2109 course dates May 5 - 9
2020 course dates April 26 - 31
Watercolour, 'plein air' and studio based
Ian McManus I.E.A. is a very popular and sought-after watercolour tutor who teaches both ‘en plein air’ (weather permitting) and indoors in the studio. He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to his workshops, paying individual attention to the needs of each student – thereby ensuring that his lessons are thoroughly enjoyable. Many students praise him particularly for the immediate and ongoing improvement they find in their own painting.
Ian is completely self-taught – his reputation has grown following his highly acclaimed solo exhibitions over the last few years. He became Member of the Institute of East Anglian Artists after his entry won the Picture of the Exhibition award, and in 2014 he was pre-selected for the RI Exhibition of watercolour painters. His subjects range from landscapes and rural scenes to bustling street scenes where his use of dramatic effects of light and shade is enhanced by his confidence to incorporate figures.
He continues to develop his technique and believes that this gives his paintings a transparency and a freedom of expression which is so desirable in watercolour.
I was taught by a very inspirational teacher many years ago at college, and although I have developed my own style over the years, I find it very rewarding to help my students to achieve their full potential in my workshops and on Art Courses.
I am happy to base my teaching in the studio, where I can demonstrate techniques and give individual attention where necessary, but I enjoy painting ‘en plein air’ when the weather allows, and we shall be going out and about, taking notes and making sketches in some of the beautiful locations available near Big Sky Art courses at Brancaster.
I work continuously to extend my own skills in watercolour; I like to apply paint directly to the paper without overlays of washes normally associated with watercolour painting, and I believe this gives each painting transparency and freedom of expression.
Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss aspects of my courses in April and November 2018, and visit my website to see more examples of my work.