Pencil to Paint Art Course with David Chandler

Art - Practical

Residential course

Three Day Course

Two Day Course

David Chandler

14 August 2022 to 19 August 2022

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Monday & Tuesday Non-resident fee £120. Wednesday to Friday Non-resident fee £154. £780 Single bedroom or shared occupancy, £890 Double bedroom single occupancy

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These courses are part of Dillington Discovery Winter/Spring week.

We know that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it? What exactly is the difference between drawing and painting? This workshop explores the gulf between drawing and painting and then seeks to build a bridge between the two disciplines. From studies in black and white, we will take a short step to the tonal properties of colour before exploring that magical moment when, as Francis Bacon said, “the image is the paint and vice-versa”.

All-comers welcome.

Click on the subject titles below for more details on each course.

Monday & Tuesday – Pencil
From Da Vinci and Durer to Gehry and Gormley, invention, discovery and understanding begin with drawing. As children, when we pick up a crayon and draw, we discover a liberating and potent way to describe the world around us. Drawing is our first language with which we communicate our fantasies, our loves and fears, but over the years, something happens to persuade most of us that it is no longer of any value and we cease to make room for it in our lives.

Through drawing, however, we reconnect with the world around us, become more intimate with the things that matter to us and learn how to slow down in a fast-paced world. Topics covered: expressive mark-making, measurement, proportion, light and shade.

Wednesday to Friday – Paint
(finishes at lunch on Friday)
Our world is replete with colour, light, texture and form. From apples on a table to sunlight on a mountain, the artist unravels all of these elements and convincingly daubs them onto paper or canvas. But just how is it done? For many of us, though colour is a part of our daily lives, it nevertheless remains a mystery and the work that the artist does seems little short of magic.

This practical two and half day course will provide you with all you need to experience the visual world with greater understanding and work some of that magic yourself! Topics covered: colour perception, colour-mixing (subtractive and additive); hue, shade, tint and chroma.


You can attend all week or separately. Monday & Tuesday – Non-resident fee £120. Wednesday to Friday – Non-resident fee £154. All Week Non-resident fee £274.  Residential Fees From: £780.

Course runs from Dinner on Sunday to Lunch on Friday.

Tutor information

David Chandler teaches art to adults in Bath and Frome and his online classes attract an international audience. He has lectured and demonstrated throughout the UK and led many painting courses across Europe. He is a co-founder of Frome Community Education, a Black Swan Open Art Competition prize-winner and finalist of the Holburne Portrait Prize. He wrote regularly for Future Publishing’s ‘Paint And Draw’ magazine and is the writer and presenter of Seeing Things, a visual arts program, for Frome FM. His practical book, ‘Tate: Master Watercolour’ (Ilex Press), is available worldwide with editions in English, Spanish and Korean.

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