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Our course tutors

Our creative courses are led by superb, top class artists and tutors (all extremely friendly and approachable) who will give individual students the benefit of their extensive experience and skills, giving you the perfect opportunity to learn technique, explore a variety of media and realise your potential.

Grahame Booth

Grahame Booth lives and works in Belfast. He paints only in watercolour and his success in the medium is reflected in the many awards he has won.

Grahame started to paint in his early 30s and the fact that he clearly remembers the problems and frustrations of learning the medium helps to make him a particularly sympathetic tutor, eager to pass on lessons and techniques proven to ease the way.

His website is a great resource for the watercolour painter and his You Tube painting channel has well over 15,000 subscribers.

He is a past president of the Ulster Watercolour Society and has contributed many published articles to painting magazines and books in the UK.

It is his intention that you will leave us inspired with new knowledge to help you better understand this elusive medium.

He is leading our trip to Granada in 2017 and he is very excited about tutoring our 10 day painting course in Udaipur, India from 25th October.

Kelly Medford

Kelly Medford is a classically trained oil and water colour painter who specializes in Italian landscapes and citys capes but loves to experiment with a wide range of subject matter including still lives and interiors. Kelly is able to tutor and mentor in all styles and mediums and always brings something new to each course, and the best out of her students.

Kelly has studied and shown her work in both Europe and the United States and has completed a number of private commissions in the past year. She has been placed in the top 3 for plein air 'paint outs' in Italy and participates in plein air events regularly in the U.S. where she most recently won the St. Simon’s Landtrust award for best painting.

Kelly's 'joie de vivre' bring an extra element to all her courses, with some highly original, but effective, learning techniques. You can see her work on her website

Kelly will be running two courses with us, at Arte Umbria 21 June and Marrakesh on the 17 March 2018.Also joining Belinda Biggs in the Himalayas in 2018

Paul Alcock

Paul Alcock, renowned for his landscapes and town images is leading our painting week in Barcelona 2017.

Paul lives and works in Southend on Sea, Essex where he's enjoys a successful career as an artist and popular tutor.After completing his foundation studies in Art and Design at Southend College of Art; a degree in Fine Art – Painting followed at Camberwell School of Art. Since then Paul has exhibited in a range of exhibitions in London and the south east. He has also completed several commissions in recent years for organisations including Sept NHS trust, South Essex Homes and London Gateway.

The main body of Paul's work is executed in oil. The sheer joy of painting and drawing the beauty of the world around him, from direct observation, provides the drive behind his work. Sketching has also been an important part of Paul's working process. He works from a wide range of subjects and believes in following his instincts when it comes to choosing themes. He particularly enjoys subjects with an interaction of contrasting elements, such as the man made and the natural world, and the play of light, colour, rhythm and movement are important factors influencing his choices.

If you'd like to see more examples of Paul's please have a look at his website.

Adele Wagstaff

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.

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.

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!

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

Tim Wilmot

Tim Wilmot specialises in beautiful, vibrant watercolours, exploiting the medium with tone and light. He has painted all his life and especially loves to paint landscapes and is also well known for his water, harbour and boat paintings making him the perfect tutor for our Venice course.

Tim paints in a loose or impressionistic style influenced by the styles of other artists like Wesson, Yardley, Castagnet and Zbukvic.

A regular exhibitor in the South West, especially the Bath Society of Artists, Tim has won many regional painting competitions in recent years. As well as being active with painting demonstrations both inside and plein air, Tim has a very active online presence with over 14,000 YouTube followers to his channel and runs regular online demos to attendees from all over the world. Tim love’s to impart his knowledge and skill and enjoys encouraging people in their journey into watercolours.

See a vast selection of Tim’s paintings on his site at

Belinda Biggs

Belinda will be joining us and running a course in the Himalayas in 2018 - "Painting in the foothills of the Himalayas". Kelly Medford will also be joining us on this exciting course!

Belinda exhibits several times a year and has won many awards for her painting and drawing, including selection for the prestigious 'Focus on Nature XIII' at the New York State Museum, the 'Mortimer Art Prize' (the very best in realism) and the Margaret Flockton Scientific Illustration Award at the herbarium NSW and has works in private collections in Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Italy, Norfolk Island and America.

Belinda is currently teaching painting and drawing for the Tuggerah Lakes Kincumber Community College. Painting, drawing and botanical illustration classes at Morriset. She also runs workshops around New South Wales, and conducts regular painting holidays to Italy, Rarotonga, Norfolk Island and New Zealand.

See more about Belinda at:

Roger Dellar

Roger Dellar is joining us in 2018 to lead our painting trip to Udaipur, India. We are thrilled he’s ‘on board’!

Roger works from his studio in Surrey. He has a keen interest in people and their behaviour, and is fascinated by the way the play of light transforms a subject; either working in the studio or plein air.

He is a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Pastel Society, and The Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Since 1996 has been an active member of The Wapping Group. He has won numerous awards. He regularly exhibits in galleries in the UK and has had several one man exhibitions. Represented in USA by the Peninsula Gallery Lewes Delaware.

Our Courses

Arte Umbria in association with Painting in Europe are delighted to be offering more courses for 2017 and 2018. We are returning to Udaipur, India in October 2017. Watch out for our course, In the foothills of the Himalayas with Belinda Biggs & Kelly Medford in 2018.

New venues for 2017 & 2018

In conjunction with our sister site Arte Umbria dip into some spectacular painting courses with our talented and creative tutors.

Granada in 2017 with Grahame Booth.

Barcelona in 2017 with Paul Alcock,

Venice in 2017 with Tim Wilmot

Bruges in 2017 with Adele Wagstaff.

India in 2017 with Grahame Booth.

Prague in 2017 with Kelly Medford

Marrakesh 2018 with Kelly Medford.

Himalayas 2018
with Belinda Biggs.& Kelly Medford

India 2018 with Roger Dellar.

Jump in and out of painting, or you can take advantage of sightseeing, these art courses offer a luxury holiday for painters and non painting partners.

Indulge your senses in some spectacular painting courses and locations.

Non-participating partners welcomed at a large discount. Please see individual courses.

Ideal if you are travelling solo as NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT CHARGED!

To book a place on any of our courses please fill in the booking form

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