Emily Ball at Seawhite
Contemporary Drawing and Painting Courses
Transformation and colour
With Autumn having arrived in glorious colour, the Seawhite Studio programme, is in full swing, with a packed calendar of courses, events and exhibitons to bring colour, energy and inspiration to our painting.
The Master Class, led by John Skinner is a high point in the Seawhite Studio Calendar and students attending look forward to four-intensive studio days with John generously sharing his own experiences and approach to painting, together with high expectations for students to push themselves and work hard.
Jane Nash visited the Studio while the course was running and recorded John and the students while they worked. You can watch the video and get a real sense of the energy and innovation of this exciting course, in today's newsletter.
With a focus on colour and abstraction, artist and tutor Julian Brown offers innovative courses for Seawhite Studio students, bringing a fresh eye to traditional approaches. Read the review of this exciting artist, his courses and what his students have to say, with the opportunity to register directly on his courses - Colour - The Language of Dreams, in the Autumn, with only 2 places left and in the New Year and Spring 3 more of his courses, exploring surfaces, abstraction and water based paint.
There is nothing better than getting out and been immersed in painting and the colour that surrounds us in the Autumn. Join us on location in Sheffield Park with Emily Ball and Katie Sollohub for our brand new course, Autumn Trees and Landscape. There are only 2 places left on this wonderful 5 day course, so read more about it in our newsletter and book your place.
TRANSFORMATIONAL MASTER CLASS!
Colour - the language of dreams
Course dates: October 25th & 26th 2018 (Thursday & Friday)
Colour! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams'. (Paul Gauguin)
Colour is something as artist we often feel nervous or afraid of but used correctly it can open your work up to a kaleidoscope of possibilities. After many years of experimenting with colour I have learnt there are some fundamental rules that I keep coming back to that engage the luminosity and purity of the language. During the course we will be looking at how we can use colour with a little bit of theory but mainly taking a hands on approach working applying colour liberally and making our own discoveries.. Over the 2 days we will be looking at ways in which colour can open up your own work with key lessons about pigment, pitch, under painting, layering, transparency, opacity and luminosity.
The beauty of surface and grounds
Dates - January 29th - 31st 2019 Tuesday - Thursday
Cost includes includes some specialist materials
Initially exploring the beauty of grounds, the first part of the course will involve a number of different materials including paper, canvas and board. Starting with the support and then applying the ground, we will be examining how these elements dictate the paintings appearance, playing with different absorbency and touch.
We will then be looking at how you build surface through different textures, layering paint through the repetition of pared down marks, gestures and techniques. The inspiration for these marks could come from a drawing, a print, a small painting, a photograph or even a piece of music. Something that would inspire a movement, emotion, atmosphere or the rhythm of mark making.
Finally we will be looking at pattern and the layering of surfaces, using a combination of collage and paint. Exploring different processes like casting, printing, stencilling and lovely possibilities especially in conjunction with collage.
Over the 3 days you will have created a series of experimentally layered paintings along with a set of skills and techniques to inspire future work.
Opening The Door To Abstraction
February 25th - 27th 2019 (Monday - Wednesday)
Designed to give confidence in abstraction, the course will explore the amazing possibilities within the language. Rather than being too conceptual or tied down to a particular subject matter we will be liberated by ‘the stuff of paint’ and it’s wonderful qualities. This will essentially allow us to focus on the fundamental elements of how paint behaves, it’s surface quality, the texture, opticality, rhythm and colour.
Underpinning the course will be a number of talks simplifying the key elements of the abstract language, it’s processes and systems. Giving you the freedom to create your own dialogue with abstraction.
The course is suitable for all open minded artists and we will be working with paper and canvas.
The Allure of Water on Paper
Date - April 8th 2019 (Monday)
Cost includes paper and a selection of drawing and painting tools
Using a variation of scales including very large cartridge and watercolour paper we will be exploring the wonderful qualities of paper with both water based paint and drawing materials.
You will be encouraged to immerse yourself in the materials and look beyond the formal aspects of easel based painting, working on the walls or the floor with different implements to create a variety of marks and surfaces.
The day course will start with a talk on the importance of processes in modern painting and be designed to quickly explore the act of painting through some of these different techniques .
Paper, some drawing and painting implements will be provided. Although intensive the course doesn’t have to be too physically challenging.
Autumn Trees and Landscape Painting - Last 2 places available!
Autumn Trees and Landscape (NEW)
October 29th - November 2nd 2018 (Monday - Friday)
The price includes includes entrance to Sheffield Park.
Sheffield Park near Uckfield will be our inspiration for paintings. Famous for its beautiful Autumn colour; with its Acers, Nyssa, Taxodiums and Ginko trees. The reflections in the large lake double the impact and make the experience all the more magical. The garden has been influenced over the centuries by Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton. The course will start with 2 days working on location in the gardens making rich and exciting studies of the colour, textures and spaces; capturing not only what can been seen but also the sense of atmosphere, the smells of damp earth, the changing light and weather - all that is wonderful about working on location. The final 3 days will be back at the studio in Partridge Green making paintings from these studies. The tutors guidance will encourage experimentation and individual expression.
Tutors: Emily Ball and Katie Sollohub