Tuition

Having recently moved to the beautiful North Coast of Cornwall, I am now running small group art courses for all skill levels. I will be teaching from my own light and airy studio, providing step-by-step demonstrations, group and individual instruction on painting and drawing techniques, exploring a wide range of subjects such as; landscape, seascapes and water, still life, flowers and garden, portraiture, figure painting, animal and wildlife, townscapes and perspective, abstract and collage.  

I try to design the courses to be as varied as possible and demonstrate essential techniques in; watercolour, acrylic, oil, mixed-media, gouache, pastel, drawing, line and wash, pen and ink and charcoal.

 

All Courses are fun and informal, aimed at both beginners and improvers with plenty of encouragement throughout.

 

Come along, learn some new techniques and be creative! There is ample free parking and free tea, coffee and biscuits on tap.

 

Painting Courses and 1 day workshops information and prices:

Please note I will be running all workshops in line with current Covid guidance

See Workshop Safety Policy

Watercolour painting for beginners. Initial 5 week course:

A weekly painting course designed to inspire and help you build your confidence in a fun, supportive, friendly atmosphere.

Ideal for the beginner, the course will guide you through some of the key methods and materials used by watercolour painters. I will show you how to draw in a simple way, focus on compositional elements to improve your painting and help you understand principles of colour theory. By the end of the course you will have at least two finished watercolour paintings to be proud of.  If wished, I will offer follow up courses to take you to the next level. 

Maximum of 6 in a group. £125 per person.

Course begins Monday 1st November - Monday 29th November 2021  10am-12.30pm

Materials needed:You will need to bring along your own basic materials: watercolour paper, brushes and watercolour paints. I will provide a comprehensive list when booking.

Examples of paintings you could achieve on this course :

 
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Watercolour painting: improvers course. Initial 5 week course:

This course is ideal for those who have some experience of watercolour painting and wish to take their skills to the next level. Learn to hone your artistic skills and breathe new life into your paintings.

Maximum of 6 in a group. £125 per person

Monday 1st November - 29th November 2021  1.30pm-4pm

Materials needed: You will need to bring along your own basic materials: watercolour paper, brushes and watercolour paints. I will provide a comprehensive list when booking.

 

Examples of paintings you could achieve on this course:

 
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Line and watercolour wash. Initial 5 week course:

In this course you'll learn the effective technique of line and wash. Create eye-catching paintings - from simple florals through to more intricate scenes.

Maximum of 6 in a group. £125 per person

Wednesday 3rd November - Wednesday 1st December 2021   10am-12.30pm

Materials needed:you will need to bring along your own basic materials: watercolour paper, brushes, watercolour paints, permanent ink and and a few ink pens. I will provide a comprehensive list when booking.

 

Examples of paintings you could achieve on this course:

 
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Expressive pen and ink drawing. Initial 5 week course:

Learn how to create expressive ink drawings using a range of different tools.

In this course, you'll learn several techniques for using dip pens, brush pens, biros, ball points, natural bamboo, fibre tipped pens and technical pens. We will start with simple line drawings and progress to detailed cross hatching and tonal line and wash.

Maximum of 6 in a group. £125 per person

Wednesday 3rd November - Wednesday 1st December 2021   1.30pm-4pm

Materials needed:You will need to bring along your own basic materials: paper, brushes, black ink and some ink pens. I will provide a comprehensive list when booking.

Examples of paintings you could achieve on this course:

 
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Watercolour Flower painting 1 day workshops:

 

These 1 day workshops will build your skills so you can create expressive watercolour flower paintings. Learn the art of mixing, using different brush strokes and wash techniques and create paintings to be proud of.

Materials needed:You will need to bring along your own basic materials: watercolour paper, brushes and watercolour paints. I will provide a comprehensive list when booking.

Dates:

Friday 26th November 9.30am-3.30pm

Friday 10th December 9.30am-3.30pm

Maximum of 6 participants. £60 per person per workshop

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied but please bring your own packed lunch

Examples of paintings you could achieve on this course:

 
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One to One Tuition

 

I also offer private one to one sessions at Newmill Farm. One to one tuition is a great way to learn, you get undivided attention and encouragement to work at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere.  Prices start at £90 for a 2hr lesson.

 

*Bookings are being taken now and numbers are limited. Booking early is essential to avoid disappointment.

Phone: 07956 055878  email: micheleilling@aol.com or see contact page.

 

I will be offering more classes and workshops in the near future. Please stay in touch to keep updated.

Testimonials

"I have known Michele Illing for 2 years and have attended one of her weekly 2 hour classes, over that time.

Michele has proven to be fountain of knowledge in the use of all media and she sets a challenging assignment each week, to stretch all of us. Her watercolour challenges are both bold and delicate and show a great command of this medium.

Her teaching style is, to start with a fluid competent demonstration, which instills confidence in us all, which she then follows up with individual tuition throughout the lesson. She will often take a break from the subject to demonstrate a technique, or a 'trick of the trade', from a professional point.

I have been to other classes, but never felt I was being challenged as I am with Michele.

Michele has had a number of exhibitions over the years, where I have seen and admired her work before attending her classes. 

I wholeheartedly recommend her as a tutor and professional artist."

Yours sincerely,

Heather Renouf

"I have been a pupil of Michele's for the past twelve years, initially in an art class for 'beginners watercolour'. As a retired Geography
teacher, I was keen to put colour onto my drawings. I could not have chosen a better tutor. From the beginning, she guided the class through the properties of the medium and allowed us to experiment with challenging topics and effects, supporting as we went along. Always well prepared with several examples of the work in various stages of completion, she would then proceed to take the class through the painting, demonstrating the processes. Later, the class moved on to other mediums and we are gently encouraged to develop our own style and interpretation.
Michele's approach is calm and positive, always there to advise and coax one into finding the way forward, without taking over. Her references often take one out of the 'comfort zone', which is the very reason the students in her classes have been so loyal, challenging, kind and positive in her consideration of the work, she would be an asset to any organisation. Her own skills in art need no explanation, I feel privileged to be a student of hers."
Halina Martin .