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Adele Wagstaff

Adele, 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 2017. 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.

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.

Since 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.

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.

See more information about Adele on her website:

Course details

Date: 21st October 2017

Venue: Bruges Belgum

Bruges with Arte Umbria 21 October 2017 for 7 days

Guests and tutors have been asking us for a long time to do a week long course in Bruges for a long time, so we are delighted to offer this trip to Bruges.

This is a superb addition to our courses. Adele Wagstaff, artist, tutor and art historian with a special connection to Bruges, is ideally suited to teach in this most beautiful Medieval locations.

The Medieval architecture of Bruges, with it’s many canals and bridges, spires and gables make it a jewel of Northern Europe. The city’s bustling centre, its two squares side by side; the Market Square and Burg Square are lined with picturesque gabled buildings while the impressive 13th Century Belfort towers high above the Market square.

Gallery of Paintings

Below are a selection of paintings by Adele, click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger picture.

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 Bruges 2017