Gain an in-depth insight into the various forms of picture construction and expressive possibilities in abstract art whilst you find your own voice within this exciting format. Learn to analyse pictorial elements including form and narrative, composition, spatial relationships, colour, line and layering. How these elements can be expressed and selected to create different outcomes in your painting. You should come with an open mind and a desire to experiment and express yourself freely.
• Form and narrative – what is abstract form and how does it determine the direction and narrative of a painting?
• Composition – less is more – is this the way for me?
• Colour versus shape – is my painting colour focused or shape focused?
• Spatial relationships – what is space in abstract art – how is it defined and how can it be controlled within the confines of the picture rectangle?
The use of colour, line, layering and surface texture will be explored throughout.
The first part of the week will include exercises that encourage you to experiment with technical possibilities to achieve directed outcomes. During the second half you will develop your own choice of direction and outcomes based on the knowledge gained. Several themes will be suggested to support your choice.
Art historical and contextual examples will be used throughout and we will look at the work of Piet Mondrian, Henri Matisse, JoanMiró, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Motherwell, Elsworth Kelly, Antoni Tàpies, Sandra Blow, Gillian Ayres and Chris Martin.
Your tutor will support you with demonstrations, group and one-to-one direction, and there will be opportunity for group discussions.
By the end of the course, you will have gained an understanding of how analysis and choice determines direction. You will have produced paintings on canvas that enable you to express your particular interest in abstract art and your work will have your personal expressive stamp on it.
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)
Robert studied painting at Chelsea School of Art and has been a
recipient of a bursary from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, New
York. He has taught artists throughout the film and broadcast media
industries and is a mentor to local professional artists.