Celebrate rich late summer colours in August as nature ripens the fruits and foliage of spring, and mature plants and deep tree canopies create generous shadows and extended shapes in West Dean Gardens.
Explore expressive ways of capturing the colour, light and space of the landscape using drawing and painting. Learn how to mix and combine colour-on-colour, to not just replicate the view but to also capture the atmosphere, the temperature and your response. Your tutor will demonstrate how to look, select and layer materials. By making studies using exciting exercises, you will be helped through the overwhelming choices that are available and given confidence to experiment and play. These studies are then taken back to the studio and your tutor will show you how to unpack the information in them and begin to make paintings. These paintings will then evolve and grow into poetic responses to the late summer garden and landscape.
On the first evening:
Introductions. There will be practical tasks exploring the materials that will be used for making studies the following day. Getting all your materials ready for the morning trip out.
Working outside in West Dean Gardens and making studies.
You will begin by looking at the studies made outside. Gather some colour to bring back to the studio. You will use the morning to go outside again to get further studies with more intensity. In the afternoon you will begin two paintings from memory and the studies.
Continue painting the paintings started the previous day. You will explore emphasis and editing to help the paintings develop.
Although it is the final day of the course, you will start another painting (possibly two) to keep pushing forward. This enables you to compare work side-by-side and see the strengths and any weaknesses more clearly. Making studies of your paintings is another way of helping with judgment and preventing tidying up.
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)
Emily Ball trained at Exeter and Surrey Universities and is director and tutor of Emily Ball at Seawhite Studio. Her book Painting and Drawing People - A Fresh Approach was published in 2009.