On this studio based, landscape painting course, learn how to use your materials and equipment to evoke the qualities of space, light, structure, mass, movement and direction, qualities shared by both landscape and painting. Making works that are evocative, pictorial equivalents for the subject rather than just a depiction of it. Works where the content is found in the act of painting.
Working from your own photographic sources, you will use drawing to find simple fundamental visual qualities and dramatic compositional structures. Then working with acrylic paint, and utilizing a broad range of painting processes, derived from both the history of landscape painting as well as from abstraction, you will produce a minimum of 20 experimental paintings on paper and prepared board.
The course will include daily slide lectures on historical and contemporary approaches to landscape. There will be technical demonstrations and lots of one-to-one and group tuition. As the course progresses, your personal choices and direction will increasingly become the focus.
By the end of the course you will have produced a substantial body of atmospheric and expressive landscape paintings. You will have gained confidence in exploring the notion of equivalence between painting and subject, and the role of process as a powerful pictorial element. You will also have become increasingly comfortable in making personal critical judgements and taking control of the direction of your painting.
As well as the photographs you have brought along, you will be encouraged to explore and make use of the grounds and surrounding landscape at the College.
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)
Nick trained at Worthing and Wolverhampton art colleges, has taught at many UK schools, colleges and universties at all levels up to MA. He exhibits with St Annes Galleries, Lewes. Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel and the Porthminster Gallery, St Ives. Nick's work is held in many public and private collections including, The Contemporary Art Society, The Landmark Trust and the Government Art Collection. He is a Trustee of Fabrica, Brighton's leading Contemporary Art Gallery.