Meet the Artist Peter Cronin

SONY DSCMeet our fantastic Artist Peter Cronin, self taught artist living in South Wales and turned professional in 2003 after a twenty-year career in structural engineering.

Peter is an elected member of The Royal Society of Marine Artists, the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales and the Pure Watercolour Society. So students can be assured of his credibility in his chosen painting medium. Peter believes in ‘actively’ teaching so his classes are full of critiques and advice, as well as analysis of established artists techniques and methods. He will demonstrate freely to explain a given method or technique but also believes that this information is there for the student to accept or disregard according to their own tastes and development.

He has developed his own unique teaching style and methods that ensure the classes are entertaining, whilst serious in their pursuit of artistic progress.

Peter is a traditionalist painting in oil and watercolour. When using watercolour Peter paints in the tradition of pure watercolour, using no gouache or acrylic, thus giving the luminosity of the medium full prominence. We are delighted that Peter teaches his skill for Vale Courses. 


Through the Looking Glass

Inspired by the Physic Gardens these beautiful pieces would look lovely in my home. Unbelievably these were designed and created on a One Day Course at the Old Hall Cowbridge. Learners spent the first hour exploring the Physic Garden, taking simple thumbnail sketches or some used their mobile phones to take a photograph. The lines and colours identified from their image were used to inspire their design in which to create their stained glass. The course enabled you to cut the glass safely and accurately, how to grind the edges, apply copper foil and solder together. The tutor Ingrid Walker was so encouraging and provided all the materials needed. All you had to do was remember to wear closed toe shoes and have arms and legs covered. A fantastic day out.  



My First blog post

This is my very first post. Blogging is a little out of my comfort zone so you will be going on a learning journey with me. My reason for using a blog is to really show off the fantastic work that is being achieved in our Art and Craft Courses. We have so many talented learners and tutors that I felt I wasn’t really doing my job properly or indeed giving them the recognition they deserve. Until now I have been busy posting on Facebook and sending out tweets but to be truthful its all hard selling adverts promoting our courses, when really the best form of marketing is to show you what you are missing out on. So lets get started.

Sally Perini