Draw and paint with colour mixing as your focus. Every
environment suggests its own colour palette, learn how to reflect
the subtle hues in selected contrasting environments in and around
the college through skilled and economical colour mixing. A good
deal of time will be spent working outdoors.
Draw and paint with colour mixing as the focus. Every environment suggests its own colour palette - learn how to reflect the subtle hues in various sites by economical colour mixing. On this course we will immerse ourselves in contrasting environments and almost all of these will be out of doors. Some will be within the immediate grounds of the college and others in the surrounding landscape.
The week will also involve working within the sedate and elegant interior of West Dean House. Plein air painting in forest and maritime environments will complete our week of contrasts. Travel to selected sites in the college minibus is a feature of the programme. On these expeditions you will be guided in your selection of paint and equipment.
You will make work on site as well as gather information to take back to the College. Studio time is an important part of the course during which Frances will offer group teaching, exercises about colour theory, and support individual developmental work.
Frances offers a wealth of practical experience of working in the landscape using watercolour, gouache, acrylic and found pigments. She is committed to supporting you in developing your own ideas and individual response to the landscape. Frances offers insights about the delights and challenges of working outside, advises on economy of tools and materials, and fosters a spirit of exploration and risk taking.
The artwork you create will be fresh, lively and exploratory in nature. The experience will open up creative possibilities, informing your development as an artist far beyond the Summer School week. Information gained this week can be translated to painting in any part of the world.
You will be carrying your materials a short distance from the studio or minibus on our expeditions. If you feel uncertain about working outside for any reason, the booking team or Frances will be happy to discuss this.
Weather conditions and the considerations of a working estate environment may require us to adapt our schedule.
Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your summer school week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:
Special Summer School features:
• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work
• A swap-over session to another course of your choice
• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (pre-booked)
• A celebration with dinner, entertainment and music
• Workshop displays of students' work and informal end-of-course group reviews
Timetable for Summer Schools
Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.
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).
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 should vacate their rooms by 10am please.
This section applies to ACRYLIC painters:
Frances completed a post- graduate teachers' training course at Goldsmiths' College and an MA in Printmaking at Wimbledon School of Art. Frances works on location with local materials and water based paints.