Emily Ball at Seawhite
Contemporary Drawing and Painting Courses
Out into the landscape
Image: Simon Carter; Roadscape 1 (Emily Ball)
With the unfurling of spring comes the desire to get outside and feel the warm sun on your skin, revel in the sight of frothy blossom, carpets of flowers and the exciting sense that nature is waking up. The desire to get out into the landscape and capture the exquisite qualities of nature in paint becomes hard to resist! Here at the Seawhite studio we have two wonderful courses which encourage you to celebrate all that is joyous and life-affirming about working from nature. Emily Ball’s and Katie Sollohub’s ever-popular Summer School double-act (one course, two tutors!) is taking place in July. The theme of this year’s Summer School is centred on capturing the sights, sounds, smells and movement of daily walks to create a series of confident and dynamic paintings.
But first up is Simon Carter’s Geography of Paint which will explore ways of transferring the excitement of initial observational drawings into dynamic and energised landscape paintings back in the studio. This approach is the basis for Simon’s own practice, so students can be sure to benefit from him generously sharing his passion and expertise on painting from drawings made out in the landscape.
The Geography of Paint with Simon Carter, 4-6th May 2021, £140
Image: Simon Carter
“It can be difficult to see how to use the drawings we make. Whether loose notes in a sketchbook or more complete and considered, our initial drawings often have a life and spark that is easily extinguished in the studio.” (Simon Carter)
Comprised of three days of practical painting, this course will see students take a painting through different stages of development, changing and layering the paint - feeling brave and empowered to be confident and generous with it. The course will start with drawings made from the landscape - maybe from your garden, a local park or street, the beach or from a favourite walk - and will look at different ways they can inspire a free and experimental approach to the painting process.
“We will look at what is in the drawings, how we interpret them and ways to get things working in the studio. We will consider how the painting process is guided by continual reference to drawing. We will look at the decision making process and how to approach the painting with continued freedom and attack.” (Simon Carter)
Image: Simon Carter
With reference to his own studio practice, Simon will help you see how the ease and energy that is in drawing can be instructional in making painting. Students will be painting from day one, using exercises to explore the drawings they have made out in the landscape and discovering painting approaches that express and keep the excitement of those initial drawn observations. On day two students will build, literally and metaphorically, on the previous day’s work, creating tough compositions that considering both depiction and the abstract qualities of composition. Finally, on day three, students will find their way back into the painting: covering over, repainting and reconsidering starting positions, all the while considering strategies to keep the paint surface energetic and alive as it progresses.
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Walking the Land with Emily Ball and Katie Sollohub, 28 June - 1 July 2021, £250
“Fleeting moments of bird song, glimpses of shapes in the distance, moving shadows, the rhythm of our breath and sound of feet as we walk, a cold breeze against the skin, vivid light bouncing over foliage and flowers, the tangle and urgent chaos of Nature weaving and pushing forward through the seasons. These are some of the many ingredients that might inspire your work.”(Emily Ball)
Image: Emily Ball
This year’s Summer School is all about capturing the energy and freedom of studies made whilst moving outside, and finding ways of bringing those qualities into the studio to successfully create paintings that contain that same vibrancy. Over four days, Emily and Katie will show students how to move their work towards abstraction and get greater freedom and expression into what they do.
Image: working outside in the elements allowing the shadows and earth to become part of the subject. (Emily Ball)
Walking can be a daily meditation, good exercise and a way of connecting to Nature. This course shows you how to make poignant drawings and paintings about the things that you notice each day as you walk. Sound, Movement and Time will be the focal themes to help this exploration. Prior to the start of the course, you will have access to a set of short films showing you practical demonstrations and exercises - based around sound, movement and time - that you can do on your daily walks to make studies for the course. On each day of the course, students will be making drawings and paintings looking at the studies they have made, and responding to each theme in turn. On day one, students will work from their Sound drawings, exploring grids and repetition and how repetition brings about change. On day two, the focus is movement; creating visual poems in ink from mindful meditations on movement. Day three explores the drawings students have made about time, and offers opportunities to experiment with layers and materials. By day four, students will have created nine paintings, so the plan will be to extend the conversations between the nine paintings – looking at recurring marks and motifs - and start three more paintings, if appropriate.
“By the end of the course you will have some paintings that feel resolved, and a set of exercises and ways of working to help you keep the conversation going, encouraging you to keep working on the series until you have a real body of interesting and exciting work, reflecting your experience of seeing, and sensing, the landscape.”(Emily Ball)
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How does a live-streamed online course work?
Image – stills from Floribunda, Colour on Colour (Emily Ball) and The Working Landscape (Simon Carter/Noah Carter)
Each day starts with a two-hour live demonstrations and group exercises with an opportunity for a question and answer session afterwards. Each Zoom meeting is recorded by and a link will be emailed to students so that they can watch the workshop again in their own time.* In the afternoon students continue the work begun in the class and develop it further. At the end of each day students will be encouraged to email the tutor 2 photos of the work they have done that day. These are shared on an online gallery for the whole group to see (click here to see the course gallery section of our website). Sharing daily images of work also gives the tutor the opportunity to look at the work and tailor the workshop to every ones needs. Written feedback is given to each participant at the end of the course, in order to give students ideas for how to develop the strengths in the work. There is also a Facebook group page created for students for each live-streamed course so that students can add photos of their work and give each other feedback.
* If you live in a different time Zone and cannot attend the live sessions then you can work from the recordings.
Click here to find out more about our programme of live-streamed online courses.
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