Emily Ball at Seawhite
Contemporary Drawing and Painting Courses
SEawhite Studio and COVID-19
With a heavy heart we have made the decision to close the studio for now. We are so sorry not to be running courses and seeing our students, but in line with the Government’s recommendations, we all need to stay well and avoid gatherings.
As is the case with all small businesses and self-employed people, the closure is going to hit us hard, and the future of the studio will be uncertain. Hopefully we can ride it out over the coming few months and be back with lots of exciting creative courses to inspire.
A magical forest in the studio created for the Experiments in Observational Drawing course with Simon Carter.
In the meantime, we want to focus on all the good things that being creative gives us on a daily basis. We have a wonderful community of artists, and feel we can continue to inspire each other through this difficult time if we think creatively and resourcefully. Together we can stay positive and keep painting and drawing – which for so many of us is essential to our well-being.
"We are stepping into the unknown and I find I am very grateful that I have my painting to focus on.
Looking quietly - pausing, putting charcoal or brush to paper. Watching the mark made by the tool and your hands. Observing how the materials spread, splinter, blend. Reacting and playing moment by moment. Drawing and painting I find is my best method of meditating. My head becomes quiet and time melts. I slow down, become absorbed and relish looking at the world around me. Time to appreciate and make." (Emily)
In a similar spirit, Seawhite Studio tutor Nick Bodimeade also has some useful thoughts on how we might approach the near future:
“Difficult times ahead. Without making light of the serious challenges we all will be facing, perhaps one of the few upsides is that there will be time for thinking and making. There is an idea that you are never so conscious of who and what you are than when in strange and unusual circumstances. You see yourself and the world afresh. So often what we as artists of whatever sort are seeking. So lets see this as an opportunity to make new, ambitious work.” (Nick)
Let's Keep Talking.
We want to keep the positive spirit of the Seawhite Studio community going, so are still going to send out our newsletters and post on our Social Media platforms. We want to find ways of way of keeping in touch with each other and to hear about what is happening in everyone's studios:
Please send anything you’d like to share with us to this email
We’re here for you.
As well as keeping in touch, we also want to support you in your practice. Emily is exploring lots of options:
“The wonderful Noah Carter is going to film me doing some demonstrations and exercises. These will be available online. I am also looking into how we can do correspondence courses for artists who may start to feel isolated. We are working on these ideas right now and will let you know as soon as we have something to share with you.”
If you have any suggestions of how we can support you in your practice, please do get in touch – as always we value your ideas.
We'll be in touch again soon. Stay safe and well,
Emily and the Seawhite Studio Team
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