Henllan Mill School of Drawing and Painting
The Summer School was set up in 1982 by myself, David Wynn Millward, Artist/Tutor, and my wife, Jenny Nimmo, Children's Author, under the patronage of the late Peter Greenham RA, Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools, and with the permission of the Secretary of State for Wales.
Numbers are small, never more than ten students. Students come to work and improve their art with total immersion in the activities of painting and drawing. The tuition is traditionally Academic with radical elements. There is an emphasis on sensitivity of vision and observation using landscape, life models and still life to underpin this concept.
For the beginner, a series of lessons will introduce the student to the use of different media, e.g. watercolour, charcoal, pastel, ink, while at the same time giving them tasks and exercises intended to heighten their visual awareness. Behind this is the idea that is it important to be able to see things to a greater depth. It also helps to have a basic knowledge of colour theory, materials, media, perspective etc...
When we began the School, it was to provide a place in the countryside where painters would come and work, with basic accommodation and a routine of meals provided, with some slide shows in the evening. For some this is just what it is.