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

Art - Practical

Day course

David Chandler

27 February 2021


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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 practical, one day 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.

Tutor information

David Chandler began teaching art to adults over twenty years ago. At home, in Somerset, more than ninety students attend his regular classes in drawing and painting. He has lectured and demonstrated to Art Societies throughout the UK, painted on Channel 4, TSW and HTV and is the author and presenter of two DVD tutorials for watercolourists. Since 1999, he has led many painting courses in France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. In 2011, he co-founded Frome Community Education, a not-for-profit organization that delivers more than thirty different leisure classes to adult learners in Somerset. He is also the writer and presenter of Seeing Things on FromeFM, a monthly radio programme about the visual arts and is currently working on a practical book for watercolourists for Ilex Press in association 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.