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

Art - Practical

Day course

David Chandler

20 November 2021

£60

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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 began teaching art to adults over twenty years ago. There is now a waiting list for his in-person classes in Bath and his online courses on Zoom attract an international audience. 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 organisation that delivers more than thirty different leisure classes to adult learners in Somerset. He was a recipient of the Bax Award at the Black Swan Open Art competition and a finalist of the Holburne Portrait Prize in Bath. He is also the writer and presenter of Seeing Things on Frome FM, a monthly radio programme about the visual arts. He was a regular contributor to Future Publishing’s ‘Paint And Draw’ magazine and his practical book for watercolourists, ‘Tate: Master Watercolour’ (published by Ilex Press in February 2021), is available worldwide.

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.