This course is about breaking down prejudices about colour, both in the timidity of its habitual usage and in discovering subtler unexpected palettes. Colour is such a stimulating and exciting area that it is easy to become either fearful or brash in our approach. This course will give you the confidence to discover your own chromatic voice within the rules that govern colour practice, enabling you to find your own sensibility. There is no prescribed house style but a desire to experiment and analyse differing aspects of colour is essential. Using the work of artists who are considered above all to be colourists provides a scaffold to systematically cover a broad range of adventurous chromatic visions.
This is a fast moving course with distinct morning and afternoon sessions complemented by two video presentations and the tutor's own slide show of recent work in the evenings. There is also the possibility of an evening drawing project. Nine projects will be completed and a final group tutorial emphasising where each student could take their colour investigation after the course.
We will explore some of the major developments in colour theory by using examples taken from the working methodology of such figures as Turner, Constable, Cotman, Bonnard, O’Keefe, Klee, Matisse, Diebenkorn, and Hodgkin.
Working in oil, acrylics or gouache, you will study a balanced structured sequence of projects exploring the potential of colour to become a subject in its own right – from local colour directly observed to the more subjective realms of imaginative associative mood colour, to the formal relationships of abstract colour.
You will be working extensively from the stunning landscape environment of West Dean’s gardens and walking to and from locations around the estate throughout the course every day, subject to weather conditions. Please bring warm clothes and if you have mobility issues we recommend a studio based course instead.
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)
"Overall quality of the teaching and course content was outstanding."Nigel, 2019
Mark had an eclectic training which has influenced his broad range of media and working processes. He is particularly interested in colour and markmaking which he has explored in glass, textile, printed books, murals and traditional materials.