Available for tuition to individuals or groups (preferably no more than 10 in group). Rates based on distance from home base in Skipton.
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At: Embsay Village Hall, Nr. Skipton from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Ideal for those wishing to develop their watercolours
Saturdays 15th September, 20th October and 10th November 2012
Each lesson will concentrate on a simple approach to various subjects such as moving water, rocks, clouds etc. and will include completing a painting
There will be a maximum of ten in each class.
Cost: £8.50 per session (Includes Coffee/tea and biscuits)
- Future Tuition:
- Derek Stansfield
Derek was born in Yorkshire in the 1940s and attended Danum Grammar School and St John's College, York where he trained as a teacher. Most of his professional life has been spent teaching in the outdoors at outdoor education centres firstly as an instructor and then as Head of Centre. More recently he was one of eight Senior Inspectors throughout Britain with the Adventure Activities Licensing Service from which he retired in 2007, although still does some consultancy work for them.
Describing himself as a very late starter Derek took up painting in 2003 whilst awaiting a life saving heart by-pass operation. Taking to the activity he used it as a therapeutic tool in aiding his recovery and his interest has gained momentum since that time. He has developed his own style following workshops and courses with several professional artist including amongst others David Bellamy and Geoff Kersey.
His preferred medium is watercolour and preferred topic is landscapes. More recently he has produced several paintings using the unusual medium of coffee and in 2010 exhibited and demonstrated at the first ever UK Coffee Festival in Bath.
Derek divides his time between his home in Skipton, North Yorkshire, where he is Vice Chairman of the Cononley Art Club, and the Nature Coast of Florida, where he is a member of the Beverly Hills Art Group, the Citrus County Art Center and the Citrus Watercolor Club. He has exhibited and sold paintings in both countries and achieved several first prizes and blue ribbons in Florida. Derek along with his wife Terry was featured artists at the Chronicle Gallery in Inverness during 2008 and the Citrus County Art Center in 2009. He has demonstrated in both countries and is particularly in demand for his demonstrations using coffee as well as watercolour. He is available for demonstrations and tuition.
Formerly an outdoors activity instructor Derek has been used to breaking down activities into easily understandable and achievable elements in order for students to progress, whilst at the same time making them enjoyable. This he feels is an essential ingredient to any course of lessons. He brings this ability to his classes in watercolour and coffee painting.
Buildings, Landscape, Pyrography, Seascapes and Water, Skies, Trees and Foliage