An intensive three days of activity will encourage participants to explore and develop abstract compositions from the visual impact of the natural and built environment. A multi-perspectival and Cubist-inspired, improvisational approach to drawing and painting with an emphasis on colour will guide production.
With prompts and guidance from the tutor, you will develop strategies to break self-imposed boundaries in image-making with the freedom and discipline of abstraction from your own original raw, visual material, both in and out of the studio environment.
For source material, you will draw directly from walking journeys around the College grounds, considering close-up and distant views. Active consideration of the experience of seeing and perception, making choices, and directly recording through mark-making, will transfer back to the studio space for planned and improvisational acrylic painting exercises. Various formats for compositions, including sequential configurations that reference notions of stillness and movement, near and far, inside and outside, space and occlusion, light and dark, will be explored.
On the first evening, there will be an outline presentation of the course with essential information for the weekend. A short PowerPoint presentation on various approaches to abstraction in painting will provide visual and contextual stimulus. Over the weekend there will be both group discussions and one-to-one support in the studio. By the end of the course you will have gained insights into reductive and expressive painting and drawing approaches, have greater confidence in working with colour and abstract visual language, and have an expanded range of working methods to help develop your thinking, drawing and painting processes in future practice.
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, 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)
Geoff Hands is a painter and exhibition reviewer based at the Phoenix Studios in Brighton. He has a degree in Fine Art, a PGCE and an MA in Creative Writing. He was a Foundation Art course leader for nearly 20 years and also teaches Fine Art at degree level.