70th Anniversary – St Ives Artists – Ben Nicholson: Another Dimension

Art - Practical

Day course

David Chandler

20 November 2021

£58

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Description

From Caravaggio to Constable, one of the abiding preoccupations of Western Art has been the play of light and shade. To be able to conjure in oil or watercolour, a particular time of day, the glint in an eye, reflections on water or the shadows on a bowl of fruit has been a mark of the artist’s skill for centuries.

In this practical, one day course, we look at another way of manipulating light and playing with shade to create works that change with the hours. Influenced by Cubism and Constructivism, Ben Nicholson, a key figure in British art in the 1950’s, made shallow constructions or ‘low reliefs’ from wood and paint that incorporate into their composition, the play of natural light across the picture surface.

This course, will enable us to extend our own picture-making repertoire and to find new ways approach abstraction by creating our own low-reliefs in cardboard and acrylic paint.

Suitable for all abilities. All-comers welcome.

Tutor information

David Chandler’s weekly art classes have been running for twenty years and are attended by more than eighty students per week. He has lectured and demonstrated to art societies and groups throughout the UK and has been leading painting courses in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland since 1999. He is the co-founder of Frome Community Education, a Community Interest Company, which delivers leisure courses and workshops to adult learners in the Frome area. In 2010, he won the Bax Award at the Black Swan Open Arts Competition in Frome and in 2012, he was a finalist in the Holburne Portrait Prize for artists in the Southwest. He wrote a regular column for Future Publishing’s Paint & Draw magazine, is the author and presenter of two DVD tutorials for watercolourists, and is the writer and presenter of SEEING THINGS, a monthly community radio programme about the visual arts for Frome FM on 96.6 FM and on-line at http://frome.fm. He is currently working on a practical guide to watercolour for Ilex Press in partnership with the Tate.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.