"The idea and technique are inseparable" Francis Bacon
When you look at a good painting what you see is an idea that has been made visible through, and fused with, the technique. The physical form in which a work is expressed, is to a large part, the content of the work. No artist's vision is greater than their power to materialise that vision.
We shall look at the technique of oil painting, received studio practices, systems and processes and gain insight into how artists worked in oils. You will understand and make use of the techniques to express what you feel and think about your subject. You will learn how to identify your idea or vision in and through your painting technique.
The subject is landscape and you can make use of your ongoing research or initiate a project from primary studies in the landscape.
By the end of the course you will have a variety of processes in oils connected with vision:
An understanding of tonal painting with colour
Vision and design
Relating studio work to plein air
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)
The tutor highly recommends a Pochade [this is a small box that will hold brushes and paints, wet oils and can be an easel on your lap] or Box easel He also recommends artist quality paints - Old Holland are reliable
Christopher Baker is an artist and author and had a leading role playing himself in the feature film Archipelago. He exhibits in the UK and Europe as well as Canada, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, Pallant House Gallery (Chichester) and Medici Gallery Cork Street, New English Art Club, LondonDescribe your approach to teaching?