Emily Ball at Seawhite
Contemporary Drawing and Painting Courses
Painting Pattern Film
In this newsletter we are excited to share the latest film about the Seawhite Studio made by Noah Carter Studio. The subject of the film is Nick Bodimeade’s short course Painting Pattern, which has been growing and evolving over the past three years, inspiring new and repeat students alike.
Image: drawings by Sally Meyer in response to Kuba cloth
‘Drawing is a fantastic way of looking at something very intently but also a way of translating it’ Nick Bodimeade
Using Congolese Kuba Cloth as a starting point to exploring pattern, the course investigates the relationship between painting and textiles and how we respond to pattern on a very individual level. The course begins with a collective examination of the Kuba cloth through drawing. This process of observation allows each student to make their own decisions about the pattern and to make a personal response to it. The development of each student’s critical thinking skills is one of the great strengths of the course:
‘Because we don’t know what the Kuba cloth and its patterns mean, we can make critical judgements and decisions without the pressure of “What is it I have to say about the world?” Perhaps the thing we have to say can be found in the decisions that we make about how we behave within it. So it’s not “What do I want to communicate”, but “What do I communicate when I make things.”’ Nick Bodimeade
Image: painting by Gillian Atkinson, student attending Painting Pattern course
With one-to-one tutorials taking place in front of developing work, and lively discussions based around thoroughly planned presentations at the start of each session, Nick is a firm believer in supporting rather than directing his students:
‘We know that the Kuba cloth skirts were created collectively, and that is also mirrored in the studio where a vast amount of exchange is going on – we’re a real community of artists. My job as a tutor is not to come in as an expert and tell people what to do. My job is to help people find out what it is they want to do. The studio becomes a space to make discoveries collaboratively, to push ideas further: it feels like original research.’ Nick Bodimeade
Filmed on location at the Seawhite Studio and at Nick’s own studio, the film contains input from Nick and four of the Painting Pattern students – Sally Meyer, Gillian Atkinson, Jacky Bellamy and Fran White. Viewing the Kuba cloth in conjunction with the hugely varied work that the students have produced is testament to pattern’s ability to be a rich and captivating subject matter for painting.
To watch the film, click on the image below.
Inspired? We are delighted to say that Nick is running two Painting Pattern courses this year at the Seawhite Studio. Click on the course titles below to find out more and to book your place.
Seawhite Studio in Film
The Painting Pattern film is the fourth film that we have commissioned Noah to make for us. We have been so impressed by the way his films have perfectly captured the atmosphere and experience of different courses at the Seawhite Studio. We now have a dedicated page within our website where you can see all the films that Noah has made - click on the image below to take a look.
About Noah Carter Studio
Image credit: Noah Carter
Noah Carter specialises in working with artists, designers, jewellers and musicians to produce short documentary films and portrait photographs. His films offer a unique insight into the subject’s working practice, exploring the often unseen process behind their work and promoting the activity of small, independent designers and workshops. His knowledge and experience within the arts sector allows him to interact meaningfully with his clients, understand their intent and the complexities of their design process, and convey this beautifully and sensitively in his work.
Noah’s films have been shown alongside exhibitions at major universities and art galleries and his photographs are often used in exhibition catalogues and for the digital publicity of events.
If you would like to know more about Noah’s work or see more of his films, click on the link below.
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