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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 thirty years

or so after leaving school, he decided to take up art again. Ian began

with acrylics and oils but was never happy with his efforts. He wanted to

enroll on an art course at the local college but 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.

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

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

His unique style of combining accuracy yet direct brushwork injects a dynamic feel into his artwork. 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. Ian believes that anyone who is passionate enough about

painting can learn to paint. His relaxed yet informative 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. 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 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


Paint Dramatic Dartmoor, Rivers & Moorland Villages

Ian McManus

Paint Dramatic Dartmoor, Rivers & Moorland Villages

Double Occupancy £895

Single Occupancy £950

Non-Painter £640

Dates : 19th - 23rd May 2025

Media : Watercolour

Type : Location

Paint with Ian McManus in Watercolour in and around Dartmoor National

Park, where you will paint cascading rivers with rocks, panoramic

moorland views and beautiful moorland villages.