Image: When the Mist Rolls In by Debbie Field
Inspiring tuition lies at the heart all that we do at the Seawhite Studio. We are proud to offer courses led by artists who generously share their knowledge and passion for their chosen subject. It’s what makes the courses so energizing and productive for the participating students. Over the years, the studio has increasingly evolved to become a space where like-minded artists - who are serious and committed to developing their practice - can work alongside one another, offering support, inspiration and encouragement - all the while being mentored by our talented team of tutors.
In this newsletter, we want to celebrate the high calibre of teaching at the studio by putting the spotlight on two courses that focus on mentoring students: the Creative Painting Space and the Painting Surgeries. We’re also excited to introduce new faces to the tutoring team: Debbie Field is our guest international tutor delivering an exciting drawing-based mark-making course in the New Year, and Joe Packer and Tommy Ramsay are two rising stars who will be delivering artist's talks at the studio this autumn. Read on to find out how you could join us for these FREE talks.
Jo has attended various courses at the Seawhite Studio and has recently taken up a place painting at Turps Art School
Led by Nick Bodimeade and meeting for one day once a month, the Painting Surgeries are for artists who are have an existing independent practice. With one-to-one tutorials taking place in front of developing work, and lively discussions based around Nick’s thoroughly planned presentations at the start of the session, the Painting Surgeries offer practical strategies to move work forward within a rich community of dedicated artists. It can be a lonely business making paintings and the Painting Surgeries are a powerful support network for the students who attend them.
Here are Nick’s thoughts on what he likes about teaching the Painting Surgeries:
“I really enjoy having an input into the diverse range of work the students are engaged in. My role in these sessions is a bit like being a personal tutor or mentor. I’m trying to support the students’ aims and intentions. I provide practical advice on all aspects of being a painter from materials and processes to presentation and dealing with putting work in the public domain. I also provide a supportive critical eye and help with placing their work within a broader cultural context. I feel the most important thing is to help the individual make personal critical decisions about the development of their practice. Critical decision making can sound daunting but really it can be as simple as saying this is better than that, and then using that judgement to move forward.
“The students on the course have a huge knowledge and experience of art as both producers and consumers so during our discussions, I feel both challenged and supported, and this feeds my own practice. I strongly believe that good work is made collectively.”
To find out more about Nick’s Painting Surgeries, click on the course title below and follow the link to the registration page.
The Creative Painting Space
The Creative Painting Space is for artists who want a kick-start that ensures that you are able to sustain their own independent practice. The sessions are focused on one-to-one tutorials with tutors who are committed to helping you improve your production, pace and help you to find ways to become unstuck. Rather than committing to whole term of sessions, you are able to select which of the three-day blocks you would like to attend. So you can pick and choose when to join depending on your schedule and when you need that artistic boost!
Liz Crossfield has attended the Creative Painting Space sessions for the past two years, and has recently commenced an MA in Fine Art at City & Guilds London Art School. We asked her what impact attending these courses has had on her work in preparation for her new artistic adventure:
“Emily is the best painting tutor I have ever worked with; just because I’m studying in London doesn’t mean I’m prepared to give her mentoring up. She totally gets the way I approach my subject and helps push me forwards. Her mark-making exercises are superb and Nick Bodimeade’s mini-Art lectures are equally inspiring. I view the Creative Painting Space as a ‘master-class’. I like the space and I like the rigour. There’s nowhere else offering this high standard of painting coaching. Emily has given me the confidence to fly but I’m not leaving the nest anytime soon...I’m still visiting Seawhites every month to get the painting push. I travel two hours and stay over in a B&B three days and immerse myself.”
Image by Liz Crossfield
To find out more about The Creative Painting Space, click on the course title below and follow the link to the registration page.
THE CREATIVE PAINTING SPACE SPRING 2020
FREE Lunchtime talks with Joe Packer and Tommy Ramsay
As part of the Creative Painting Space this term, we have invited two exciting artists to give lunchtime talks. As well as the students attending the Creative Painting Space in November and/or December, there are an additional 8 places on offer for anyone who would like to attend the talks during the lunch period. These places are free and are offered on a first come, first served basis.
Tommy Ramsay is a recent MA graduate from the Royal College of Art. His work explores the internal space of the painting in relation to the ‘real space’ of the wall and is concerned with an ongoing questioning of language, imagination, personal story-telling, materiality and identity.
Image: Untitled by Tommy Ramsay
You can see more of Tommy’s work by following him on Instagram: @tommy.ramsay
Joe Packer was last year’s winner of the British Contemporary Painting Group Art Prize. His work reveals a connection with nature and features layered, glowing colours and exquisite mark making.
Image: Pitscape by Joe Packer
Find out more about Joe’s work on the Contemporary British Painting website
Introducing: Debbie Field – Guest International Tutor
Emily has been delivering courses at Debbie’s studio in Cape Town for a few years now and is looking forward to welcoming Debbie – an artist who shares Emily’s passion for mark-making to the Seawhite Studio:
“Debbie is a gentle-yet-strong, encouraging and hugely positive person. As an established artist in South Africa, I am excited to have her share her take on mark-making with students at the Seawhite Studio. Music is integral to Debbie’s life and art and this combined with her yoga and dance practice provide a rich variety of inspiration which she draws on in her work.”
Image: Home (detail) by Debbie Field
You can find out more about Debbie by reading her Tutor Profile on our website.
To find out more about Debbie’s short course The Choreography of Mark-Making, click on the course title below and follow the link to the registration page.
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