Emily Ball at Seawhite
Contemporary Drawing and Painting Courses
2019: End of year review
With teaching now finished for the year we wanted to take this opportunity to look back over the past 12 months. The dedication of our team of tutors and the passion and commitment of our students has made 2019 a truly wonderful year at the studio, filled with inspiring courses, fantastic exhibitions and a plethora of highlights. In this newsletter we wanted to pick out just a few of the gems that we’ve enjoyed this year.
Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the Seawhite Studio.
See you in 2020 for more painting and drawing adventures!
A Year of Drawing
John Skinner: 16 Beach Studies
In September we launched our Year of Drawing with a superb show of Seawhite Studio Tutor’s drawings in the Atrium Gallery. Drawing: Thinking on Paper represented a stunning celebration of all that is vital and beautiful about drawing. Throughout this year’s short course programme we continue to invite students to explore all the benefits and richness that drawing has to offer - with new materials, new processes, new exercises.
A great case in point is THE FIGURE: AN INTENSIVE EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING COURSE. This course represents a wonderful and unique opportunity to spend three days with three tutors, who specialize in charcoal drawing, film and animation. With two life models moving through a large studio installation, students will create charcoal and ink drawings from the models as well as from the animations they create. Packed with ideas, this course promises to open your eyes to the wonderful possibilities that drawing – and animation – offers your work.
For more information or to book your place, just click the course titles below and follow the link to the registration page.
The Seawhite Studio on Film
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Noah Carter to produce some truly inspiring films based around the courses at the studio. Last year, Noah captured the magic of the Summer School, and this May he returned to the Seawhite Studio to produce an exquisite film about the much-loved Floribunda course: from the gardens behind the flowers, through to transforming the studio into an exotic hothouse, and finally to capturing the development of students work from studies to finished paintings. If you haven’t already seen it, follow the link to watch the Floribunda film on our website.
We are delighted to say that Noah is currently working on another film for the studio. This time telling the captivating story of Nick Bodimeade’s Painting Pattern course. With contributions from students attending the course and filmed on location at Nick’s studio, we are looking forward to seeing the finished film early next year. What is so special about all Noah’s films is the way he is able to accurately capture the atmosphere and essence of each course, perfectly revealing what is so enriching and engaging about each one.
A Year of Amazing Courses
Selecting highlights from a year of inspiring courses, producing outstanding work by students who have met the challenge of each course with gusto and passion is hard! But we have decided to throw the spotlight on a couple of courses that sum up the joy, rigor and challenge that courses at the Seawhite Studio offer.
The first is the AUTUMN TREES AND LANDSCAPE course that saw students embracing nature and creating wonderful studies in the soggy surroundings of Sheffield Park for two days. A little rain doesn’t deter Emily Ball and Katie Sollohub! The students were encouraged to transform all that they had experienced on location into paintings that were full of atmosphere and sensation.
The second highlighted course is GARY WRAGG’s annual visit to the studio to deliver his three-day painting course. We are always thrilled to have Gary’s input at the studio and to see students embracing his approach of tuning into the rhythm of their own body through the practice of Tai-Chi. Working large scale without any physical subject matter, the students worked boldly and intuitively to create some really beautiful and confident large-scale work.
Both of these courses will be running again in 2020. For more information or to book your place, click the course titles below and follow the link to the registration page.
Where to start?! One of the reasons our tutors are so amazing at delivering courses at the Seawhite Studio is because they are phenomenally driven artists in all aspects of their practice – whether that be their own work or teaching. Here are just a few of their highlights from 2019. What an extraordinarily talented bunch of people they are.
Image credit: Zhang Shengbin
The theme of Emily Ball’s year seems to have been travel – with her amazing trip to China (see the last newsletter), international teaching trips to South Africa and Portugal, as well as adventures closer to home teaching courses in Yorkshire, Cambridge and Hampshire. The “On Tour” offer of the Seawhite Studio continues to expand, so if you have a bunch of like-minded artists and want Emily to bring her teaching to you, then check out the ON TOUR section of our website.
Simon Carter, Creek,2017. Watercolour, 42 x 48cm. One of eight watercolours I showed at Yantai Art Museum
In March Simon Carter was included in an exchange exhibition at Yantai Art Museum, China and in the return leg at Ipswich and Great Yarmouth in September. He also had work included in ‘Made in Britain’ at the National Museum, Gdansk, Poland in March.
Nick Bodimeade: Jug Yurple
Nick Bodimeade’s year has seen lots of new work made and a continuous programme of exhibitions including a studio show back in May. Other projects have included making the Painting Pattern film at the Seawhite Studio, and a new addition to the beach paintings that he was commissioned to make for the Chichester Medical Training Centre (Secured by James Stewart of Zimmer Stewart).
John Skinner: Mensonges qui corrodent - tient ses promesses - LXIXap - argile, encre, et huile sur toile - 166 x 278cm
John Skinner’s latest work is large, bold and informed by the idea of scientific images of the human form:"They are like imagined images of radio carbon dating samples – or doppler scans - or x rays - or echographic images. I saw a photo from an excavation of two skeletons holding hands - scandale ! they were both men." John exclusively teaches at the studio with the challenging and rewarding Master Class twice a year. He continues to produce fantastic paintings, working in his studio in the South of France. To see what he has been creating visit his website. http://www.johnskinner.me.uk/
In June, the Lanchester Research Gallery (Coventry) had a retrospective show of Gary Wragg’s work. The exhibition brought together paintings from different series in order to show the breadth of his visual enquiry. Follow the link to read more about this important show.
Katie Sollohub, Self Portrait Swimming
Teaching a "Drawing and Painting Interiors" course at Villa Lugara in Italy, together with teaching trips to Yorkshire, Devon and the Isle of Wight have all been memorable experiences for Katie Sollohub. In her own practice, she has enjoyed taking a quiet approach; painting without the pressure of external expectations – letting the work evolve and change in sometimes unexpected ways.
Julian Brown delivering a talk about his work at the Gdansk Academy of Art
Julian Brown’s 2019 highlight was an exhibition he had in the Gdansk (Poland) and talk at the ‘Gdansk Academy of Art. Here he explains why his show was so poignant: “My painting ‘A fairytale of Gdansk’ – which was shown at the John Moore’s exhibition in 2016 – was made about my heritage so it felt it was destiny to have a show in the city.”
Helen Turner, Head
In July, Helen Turner won the Eastbourne Arts Circle Sculptural Commission. ‘Head’ was exhibited in the gallery’s main window and made use of UV light so that passers-by could experience the sculpture 24 hours a day.
Jasper Conran standing in front of Gary Goodman's painting 'At the Zoo'
In November Gary Goodman's painting ‘At the Zoo’ not only won the category award at the Marshwood Art Prize, but it was also chosen by Jasper Conran to win the Collectors Choice Award.
The newest Member of The tutor team - Debbie Field - has also had a busy year, teaching at the University of Capetown, hosting Emily’s annual painting courses in South Africa, and exhibiting her latest work in a group show in November.
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