“Working intuitively, drawing can be like a dance; full of movement, breath, weight, balance, repetition, grace, or even imbalance and clumsiness. By connecting the process of drawing to our own physicality, we can harness directly the power and sensations of the body to create marks." ~ Katie Sollohub
Images from drawing courses with Katie Sollohub at Emily Ball at Seawhite Studio.
With the weather turning chilly, news of further restrictions and a difficult few months ahead, it is easy to feel low and despondent. Establishing and maintaining a painting/drawing practice is an essential way of coping with uncertainty and change for any artist. At the Seawhite Studio we hope that we are offering ways to boost your creativity and help you feel connected to our supportive community. If you need an instant dose of positivity and optimism take a look at the latest Seawhite Studio film created by Noah Carter, where Emily outlines all the benefits of online learning and shares news about the new courses being offered online and in person at the Seawhite Studio in Autumn 2020. To view the film, click on the image below.
Image: still from Emily Ball at Seawhite Studio film (Noah Carter)
To find out more about our online courses, please click here
In this newsletter, we take an in-depth look at one of those new courses. Embodied Drawing is a 3-day online drawing course led by the fantastic and inspirational Katie Sollohub. Read on to find out more!
Embodied Drawing – an Introduction
Online Course: live-streamed from the Seawhite Studio |Tutored by Katie Sollohub 19-21 October 2020 | £165
Embodied Drawing is an online gestural drawing course that explores the physicality of drawing on a large scale. Katie will be delivering the course from the Seawhite Studio, where she can use the space to maximum advantage. Guided by Katie’s exercises and meditation, students will work on two or three large scale drawings, using their own body as a model.
The course is for students wishing to expand their drawing practice and find new limits by working large, freely, involving body and breath. With this approach to drawing, the process is more important than the product, however, the results may surprise and inspire students; helping them to discover a fresh way of working from the figure and reinvent their visual response to the physical body.
Image: Katie Sollohub (photographed by Sarah Ketelaars)
Katie will not be alone in the studio as she will be joined by Emily, who is looking forward to the challenge of drawing large and being a participant on the course:
"I went on one of Katie's courses last year and absolutely loved it. I admire her hugely as an artist and teacher. It was good to be on the receiving end of her teaching for a change. Her approach is calm, clear and meditative. In addition to this she is brilliant at creating processes that lead you into making work without angst and anticipation of the outcome. I am looking forward to working intuitively and expressively using my body as both the tool to make the marks and the subject to respond to." ~ Emily Ball
How does an online course work and what does it involve?
Image: Still from 'Painting From Drawing' film (Noah Carter)
You will be encouraged to work on 2 or 3 large scale drawings, which Katie will encourage you to experiment, layer, develop and change over the course of the 3 days. Each day will include a 2-hour live group tutorial, comprised of demonstrations, lead meditations, and guided exercises. There will be opportunities to ask questions and talk in smaller groups (using Zoom ‘rooms) with other course participants, just as you would in a teaching studio, about your own particular experience of the day/course. After the tutorial, Katie will offer suggestions as to how you might continue working on your own for the rest of the day, and at the end of each day you will be encouraged to share two images of the work that you have done that day on the courses online gallery. This enables Katie to look at your work and tailor the workshop to every ones needs.
“How much work you do is up to you, but we have found that these untutored sessions where people are working in their own space to be an invaluable bonus to the online courses - you are guided into the process, but then essentially, you are working alone in your space, which is after all where most of us work, and often get stuck. By working in this way for 3 consecutive days you might find some really creative breakthroughs occurring.” ~ Emily Ball
You say "Large Scale" – just how much room do I need?!
Image: Gestural Drawing course with Katie Sollohub
In this 3 day course you will need enough space to work large, ideally using both wall and floor space. It could be a roll of paper pinned to a door, and spread across the floor, or stuck to an upended table, with enough floor space even if it means working on the floor, under a table. Anywhere where the paper, and your body, fits, is going to be ok.
To find out more about the course and to book a place, click on the course title below
About Katie Sollohub
Image: Katie Sollohub (photographed by Sarah Ketelaars)
"Katie is an amazing teacher. She has a great ability to teach at different levels whether someone is hesitant or needs challenging.”~ Susie Dalton, Simply Still Life student 2017.
Katie is an inspirational teacher, using her own experiences and processes to help motivate others. Through her work, she documents and records the places she lives and works through drawings, paintings, performance, photography and poetry.
In 2014 Katie was awarded an Arts Council England grant to fund her year-long residence at JMW Turner’s House in Twickenham, which was later restored and opened to the public in 2017. Since then she has developed connections to other historic homes, including Alexander Pope’s Grotto, Normansfield Theatre, and Strawberry Hill House and West Horsley Place. As her reputation as an artist grows, she is also getting known for her private commissions, which she calls Roaming Residencies, whereby she is commissioned to make work about home and place in individual and family homes - starting with Danny House in 2012 and the most recent one being Barton Manor on the Isle of Wight in September this year. Often these domestic spaces, drawings and paintings of everyday spaces, form part of her exhibitions. In July 2020 she was invited to show at Moncrieff Bray gallery near Petworth showing work done during lockdown.
Specialising in drawing, specifically in charcoal, her work has received the prestigious accolade of winning first prize in the Derwent Drawing Prize in 2020 for her drawing Blue Bedchamber (Strawberry Hill House).
Blue Bedchamber (Strawberry Hill House), 2017 by Katie Sollohub
“When I found out I was the first prize winner it was such an amazing feeling. I was especially pleased to hear what the judges felt about the work, echoing my own feelings - that the process of drawing is integral to its construction. Yes, that is it - drawing is integral to all my work, the act of being in a space, looking, feeling, thinking, with eyes, hand and charcoal.” ~ Katie Sollohub
Katie's passion and belief in drawing as a fundamental part of her practice can be felt through the number of innovative and experimental drawing courses she has delivered at the Seawhite Studio over the years. She has incorporated film and animation into the drawing process, removed the perceived barriers between drawing and painting ,and encouraged students to experiment with form and scale when they are drawing.
"It is my firm belief that, through drawing you see the world better; you notice the small details, the beauty, the repetitions, the colours, the rhythms. You give yourself time, to pause, breathe, think, reflect, feel. And it feels good!" ~ Katie Sollohub
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