Following many years as a creative arts facilitator teaching throughout Scotland, I offer participants support and encouragement, leading them to find their own creative voice, both online and face-to-face.
I work with beginners through to those more experienced, and anyone looking for direction to assist on their own inspirational journey.
If students are more experienced and familiar with materials, I approach things from a different perspective, so that workshops are always stimulating, fun, and fresh, no matter what level they’re at.
In March 2020, just before the Coronavirus lockdown, I held a weekend painting course at the National Trust for Scotland, Hill of Tarvit mansion. This is a participant comment left on Trip Advisor: ‘This art course was fabulous – Steve Bretel is a gifted artist and teacher and despite the group having a wide range of experience he managed to make the weekend stimulating and challenging for all.’
I believe that understanding the learner is key. My previous life in experiential education, combined with working as a commercial artist and maker has given me a unique set of skills that I now incorporate into my fine art work, and tuition that fully engages people in the creative process.’
With painting, I focus mainly on water-based mediums – ink, gouache, watercolour, acrylic and I also use graphite, charcoal and coloured pencil for drawing and mixed media pieces which I exhibit in galleries and at open studio events. Using a wide range of materials allows me to work in styles ranging from free, semi-abstracted natural and urban landscapes through to more detailed work in wildlife and animal portraiture. I also craft objects using natural materials.
I teach a wide range of classes from my studio, also at Forgan Arts Centre, Newport-on-Tay, Off the Rails Arthouse, Ladybank the Centre for Stewardship, Falkland, and am the watercolour painting tutor for residential retreats at Gartmore House, near Stirling. I also tutor at Hotel Leone in Italy as well as running other opportunities at National Trust for Scotland venues, and for Wild at Art and others throughout Scotland.
I now also offer online support and tuition via Zoom and Skype.
I’m fully disclosure checked (enhanced), and have public liability insurance. References are available on request. See below for some of the workshops and classes I offer, and feel free to speak with me about any other ideas you may have:
- Drawing & Painting Introduction – first steps for beginners
- Watercolour Basics – learning the fundamentals
- Collage in Painting & Drawing – combining different materials
- Printing Ideas in Painting – adding stamping and simple printing
- Big Brush Watercolour – loose and lively style
- Watercolour Plus – adding different mediums
- Line & Wash Style – outline ink drawing with thinned colours
- Pastel & Coloured Pencils – combining dry materials
- Chunky Charcoal – liberating and expressive mark making
- Acrylic Painting – straight from the tube and thin glazing
- Outdoor Sketching – on location
- Building up a Sketchbook – prior to painting or as its own art form
- Use of Colour – focussing on mixing and practical combinations
- Mixed Media – using dry and wet materials with collage
- Perspective & Composition – understanding the mechanics
- Family Classes – fun techniques to bring everyone together creatively
- Wildlife & Pet Portraiture – working from your own photographs
- Making Greenwood Utensils – spoons and spatulas using traditional carving hand tools
Subjects: Where possible I try and incorporate the interests of participants, for example:
- Landscape and the natural world
- Urban and architectural subjects
- Still life’s and flower painting
Contact Me for further details, or requests.