Painting and Pattern. The Natural and the Synthetic

Painting and Pattern. The Natural and the Synthetic

Course date is Monday 4th - Wednesday 6th December 2023

A three day practical course exploring this fundamental relationship in painting and drawing. This is an acrylic course – oils and associated solvents are not permitted.

The potted plant in the office.The barn in the landscape.Cloth on a body.

There seems to be an endlessly fascinating oppositional relationship between the works of nature and those of the human. We seem to be super attuned to it, I suspect for good evolutionary reasons, and fascinated by negotiating the edge between control and the lack of it. This course will encourage you to explore how this relationship can made the visual focus for work, how the difference between the natural and the synthetic can be articulated through materials handling, composition, and colour. We will also at times be making use of the material potential of the paper we are working on through folding, tearing, layering etc.

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“Nick’s ‘Painting Pattern’ course was fantastic. Time stood still and the course was over before I knew it. A big thank you to Nick for sharing his knowledge and experience with us. I have learned so much, now all I need is time to put it into practice!”

Laurie Fletcher




Event Details

Start Date 04-Dec-2023 9:30 am
End Date 06-Dec-2023 4:30 pm
Price £300.00
Location Seawhite
Course Details the_natural and the synthetic_2023.pdf


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Emily Ball at Seawhite,
2 Downs View Road,
East Sussex,
BN25 4PT
Telephone: 01903 743 537


Emily Ball at Seawhite
Seawhite Studio,
Star Road,
Partridge Green
West Sussex RH13 8RY
United Kingdom