Emily Ball at Seawhite
Contemporary Drawing and Painting Courses
Drawing wth light
We are all very excited about our brand new course, The Drawing Lab, which has started this term, and wanted to share what's happening on the course as well as 'let you in' on the creative buzz and fresh energy that both tutors and students are enjoying from participating. Four inspiring artists and tutors - Katie Sollohub, Emily Ball, Betsy Dadd and Lydia CS - have created this innovative course, enabling students to explore and respond to light through drawing, and the course is already becoming an exciting creative hub!
So with this newsletter, you can dip in to the experience. Come and join us next term!
Drawing with Light - step in!
“This course represents a very important ethos that I will always aim to create at my studio”.
My ambition is to provide courses that are about being 'seriously playful'.
"For both the tutors and students its a chance to explore and extend our practice; we are never standing still, just perfecting what we already know. We recognise the importance of trying new things in order to ensure our work grows and continues to inspire us to greater effort and appreciation in living. The fantastic outcome of this approach is already expressed by an injection of joy and energy for the students, beautiful new work and a sharpened focus and particularity".
Being an artist can be a tough, solitary activity. All the more reason to take the opportunity to work alongside and collaborate with 'like minded' artists and tutors for these injections of inspiration.
As the course title suggests we are very excited to have developed a course where experimentation and investigation is at the heart of what we are all doing. Using light as our theme we have had the most extraordinary time this term creating work that responds to light, shadows and movement.
Sunlight - Brightness, dazzle, gleam, bleached forms, the play of light and shadows on surfaces, elongated, moving shadows.
Artificial light - spot lit drama, heightened textures, theatre, ghostly, stretched shadows, darkened, sharp edged, deep.
Each week we have experimented with different materials, equipment, surfaces and scale in our investigation in to responding to light through drawing.
This whole course is a joyous playground of delights. It is the kind of course that reminds you how essential it is for an artist to play and investigate with no other intention than to re-awaken the essential awareness that one needs to be an artist.
Next term we are continuing with the theme of light and moving into Colour. There is no need for you to have done the first term - anyone can come and join in with our exciting Drawing Lab adventures".
What's been happening so far!
Katie Sollohub describes the first 3 sessions, which she and Emily Ball have been teaching.
Day 1, Friday 29th September - drawing light and movement - water ripples, leaf shadows, ink drops in water - drawing from short video on tv on a tiny scale. Some students who did the animation course were applying the technique to their drawings. Some people did work on blackboards.
Day 2, Friday 13th October - drawing light and space - white objects under tables covered with white sheets, lit with lights. Find ways to draw with mixed materials, paint and drawing, rip, collage etc, avoid using outline to draw "properly".
Students also made transparent slides we then projected on to wall of studio - this was fascinating.
Day 3, 27th October - drawing light without the shadows!! In previous sessions the shadows really informed the drawing. Today we are trying to only use white materials, to draw just the light! Working large, mixed media, emulsion, tissue, tape. Later they projected last week's slides over the white shrouded objects and drew selectively from the slides and the set ups. How do (dark) drawing materials change the white space of the work so far?"
Day 4, 10th November - We created/built a darkroom in the centre of the studio so that students could use photographic processes to make work. Over the course of the day students explored different ways of working with light sensitive materials to produce drawings that are chemical reactions with light. They experimented with various laboratory-like process to produce using different papers, liquids and light sources, then used these experiments to fuel further work. Light sensitive emulsion is a chemical process which occurs over time, so they were able to document the time-based nature of these reactions by making short moving-image pieces and playing with them projected pieces.
Join us next term - it might be the perfect time for you to step out of your known practices and see what happens! Just click on the course title below to take you to the registration page.
Tutors: Katie Sollohub, Emily Ball, Betsy Dadd and Lydia CS.
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