Emily Ball at Seawhite
Contemporary Drawing and Painting Courses
jOURNEYING INTO fresh perspectives
With Spring on the doorstep, we find fresh inspiration for our painting. Moving out of our usual working space and environment can also make all the difference. In this week's newsletter, Emily reflects on her recent trip to South Africa and teaching in Cambridge.
The studio in Cape Town, South Africa
If you have already been on a refreshing Winter break or even if journeying away from home is not always an option, then Seawhite Studio can offer you the perfect way to kick start Spring! Stimulate creative energies and put new painting ideas into practise - be inspired by John Skinner's outstanding Master Classes or join us on one of our wonderful short courses with the most inspiring and innovative contemporary artists.
We also have news of a joint exhibition and poetry reading by one of Seawhite Studio's course tutors, artist, Gary Goodman and his daughter Bambi Goodman. 'On a Night Like This' runs from the 10th February - 30th June at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.You can find more information in this newsletter, including details of the drinks reception on the 10th February.
South Africa - Teaching in Cape Town
In early January, on a cold, wet afternoon, I got on a plane at Heathrow and flew to Cape Town. I arrived in the morning the following day. It was such a wonderful contrast and joy to arrive to blue skies, sunshine and a warm welcome from my friend and host during my stay, Debbie Field. I taught a four day course with the theme of 'Objects of Desire'.
It was concerned with breathing life into the paint to find the significance of the still life objects that each artist had brought with them. Every object had its own story, memory and physical presence. Each artist stretched and expanded their ideas of how a painting can emerge from the process of investigating, inventing, editing and changing and celebrating what paint can do.
It was a fabulous four days teaching with a group of serious painters in the most spacious and impressive studio. This is my fourth consecutive trip to teach there and I am delighted to say that they have asked me to return to teach next year. How can I refuse?!
Then on to Cambridge .....
So with a few days to catch my breath after flying back from Cape Town I then travelled to Cambridge to teach a 3 day Master Class to another lovely group of artists. This is also my fourth annual visit there. Before Christmas I set them all homework to make new studies of their chosen subject. I then worked with each one to help them develop their paintings and their practice as artists.
It is so valuable for all of these artists to work together, to share inspiration and give each other courage and support. We worked hard but had such a happy time in the process. It was very rewarding to see the quantity and quality of work produced in just 3 days. I will be back the same time next year to see how they are getting on.
Emily Ball International
John Skinner Master Class - February 2018
This weekend we have been immersed in the John Skinner experience. Inventing and responding to the materiality of the paint, being generous and reminding us that painting is about responding to our physical experience of the world around us - we have to find ways of being expressive about it in paint. Obviously he has been encouraging us to smile as we paint. If we smile then we feel good and if we remember to be aware of breathing we can 'Inspire' to help our work too.
Personally I have been pushing through any feelings of hesitation as they come up while I paint. I want to be in that exhilarating and slightly scary place where I have no idea what I am doing but instead trusting and working intuitively, confidently. I am going 'all out' for the 'Joie de Vivre' of painting, just as John always encourages.
Wei at Master Class. February 2018
Taster Days - The Figure
Our one day courses with Katie Sollohub have got off to a flying start. With two sell out days so far with Drawing the Head and Painting the Head, we have received brilliant feedback from the attending artists. Above and below are some images of the exciting work produced on both taster days.
Our next Taster Day, The Figure in Movement, takes place on Friday 2nd March. A clothed model, in costume, will be the inspiration for this session - 'the movement and fall of cloth, pleats and twists, the way fabrics can follow the form, accentuate, or exaggerate, the way the figure can be veiled, or revealed as the model moves'. This course has just a few places remaining! Click on the title for the link to find out more and book your place: The Figure in Movement
Short Courses happening soon at the studio!
Looking forward to Spring, here is a list of some of our ever popular short courses.There are places remaining on some of these exciting courses, so you can click on the titles in red to book your place now!
It's worth booking early for all our short courses, as you will see that some are already full up for this Spring, so keep a close eye on forthcoming newsletters, for opportunties to book on the next dates.
Tutor: Nick Bodimeade
Cost: £225 1 Place remaining
Tutor: Katie Sollohub - Course FULL
Tutor: Helen Turner
Cost: £225 Places remaining
Tutor: Simon Carter
Cost: £300 Course FULL
Tutor: Julian Brown
Cost: £75 Places remaining
On a Night Like This
Painting, Printmaking and Poetry
by Gary Goodman and Bambi Goodman
At the Studio Gallery, Worthing Museum 10th February - 30th June 2018
Drinks Reception Saturday 10th February from 2pm – 4pm
Gary Goodman and his daughter, Bambi, would like to invite you to their exhibition ‘On a Night Like This', which is being held at the Worthing Museum Studio Gallery from 10th Feb – 30th June 2018.
There will be an opening drinks reception on Saturday 10th February from 2pm – 4pm, to which they would be delighted to welcome you, and where Gary will read some of his poetry.
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