Information About Mike - Ross-on-Wye teacher
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I am a professional portrait and still life painter in oils. I teach traditional old master techniques to any level of experience. If you have painted before I can help.
15 years running workshops in the South of England and the same time giving demonstrations and talks across the UK. I have also lectured at Universities, given key note talks and helped young people to develop their life skills. In a former life I helped businesses to develop their own skills in facilitating groups to generate ideas and innovations.
There are two things I look to achieve in a workshop. Firstly to be generous with knowledge in order to give students the techniques they come to learn. Secondly to build confidence and enthusiasm for their art. I do not believe in negative teaching and don't like the word 'criticism'. Instead I help my students to learn from the positives in their work and to apply their achievements to solving any difficulties they may have.
I am not here to tell people how they MUST paint. That is both arrogant and untrue. I show people how I work and then encourage them to follow their own path using any techniques I have shown them as they feel fit. Every artist is 10 x better than they think they are and it is my job to prove that.
My workshops are fun as well as hard work, and students come back to me many times. I love teaching and take huge pleasure from seeing the incredulous look in a student's eye when they achieve something they didn't think possible.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Cardiff college of art (1978) - BA honours in fine art and history of art (College) (✘ Not On File)