Draw and paint in West Dean Gardens with colour mixing as the focus. The College grounds provide uniquely planted areas, and every one suggests its own colour palette and provides material unique to itself. You will learn how to reflect the subtle hues in selected garden spaces, and will be given guidance about economical colour mixing and the integration of earth and site materials, supporting your immersion in contrasting outdoor spaces. All your inspiration will be within comfortable walking distance in the grounds of the College.
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.
As well as painting outdoors, the week will involve an introduction to colour, guidance in the handling of materials and in the use of local materials. The tutor will advise on economical use of equipment for working outdoors and studio based resolution of work. You will engage in discussion of palettes and possible ways of responding regularly.
You will make work on location as well as gathering information to take back to the studio base. Studio time is an important part of the course during which your tutor will offer group teaching, exercises about colour theory, regular reviews and individual support.
Your tutor 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. Your tutor 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 experience of this last year has confirmed for her the importance of curious and courteous attention to that which immediately surrounds her Dorset home. She looks forward to sharing dedicated time with that which exists on the studio doorstep.
You will be carrying your materials from the studio. Weather conditions may require us to adapt our schedule. If you feel uncertain about working outside for any reason, this may not be the course for you.
Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. Dinner is included for non-resident students throughout the week to enable participation in these events. Your tutor will offer an optional dawn painting session for any who would like to join her.
A feature of the Summer School is an immersive learning experience with more time to develop your creativity and embrace further opportunities for creative development beyond your chosen course.
Several early evening creative sessions (5.10pm - 7pm) are planned throughout the week. Extra activities will differ this year in response to social distancing. A detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:
• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work
• Sign up early evening tutor-led drawing sessions in the garden
• Time to relax or explore in the tranquil West Dean Gardens
• Take a break from your course with some free time on Tuesday afternoon, from 3.30-5pm
• Informal end-of-course group reviews and displays of students' work in studios
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.
DACC core team tutor and short course tutor
Frances’ plein air practice is informed by landscape. She studied at Aberystwyth UCW, Wimbledon College of Art (MA in Printmaking), Post Graduate Art Teachers Training at Goldsmiths’ College (she has worked widely as artist educator over her career).