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Ian McManus

Ian McManus is based in Suffolk. Whilst at school, the only subject he was

really interested in was art. He has done a variety of jobs throughout his

life, none of which fulfilled the creative side of his nature and that's

probably why thirty years or so after leaving school, he decided to take

up art again. Ian began with acrylics and then moved on to oils but was

never happy with his efforts. He realised he needed to learn the art of

painting from the beginning again and enrolled in an art course at the

local college. However, the only course available was for watercolour, so

he thought he'd give it a go! From there on he was hooked on

watercolour and now paints exclusively in that medium.

He is mainly self-taught over 30 years with input from some of the best

known international watercolourists such as John Yardley, Herman

Peckel and Alvaro Castagnet. He is now an accomplished artist, a full

member of Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA) and sought after tutor

well known for both studio and plein air demos and tuition, being hosted

around the UK. His unique style of combining accuracy yet direct

brushwork injects a dynamic feel into his artwork.

Ian has recently produced a DVD and The Gallery Holt, a prestigious art

host in Norfolk, exhibit his annual show displaying over 50 paintings that

'capture the moment'.

Ian believes that anyone who is passionate enough about painting can learn to paint. It's a continual learning

experience, but very rewarding when it all comes together and you finish up with a painting you're happy with.

Ian's artworks span a wide range of everyday subjects from street scenes bustling with figures to tranquil landscapes,

all have a contemporary freshness hard to capture in watercolour.

His relaxed yet informative tutorial approach helps others get the most out of the challenging yet fascinating medium of

watercolour. Ian supports students with the technical and creative aspects of better picture making such as improving

drawing and compositional elements and creating a painting with a focal point and a sense of place. He helps students

achieve a good understanding of tonal values, clean direct paint application and confident brush strokes to bring a

greater sense of vibrancy, light and atmosphere to paintings.

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Paint the Amazing Light & Colour of the Western Algarve

Ian McManus

Paint the Amazing Light & Colour of the Western Algarve

Double Occupancy £1,450

Single Occupancy £1,595

Non-Painter £1,095

Dates : 13th - 20th April 2024

Media : Watercolour

Type : Location

Join Ian McManus on this exciting opportunity to paint in an absolutely

delightful place in the Western Algarve.


Paint Historic Wells & Somerset

Ian McManus

Paint Historic Wells & Somerset

Double Occupancy £875

Single Occupancy £995

Non-Painter £650

Dates : 1st - 5th September 2024

Media : Watercolour

Type : Location

Paint in the historic City of Wells and surrounding Somerset countryside in

Watercolour with Ian McManus where you will paint subjects such as

Vicar's Close with its stone buildings, Bishop's Palace with its moat and

the medieval market