Emily Ball at Seawhite
Contemporary Drawing and Painting Courses
Constructing a Landscape Painting & Gestural Drawing
Image: Constructing a Landscape painting (Joe Packer); Embodied Drawing (Andie Clay)
Inspiring tuition lies at the heart all that we do at the Seawhite Studio. We are proud to offer courses led by artists who generously share their knowledge and passion for their chosen subject. It’s what makes the courses so energizing and productive for the participating students.
In this newsletter, we have news about two new online courses delivered by award-winning artists. Katie Sollohub received the prestigious accolade of winning first prize in the 2020 Derwent Drawing Prize, and Joe Packer won the 2018 Contemporary British Painting Art Prize with his evocative and richly layered landscape paintings. Click here to read Matthew Collings’ essay about Joe’s prize-winning paintings.
We are thrilled to be welcoming Joe to our team of tutors and are confident that his pre-recorded course Constructing a Landscape Painting holds huge appeal and relevance to many of you. We’re also delighted to be re-running Katie’s hugely successful Embodied Drawing course; a live-streamed, large-scale gestural drawing course that fired up participating students and generated lots of interest from artists following the course’s development on social media when it was first run in October.
In our online programme of courses, we have two formats of courses on offer: live-streamed and pre-recorded. The live-streamed courses take place at a fixed date and time, using Zoom video-conferencing. Each course has its own Facebook group for students to share and comment on one anothe'rs work, and the tutor discusses students’ developments during the course and some courses provide individual feedback.
CONSTRUCTING A LANDSCAPE PAINTING | PRE-RECORDED ONLINE COURSE | TUTOR: JOE PACKER | £130
Image: still from Constructing a Landscape Painting film (Noah Carter)
"When Emily asked me if I’d be interested in making an online course, It was an interesting challenge to think how I would go about this in a way that would be both useful to subscribers to the course and relate to my own practice. The decision to make the course about landscape, and the idea of constructing a painting from gathered visual information, came relatively easily."~ Joe Packer
Constructing a Landscape Painting is a three-day course during which you will ‘construct’ four large (A1+) paintings using visual material gathered from a variety of sources. Students will be asked to choose either their home, or an outside space such as their garden or a local park or wood. This visual material will include the making of quick drawings and paintings on paper, recording interesting forms, light and shadows, and the collecting of any objects and artefacts that would present interesting shapes and forms to work from. This accumulated visual matter will then be used as the starting materials and basis with which to embark on the paintings, which will be made by employing a whole variety of methods, including: collage; experimental mark making; glazing; and paint transfer methods. Each day will begin with a one-hour introductory video that will explore these different processes.
"The challenge of how to verbalise an intuitive painting processes, and what I was doing, on camera proved to be a very insightful process for me in terms of re-examining how I approach making a painting. Hopefully this insight and the content of the course will open up new approaches and avenues for students pursuing their own painting journeys." ~ Joe Packer
Image: stills from Constructing a Landscape Painting film (Noah Carter)
"Through the course, students will explore the idea of a painting being both something that can both evoke the feel, or atmosphere of a place without trying to depict it in a literal way, whilst also trying to make something that functions as a self-contained thing in its own right. Its existence justified by its own internal ‘visual poetry’."~ Joe Packer
Image: still from Constructing a Landscape Painting film (Noah Carter)
The purpose of the course, is not to make a great painting (although that’s not to say you won’t), but rather to explore paintings exciting potential. Students will work on paintings simultaneously in order to avoid preciousness and the idea of ‘a final finished piece’. By the end of the course students will have explored the idea of ‘building a painting’, considering it as a self-contained thing in its own right with its own intrinsic space and internal visual logic. They will also have established how visual decision making (that evolves, changes, and remains fluid during the making process) can lead to a much more interesting painting than trying to execute a pre-planned idea.
For more information and to download the course, please click on the image below
Image: Final Painting created by Joe Packer during the filming of Constructing a Landscape Painting
To find out more about Joe's work, visit his website: https://joepacker.blogspot.com/
EMBODIED DRAWING: THE STORY SO FAR AND NEXT STEPS
Image: Sonja Kopar and Anita Murray, students on Embodied Drawing live-streamed online course, October 2020
It was fantastic to have Katie Sollohub back at the Seawhite Studio in October, sharing her passion for innovative and experimental approaches to drawing. Over the years, Katie has delivered a wide range of courses that have pushed and explored the potential of drawing, using different mediums, forms and scale.
Image: Janet Symmons
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It's really helped to unblock an impasse in my thinking, together with giving me "permission" to integrate meditation and yoga into my art work." ~ Janet Symmons
The Embodied Drawing course was live-streamed from the Seawhite Studio and explored the physicality of drawing on a large scale. Using exercises and guided meditations, students worked large and freely, involving body and breath. Creating two or three large scale drawings, Katie encouraged students to working intuitively; connecting the process of drawing to their own physicality in order to harness the power and sensations of the body to create marks. Rather than product, the focus of the course was about process and students discovered fresh ways and exciting ways of working from the figure. Here are Katie’s reflections on delivering Embodied Drawing:
“I loved having the space to work large and freely with basic materials. Emily and I enjoyed being performers, clowns even! Both of us in wigs, high heels and feather boas, using costume to change our relationship to body and movement. We didn’t worry about people watching and strived to convey a sense of fun through the screen. Video-conferencing was helpful in generating lots of discussions, and using Zoom breakout rooms allowed people to have conversations in smaller groups - something that is more difficult in a larger Zoom meeting.”
Image: Emily Ball and Katie Sollohub, Embodied Drawing, October 2020
“It was great to see the work people made - so large, expressive, exciting, and personal to them. Delivering the course online meant each artist was in their own space and maybe this meant they were able to let go more and play, without being in a shared studio.” ~ Katie Sollohub
Image: Andie Clay
"I really enjoyed pushing myself on this course. Felt I climbed a mountain but hey the view from the top is grand. Got so many ideas to play and experiment with now and have been in my studio constantly since the course ended. A real sense of release from self imposed tram lines, and of moving on. Working on this -for me - epic scale feels so right." ~ Andie Clay
To see more work created by students participating in this course, click on the image below
EMBODIED DRAWING| LIVE-STREAMED ONLINE COURSE | WITH KATIE SOLLOHUB | 18-20 JANUARY 2021 | £165
Image: Katie Sollohub and Emily Ball, Embodied Drawing October 2020
We loved running the Embodied Drawing course last month. As Katie has described, the atmosphere in the studio and online was playful and joyful. It felt like an opportunity to fully immerse oneself in the creative process. The positive feedback from students, together with interest from other artists on our social media feeds created a real buzz around the course and convinced us to run it again (OK, we didn’t need a lot of persuading!).
So why not shrug off the January blues and join us for three days of experimental drawing, letting go of creative limitations and allowing yourself to engage and play with the physicality of drawing. It will definitely be a fantastic kick start to 2021!
For more information and to book a place, please click on the course title below
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