Following many years as a creative arts facilitator teaching art throughout Scotland, Steve offers participants support and encouragement,  leading them to find their own creative voice.

In March 2020, Steve 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 if 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.’

Steve says: ‘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.’

Steve teaches a wide range of classes from his studio and the project space at The Steeple, Newburgh, also at Forgan Arts Centre, Newport-on-Tay, Off the Rails Arthouse, Ladybank the Centre for Stewardship, Falkland, and is the watercolour painting tutor for residential retreats at Gartmore House, near Stirling. He also tutors 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.

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Steve is also now offering online support and tuition

Steve is fully disclosure checked, and has public liability insurance. References are available on request. See below for some of the workshops and classes on offer, and feel free to speak with Steve 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 Steve for further details, or requests.