Adele Wagstaff

Adele Wagstaff portrait and still life at ArteUmbria painting courses in ItalyAdele, a regular with us now and devoted tutor, and we are pleased to be running another course with Adele in October 2017, in the beautiful city of Bruges - Painting and Art History see our Bruges page or our new website Painting in Europe for lots more details and booking information.

We are also proud to announce that Adele is now tutoring Anatomy and Life Drawing at the Royal Academy in London. An honour for her, and an honour for us to have her with us!

For 2016 we had a superb male life model who works at the Florence art schools, so life drawing will feature again in 2016. The new printing press was a great success. Adele's meticulous approach and love of the medium instill knowledge and confidence in students who have never tried printmaking before.

Life study by Adele WagstaffAdele is a painter based in London. She was born in Yorkshire and trained at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Slade School of Fine Art, and gained a PGCE in post-compulsory education with the University of Greenwich.

Following her graduation from the Slade where, in the life room, Adele worked from the nude in the sustained pose.

She continues to focus on the observed in her work. The human form, portrait and everyday objects and landscapes found around us are her inspiration.

Adele was Artist in Residence at Leighton Park School, Reading and she has undertaken a number of portrait commissions which have included Canon Geoffrey Brown, St Martin’s in the Fields, London and Lord Alex Bernstein.

Adele Wagstaff courses in ItalySince 2006 Adele has made regular visits to Luxor, Egypt where she has been working on a series of portraits in a small community on the edge of the town. This group of portraits have resulted in a number of solo exhibitions at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL.

Adele Wagstaff life and portrait studies in ArteUmbriaAs a violinist she has returned to the theme of musicians rehearsing regularly and she continues to have a number of residencies with the Rehearsal Orchestra in London and Edinburgh during orchestral courses. Most recently she has been working alongside the Chilingirian Quartet during residencies at West Dean College.

Adele has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the BP Portrait Award and her work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, Discerning Eye, Royal West of England Academy, the Canadian Portrait Academy, Toronto Canada and continues to exhibit regularly in London and throughout the UK. Recent exhibitions have included the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition.

Throughout the week at Arte Umbria students will have the opportunity to study the wonderfully expressive medium of drypoint etching; drawing on and printing from a metal plate without using acid. The inspirational setting of Arte Umbria will provide our subject matter for drawing and printing- it may be a view from the house or the olive trees in the garden, a still life arrangement or you may choose to work from the figure or portrait. There will be visits during the week and these may provide further inspiration for your work.

Alongside printmaking there will be the opportunity to paint the figure or portrait in a pose which will continue over two days using oil paints. Still life, or landscape may be studied if preferred. On one of the days during the week we will work from a still life arrangement, looking at all aspects from setting up a composition, colour-mixing, tone and colour temperature to building up a painting.

Adele teaches drawing and painting courses regularly at West Dean College, Putney School of Art and Slade School of Fine Art, including portrait painting, life drawing and painting and still-life.
Her book Still Life Painting in Oils was published by the Crowood Press in 2012 and she contributes to The Artist magazine and Artists & Illustrators.

Her next book ‘Painting the Nude’ also for the Crowood Press was published early in 2015. Both these books are available from Amazon.

Painting Holidays in Italy

BOOKING NOW FOR 2017 & 2018

Inspirational painting, drawing, stone carving/sculpture, stained glass, print making and creative writing courses in Europe and other exotic locations in 2017 & 2018, visit Italy, Spain, Venice, Prague, Morocco, Bruges, India and the Himalayas.

  • Master Classes and Painting Classes in Italy with Grahame Booth, Kelly Medford, Caroline Bays, Adele Wagstaff, Tim Wilmot, Paul Alcock, Belinda Biggs, Liz Chaderton, Roger Dellar, Paul O'Kane & Neal Winfield
  • Creative Writing course with Sue Moorcroft.
  • Stone Carving courses with Simon Keeley.
  • Workshop in Illuminated Manuscripts and Miniatures, with Claudia Tulifero.
  • Stained Glass course, with Neal Winfield.
  • Price includes tuition, art materials (if the course is at our home in Umbria), complimentary accommodation, food, wine and refreshments.

All inclusive from £985

BOOKING NOW For 2017 & 2018!

See our sister site Painting in Europe and other exotic locations with Arte Umbria.

  • Painting in Venice. Masterclass in Watercolour with Tim Wilmot.
  • Painting in Bruges. Painting and Art History with Adele Wagstaff.
  • Prague at Christmas. Masterclass in Watercolour with Kelly Medford.
  • Painting in India, with Grahame Booth.
  • Painting in Marrakesh, with Kelly Medford.
  • Painting in Granada, with Grahame Booth.
  • Painting in Barcelona, with Paul Alcock.
  • Painting in the Himalayas, with Belinda Biggs.
  • Painting in India, with Roger Dellar.



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