Portfolio show

My Portfolio show at Wylam was enjoyed by all who attended, judging by the positive comments and the number of artworks sold.

I really enjoyed the day, meeting up again with several old friends who had made a special trip to see my work and chatting to new collectors.

I will be doing other portfolio shows in the future. If you were unable to attend this event, you will have other portfolio shows you can come to in the next few months.

At each new show I will be placing additional ‘new’ artwork in my portfolios.

New outdoor sketching sessions starting this Wednesday the 9th of May

 

Throughout the summer Jason is offering sketching and painting lessons out of doors.  This is your opportunity to work alongside Jason, who will demonstrate methods of capturing the scene for you to try. 

Many of us would love to take our sketch books and draw when we are out and about, but feel self-conscious or a little afraid drawing on our own. Working in a group outdoors offers strength in numbers and can bolster your confidence. 

Each week a new sketching location will be posted on the blog and facebook.

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Rome holiday was so much fun!

Here are a few pictures from the Rome Holiday I took on my phone. It was a delight to teach and take part in. I am really looking forward to the Ravenna holiday. Check out the details on the holiday section of this website and sign up before all the places get snapped up.

Some snaps from working at the Villa D’este

 

plus of course the well deserved ice cream

This shop sold some of the best ice cream i have ever tasted…… so we went on the way up the hill and on the way back down.

 

Details of our new holiday in Ravenna, Italy.

Jason Skill (artist and art teacher) and Antonella Rea (language tutor) are intending to run an educational holiday for those interested in drawing, sketching, arts and speaking Italian.

This holiday will take place in Ravenna. The mornings will be spent either sketching with our resident artist Jason Skill or attending a language course at Palazzo Malvisi, a well renowned school, specialising in teaching Italian to adults.

In the afternoons Antonella and Jason will take both groups to discover some of the less known sights of the city and admire the splendid Byzantine mosaics beautifully preserved in various churches and monuments across the city. Many of these mosaics and building are listed as World Heritage sites.

We will be flying British Airways from Newcastle International Airport to Bologna on Friday 28/09/18 and coming back on Friday 05/10/18

Full details found on the holiday section of this blog

Trip to Ravenna



Antonella Rea and I have recently taken a trip to Ravenna to check it out as a location for a sketching and italian langauage learning holiday. The weather was not great, with low temperatures and fine drizzle predominating, but we still had a great time exploring the sights and surrounding area.

 

The mosaics, which are the sights that Ravenna is most  famous for, are very beautiful and are enlightening about the evolution of the early christian church.

 

The city is quite compact, with most of the churches within walking distance of one another.

 

Local towns are a short train and bus journey away. They all have their own unique charm and character.

 

There are loads of great spots to sketch.

 

We will soon be announcing the dates of the Ravenna trip, which will be in the warm summer months, with costs in the coming weeks.

New Year – New art class

It’s a new year, so why not start a new art course or workshop? My courses start the 8th of January. Places are still available on some of my classes, which offer art education in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Meet like minded people experiencing the joy of drawing and painting. Make new friends and work you are proud of. Check out the courses and workshop pages to find out more…..

 
 

ROME TRIP

In the last few days Antonella Rea and myself have been to Rome to check out locations, accomodation and transport links, to make sure that the Holiday in April runs smoothly. It was great to be back in Rome again, a city I love, seeing some of the many wonders it has to offer. We also had the tiresome chore of sampling the local food and drink. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. Here are some snaps from the trip.

 

 

Holiday at Higham Hall

I had a great time at Higham Hall. Beautiful countryside, wonderful warm building with great food.



My students did some really great work in the short time were were there.  I was delighted with their progress and they seemed deservedly pleased with their work. Lovely people.  Students work:

I look forward to teaching at Higham again in the future.

Set Designer

I am currently set designing for a pantomime – Robin Hood at the Exchange, North Shields. These two videos show me working on a six metre section of decorative grasses that will cover a portion of the back of the stage. I painted all this this in one day !
 

It's Panto Time !

I painted this in one day – a 6 metre section of the scenery for Robin Hood at the Exchange, North Shields.

Posted by Jason Skill – Painting With Skill on Saturday, 28 October 2017

 

Panto Time (2)

More video of me painting a 6 metre section of the scenery for Robin Hood at the Exchange, North Shields.

Posted by Jason Skill – Painting With Skill on Saturday, 28 October 2017

Proposed Italian sketching/painting holiday – Spring 2018

Jason Skill (artist and art teacher) and Antonella Rea (language tutor) are intending to run an educational holiday for those interested in drawing, sketching, the arts and speaking Italian.
This holiday will take place in Rome. The mornings will be spent either sketching with our resident artist Jason Skill or attending a language course at Scudit, a well renowned school specialising in teaching Italian to adults.
In the afternoons Antonella and Jason will take both groups to discover some of the lesser known sights of the city and admire masterpieces of Italian art, with further opportunities to draw and paint and speak Italian.
We will be flying from Newcastle airport on either:
Friday 20/04/18 to Friday 27/04/18
Or
Friday 18/05/18 to Friday 25/05/18
For all participants the Holiday includes;
Accommodation in a B&B in the central quarter of S. Giovanni (walking distance from the Basilica of St. John in Lateran)
Transfer between Rome airport and the accomodation.
Guided visits in the afternoons.
If you are part of the art group your holiday will include:
Guidance in sketching with pencil, ink and watercolour (the equipment required will be lightweight and easy to carry in a small backpack)
If you wish, the chance to learn a little Italian with the help of the language tutor
If you are part of the language group your holiday will include:
Four days Monday – Thursday morning tuition at Scudit
If you wish, the chance to learn to draw and sketch under the guidance of art tutor Jason Skill
Not included in holiday costs:
Lunch and evening meals will be enjoyed in various locations chosen especially to allow you to try traditional Roman cuisine at affordable prices.
Any public transport in and around Rome.
The weekend will be devoted to sightseeing, exploring some of the many hidden gems in and around Rome, where you can use your language skills and do a little sketching.
The following Monday to Thursday will be more focussed on the educational aspects of the holiday, but not forgetting we are in the city of la dolce vita !

COSTS;  ( Flights not included -currently costing just under £200 from Newcastle airport with Jet2 )
If you are in the art group you will pay:
£ 550 if sharing a B&B room and
£ 670 in an individual room
If you are in the language group the price will be as follows:
B&B in shared room £720
Private room in a family home £770
B&B individual room £830
Please note that these prices include the costs of the language school.
ALL participants are asked to have personal holiday insurance
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.
Send an email to Antonella Rea ( antonellarea.kleist@gmail.com ) to express your interest, indicating which group i.e. art or language, stating your preferred dates for the holiday and type of accommodation you would prefer.
If you would like to travel with a partner who is not intending to take part in either of the educational programmes we can agree a price.
Ideally we need to receive this information by the end of November. At this point we will know the most popular dates and Antonella and I will decide if we have sufficient numbers to proceed with the holiday.
To confirm your place, you will have to pay a non refundable £100 deposit to Antonella Rea, payable by check or bank transfer by the 15th December 2017.
We recommend you buy your flights as soon as you have paid your deposit.

The White Lady

‘The White Lady’ will be performed at Crook Hall on the 22nd and 23rd of October. My painting for the poster is to be hung in the hall. I recently coloured a frame to match the artwork. Looking forward to seeing it there.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Painting for a poster

My friend John Seymour has written a play for the 800th aniversary of Crook Hall, Durham. The play is called ‘The White Lady’ – performances are on the 22nd and 23rd of October 2017 performed at 6:30 in the great hall. I have created some artwork for the poster. The brief was that the play takes us through time to learn more about mystery of The White Lady.
Crook Hall is known for its abundant gardens, hence the playful garden painting.

I have then experimented as to how it light look with text….this is not the final poster