At Tenuta di Poggiolame

Adele Wagstaff

Adele, a regular with us now and devoted tutor, and we are pleased to be running another course with Adele on 5th May 2021 for one week, with us at Arte Umbria, an honour to have her back!

Adele will be offering portrait and still life in oil, and printmaking, mainly dry point. There will be a life model for the week.

Adele 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.

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

Adele Wagstaff

Course details

Portrait and still life in oil, and printmaking

Course date: 5th May 2020

Venue: Italy

Course Price: £985

Non Painting Partners
Non participating partners are welcome if sharing a room with partner at Tenuta di Poggiolame, for the amazing price of £750 for all courses. Still no single room supplement.

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A selection of paintings:

Here are a small selection of paintings by Adele Wagstaff click on any thumbnail to see a larger picture: