Emily Ball at Seawhite
Contemporary Drawing and Painting Courses
New Online Courses coming Soon!
Image: Painting the Colour Theatre (photo credit Noah Carter); Leefkreep Fields Study',gouache and acrylic on card, 15x19cm, 2020, Joe Packer
The Autumn term has begun in earnest and it’s been wonderful to welcome students back to the studio. We have missed the buzz and sense of camaraderie that a working day at the studio generates. However, we are also aware that with reduced capacity and with the ongoing restrictions that COVID-19 has imposed, it isn’t practicable for everyone to join us in person. So we have been working hard increase our online offer, and by the end of September we will be launching three new exciting online courses: The Working Landscape (Simon Carter), Painting the Colour Theatre (Nick Bodimeade) and Constructing Internal Worlds - a Journey into Landscape Painting (Joe Packer). We’re thrilled that Joe is joining our team of tutors – find out more about his work in the article below.
In addition to extolling the many benefits of taking part in one of online courses, this newsletter also has information about a couple of exhibitions that are currently on featuring the work of Seawhite Studio artists.
Hoping that your Autumn has got off to a creative and productive start and that we see you at the Seawhite Studio online or in person soon!
NEW: Pre-recorded course: The Working Landscape with Simon Carter
Image credit: Noah Carter - filming still from The working Landscape online course
The course gives you the opportunity to follow Simon in his working routines. It is a rare opportunity to look over his shoulder as he walks and draws in the landscape and as he draws and paints in the studio. You will be able to follow Simon onto the Essex coast by means of a short film, and watch as he draws and discusses the process of observational drawing. You will then be required to head out into the landscape to draw, whether it is your garden, the local park, the beach or a favourite walk. Simon will discuss how these drawings can be ‘unpacked’ in the studio, making larger expressive, mark-led drawings from them, and look at how these are used to start a painting.
NEW: Pre-recorded course: Painting the Colour Theatre with Nick Bodimeade
Image credit: Noah Carter - filming still from Painting the Colour Theatre online course
This is a three-day course in which students will make a minimum of 10 abstract paintings in response to a pair of evolving abstract still-lives constructed in modified and painted cardboard boxes. Working with a limited range of marks and forms in both the constructions and the paintings, the main aim of the course is to establish an evolutionary and experimental working process.
NEW: Pre-recorded course: Constructing Internal Worlds - a Journey into Landscape Painting with Joe Packer
Image: 'Pink Leefkreep Study II' gouache and acrylic on card, 21x22cm, 2020, Joe Packer
Constructing Internal Worlds - a Journey into 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, the taking of photographs on a camera or smartphone 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 four larger paintings, which will be made by employing a whole variety of methods, including- collage, experimental mark making, glazing, and paint transfer methods.
What’s so good about our Pre-recorded Online Course?
Image: filming stills Drawing from Painting (Emily Ball) and Dynamic Still Life (Noah Carter)
Like Floribunda and Holding the Present, the new online pre-recorded courses will provide students with a concentrated shot of creativity and will be packed with tips, exercises and demonstrations. We have really enjoyed putting these courses together for you and feel that there are so many benefits to students choosing this way of working:
You choose the time. Pre-recorded courses are available to download for a year, which means you can choose a time to suit you and your schedule. This flexibility means that when you do make time to do the course, you can fully commit and focus.
You choose the pace. As these courses aren’t ‘Live’ you can re-watch, pause, repeat and create a pace that suits you. No rushing, just in your own flow.
Your studio. Working from your home studio means that you have all your art materials near to hand (you don't have to pack them all up and travel anywhere!). This is especially exciting for us as it means that we have been able to welcome students from all over the world – time zones are no barrier! It also means that when you have completed the course, you can seamlessly continue your paintings, as you have everything you need to get going and are not bothered with the hassle of unpacking your kit.
‘Peeking over the artist’s Shoulder’. This is how Simon Carter hoped students might feel when joining him for online courses. All of the pre-recorded courses have been delivered from the tutor’s own studio, so it gives a window into their working environment and allows them to more easily explain their approach by referring to studies and paintings that are on the walls of their studio.
Image: Summer school painting, Jo Ellis
Helping you develop your independent practice. With these courses, you have to organise your materials in advance (no rushing to the Seawhite shop last minute!), and you have to make the time to commit to the course. Working from your home studio encourages you to be more disciplined and independent which will only strengthen your working practice in the long run.
In-depth content. The demonstrations and explanations that the tutor’s provide in these courses is more concentrated. They are aware that without the individual tutorial and group discussions that characterise the in-person studio courses, they need to ensure that the have covered everything in what they say and do so that you are fully equipped to get going!
Image: Ink study, Michael Gage (Summer School)
#Connect to artists around the world. Despite these courses being completed independently in home studios around the world, we have found that social media has been a wonderful way for students to share their experiences of taking part in the online courses we offer. By using the hashtag #emilyballonline or #coursetitle, it has been possible for students to connect and feedback on each other’s work.
Introducing Joe Packer
Image:'Blue Roseskein Shaodows Study' gouache and acrylic on card, 17.5x19.5cm, 2020, Joe Packer
We’re delighted to be welcoming Joe Packer to the online Seawhite Studio team. His evocative landscapes are lush and richly layered, and have gained him critical acclaim; he was the winner of the 2018 British Contemporary Painting Group Art Prize. His work reveals a connection with nature and features layered, glowing colours and exquisite mark making.
“Joe Packer is a painter of contemporary Arcadian landscapes and colourful abstracted scenes distinguished by a lush vibrancy. It comes as no surprise then that the subject matter is informed in part by the artist’s historic connection to nature, growing up “on the edge of a wood.” Indeed, even in the exuberantly colourful pieces that verge between abstraction, patterning and observation, there is a deeply personal if not intimate way of looking at place and nature in Packer’s work, an approach that the artist describes as not solely the capturing of a physical place, but as well an expression of a 'something' experienced, perhaps the intangible romantic communion with the landscape and the beauty of nature.
“Packer notes that his process begins with thin layers of acrylic that allow the structure of the picture to be scaffolded, and then turns to oil paint “for its greater versatility, richer colour, and other seductive qualities”. The painter uses both artist brushes and household decorators’ brushes, allowing a more unexpected range of marks.” ~ Rosa JH Berland (Aleph Contemporary Website)
Image: 'Nashgumbrooke Study VII', gouache and acrylic on card, 2020, Joe Packer
To find out more about Joe's work, click on the links below:
Contemporary British Painting
Aleph contemporary website
EXHIBITION: Nearly Home
Image: Nearly Home, Nick Bodiemeade
‘Nearly Home’ is an exhibition of recent oil paintings by Nick Bodimeade. The paintings began as photographs taken by the artist as he traveled by car, bike and on foot through the landscapes of Cornwall, the Cotswolds and the South Downs in Sussex, where he lives and works.
Campden Gallery, High Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6AG
12 September – 3rd October 2020
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday 11 am to 4 pm, or by appointment
EXHIBITION: Discarded Teabags
A unique opportunity to see what ten artists from the South East have been up to in lockdown.
See their journals, read their stories, enjoy their art.
Smallhythe Studio, Tenterden TN30 7NB
Private view on Fri 2, Sat 3 and Sun 4 October by invitation
Exhibition open by appointment all through October:
(Government safety precautions in place at the gallery.)
Image: Charcoal Drawing, Andrea Butler (Summer School)
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