Blots on the Landscape Painting Workshop – COURSE FULL

Art - Practical

Day course

David Chandler

20 June 2023

9:00 am to 4:30 pm


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Have you ever wondered exactly how (and when) a seemingly random mark on a piece of paper becomes something we recognise? How do the sublime brushstrokes of JMW Turner or John Singer Sargent, for instance, change before our eyes from meaningless blobs of colour into clouds or trees; boats or even people?

The humble blot was a source of inspiration to none less than Leonardo Da Vinci, to the writer, Victor Hugo and the psychologist, Hermann Rorschach, of course. But it was the artist, Alexander Cozens, ‘The Blotmaster-General to the Town,’ as he was known, who in 1785, codified a method for creating imaginative landscapes from blots.

This practical, one day course explores Cozen’s method and seeks to encourage us all to be more alert to the magic that is happening under our very noses, whenever we put brush (or blot) to paper.

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 FromeFM, 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.

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