No Brush Necessary
“What’s drawing and painting? I’d use a hammer and chisel if I had to.” Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980)
Conventional watercolour wisdom has it that the best way to get paint onto paper is with a brush – and a consequence, watercolour artists have been floundering over their flat washes, struggling with unwanted streaks and despairing over their dull colours for centuries. In this one day course, we look at an alternative approach to landscape painting that will not only loosen us up, but give our paintings the atmosphere and authority we’ve always wanted.
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.