays’ award, the holidays are ideal for guests travelling alone. All rooms are double, with en-suite facilities and no single supplement charged, and Sheila takes great care in making single guests feel comfortable. Groups are kept to a maximum of ten to ensure plenty of one-to-one attention. All media are covered, with easels, chairs and supports provided, and all levels are welcome. Four hours of tuition each morning leaves guests with afternoons free, either to continue with their painting, or to go for a swim or visit the town if preferred. Locations coming up in 2019 include: Lucca in May; Umbria, Cortona, Tuscany and Lake Garda in June; Tuscany, Umbria and Florence in August and September; Venice in October; and a Christmas holiday to Florence in December.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter, the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Watercolour highlights include how to paint: a colourful toucan, a complex interior scene, simple flowers and figures. Tim Fisher also begins a six-part series discussing the merits and uses of his favourite colours with a focus on cobalt teal in watercolour this month. Follow nine simple exercises and prompts to develop your painting skills with acrylics and follow a step-by-step demonstration to paint an avocet using heavy-body acrylics. Discover a new style as you paint an acrylic inspired by the travel posters of the 1930s and discover the power of coloured pencils and pen and ink . Plus lots more.

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OVER TO YOU FOR THE LATEST NEWS ON CLUB EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES
If you would like to see your art group’s winning paintings
Jane Stroud’s selection of works from our PaintersOnline gallery
FEATURES
Part 1 Tim Fisher begins a six-part series, discussing the merits of his favourite colours – this month, add vibrant colour to your paintings with Golden’s cobalt teal
Part 1 Bring your paintings to life as you fill them with figures, by Stephen Coates
Part 4 Let your fancy take flight while you paint a colourful toucan in watercolour on a collaged background, with Liz Chaderton
How to approach a complex scene and make the most of watercolour’s transparent and vivid colours with gouache and ink, by Adrienne Parker
Part 4 Nine simple exercises and prompts to help develop your skills and understanding of acrylics, with Steve Strode
Part 2 Alan Taylor takes you through the painting of one of his iconic images, inspired by travel posters of the 1930s
Part 6 Consider your coloured-pencil pictures as heirlooms when you choose to work on the correct surface, by Judith Heilbronn Crown
Combine watercolour with gouache to paint vibrant, lively colour sketches, with Sarah Wimperis
Part 6 Linda Birch begins her look at water-based media with tips and techniques for painting with watercolour
Last year, Leisure Painter and artist-explorer David Bellamy invited readers to participate in a six-month sketchbook challenge. In each issue, David set a task for readers to complete in a journal-sketchbook and offered practical advice on how to tackle it. Here are the six winning entries.
OFFERS, NEWS AND COMPETITIONS
Organised by The Artist and Leisure Painter in association with Daler-Rowney, who will provide each student with over £55(rrp) worth of materials for each session
Part 1 Michelle Campbell begins a seasonal series with a look at how to begin a nature diary this spring
Part 1 Try Graham Cox’s challenge to paint a Lakeland barn and trees in high summer from a photograph using a small selection of pastels and pastel pencils
Part 6 Anne Kerr concludes her series on pen and ink by showing the techniques she used to tackle the challenge from last month
Part 2 How to paint an avocet using heavy-body acrylics, by Jackie Garner
Organised by The Artist and Leisure Painter in association with Daler-Rowney who will provide each participant with materials for each session worth over £56(rrp)
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