Herman Pekel is travelling from Melbourne, Australia to teach his incredible watercolour style here in Scotland, I believe, for the first time. An opportunity not to be missed, Herman is internationally acclaimed, having won many awards, seeing his work in many publications and, in the UK, has several videos produced by APV Films.
Workshop places are limited and are sure to fill up very quickly. Herman will teach both in the studio and outdoors on location, known as En Plein Air, for a full five days.
The workshop is fully residential and includes accommodation, breakfasts and dinners. We will have exclusive use of the Woodside Hotel in Aberdour, Fife.
Have a look at some of the local scenery to give you a taste of what to expect regarding subject matter.
Herman Pekel was born to Dutch parents in Melbourne, Victoria in 1956.
The art teachers of Herman’s youth, Roger Webber, Ernest Buckmaster and Lance McNeill were all primarily oil painters, but the experience of painting with them on location left a strong impression on Herman, giving him the freedom of spontaneity and leaving him an intuitive painter, ultimately working from the light source.
Herman painted spasmodically until 1981 before commencing a Fine Arts degree at RMIT and studying under Dale Hickey and Jeff Makin. Like many young artists Herman experimented for a time with abstract expressionism, but he is now well known for his oils and watercolours. Herman is an artist of energy and enthusiasm. He is able to see a painting in almost any subject matter and is capable of producing award winning work in oil, watercolour or gouache.
Environmental issues are a great concern to Herman and his love of the landscape reflects that in almost everything he paints. He produces paintings of strong design and powerful impact – every brushstroke vibrant and visible. The scope of Herman’s work has ranged from dynamic industrial scenery to soft, draped interiors and broad Australian landscapes, which indicates the creatively fearless nature of this unique artist.
Below are some examples of Herman’s work. You can see more about Herman and other paintings on his website
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Hotel accommodation for 6 nights, commencing Sunday at the Woodside Hotel, Aberdour, Fife, Scotland.
Six evening meals commencing Sunday
Six breakfasts commencing Monday
5 painting days with tuition from Herman – Monday to Friday
including instruction indoors in a private room plus various locations in the surrounding area.
Wind up session and critique on Friday afternoon
Transport for artist students on painting days to venues in minibus.
Help and assistance in planning your journey to the venue.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Travel to/from the hotel venue. However, Aberdour Railway Station is just a few hundred yards from the hotel. Pick up from Edinburgh Airport may be available subject to arrival times.
Insurance – you are strongly advised to arrange adequate holiday travel insurance covering you for this type of holiday. Travelling without insurance is not recommended.
Transport for non-painting partners on painting days. It may be possible to agree sharing a car(s) between non-painters but the minibus can only accommodate the painting students and instructor.
Drinks during meal times. These are at your own expense.
Art materials – students must supply their own equipment including that suitable for painting outdoors on location. It may be possible to rent or buy some items, if arranged with the organiser prior to the workshop.
Prices and how to book
Please read carefully what is, and is not, included before committing to this workshop to ensure it meets your needs. You can also review our general terms and conditions using the links at the bottom of any page on this website.
Should this workshop have to be cancelled completely due to unforeseen circumstances you will, of course, have your payment refunded.
(must share a room)
The hotel has a selection of double, twin and single rooms. You will be asked to state your preference when booking. Where possible, your choice of room will be allocated to you but please understand this may become difficult as the workshop books up. The sooner you book the more likely you receive your preferred room type.
For those flying to the workshop the nearest airport is Edinburgh International, approximately 30 to 40 minutes from the venue, and the area is also served by very good rail and road links. Pick ups may be arranged from the airport subject to your arrival times. The nearest railway station, Aberdour, is just a few hundred yards from the hotel. The hotel does have its own car park.
This will all be discussed with individual students/partners well before travel time. We will endeavour to make your journey as easy as possible and offer suggestions regarding local transport. We are here to help.