The aim of this course is to enjoy the materials and allow the painting to evolve as you work. You will be experimenting with the careful layering of paint, repetitive brush strokes and mark-making with varying rhythms to create densely constructed forms which shift and change through the process.
You will be discovering and exploring materials through deconstructing, manipulation and playing with fabric, pigments, paints and drawing materials, allowing the work to make itself. This is very much an Eastern philosophy, connecting the inner to the outside world and its ever-changing qualities.
You will be looking at artists mainly from the East, namely Korea and Japan, including Western artists too.
The course is structured in the sense that there are set techniques that you will be learning. Using different paints, inks and pigments in varying forms will be the starting point for making your work alongside one-to-one tuition from the tutor.
The natural forms from the West Dean Gardens will be used as inspiration, as well as the work of other artists.
Working in a group helps generate the sharing of creativity and processes.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
- 2 x MDF boards (40x30cm), some heavy weight (300gsm) cartridge paper and some lightweight (130gsm) cartridge paper will be provided, along with some newsprint paper, PVA glue, masking tape, Zest-it, linseed oil, varnish, primer, gesso, lining paper and a large roll of Fabriano 220gsm roll to share amongst the group.
What students need to bring
- Sketchbook, brushes big and small, drawing materials – charcoal, pencils rubber
- Paints – tubes of oil colour, acrylics; ink, pigments and glitter (suppliers Brodie and Middleton, AP Fitzpatrick) e.g. Prussian Blue, black, earth colours are cheaper, UV colours
- Canvas 1 – 2 metres and linen 1 – 2 metres
- Old pillowcases, fabric of any kind, cellophane, old bits of anything you have, clothes
- Rags and yoghurt pots for mixing
- The more you bring, the more you can experiment with.
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- A good selection of art materials including: oil paints, acrylic paints, mediums, gesso, paper, inks, canvas and linen, sketchbooks, charcoal, pastels, etc.
- Available from tutor:
Choosing your own materials before you come is personal and will resonate in your work, rather than relying on buying everything from the College shop.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no open toes or sandals).