Art Courses with David Chandler - Week Holiday

Three ways to paint an abstract


These courses are part of Dillington Discovery Autumn week.

Monday to Wednesday - Pencil to Paint
Our relationship with art usually begins with a line, when we first take up a pencil or a crayon and scribble something on a piece of paper. In our enthusiasm, we may even attempt to colour it in, but for many of us, as we grow older and more critical, the results are often less than gratifying. The gulf between drawing (which we feel we understand) and painting (which we probably don’t) seems too great. We may know, by now, that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it?  Why is it that so many of us (to paraphrase Picasso) end up with a blob of yellow paint instead of the sun? This three-day course bridges the gap between drawing and painting and sheds light on both disciplines so that we may move confidently from pencil to paint; from line to bold, bright colour.

Thursday & Friday - Sculpting with Colour (finishes at lunch on Friday)
Many of us are quite at home with the business of working in two-dimensions. Drawing and painting, we feel, are things we understand, if only intuitively. But how might an artist, habituated to those two disciplines, approach sculpture? How do we move from creating in two dimensions to making in three? Isn’t it entirely different? And what happens to all the things we already know about art? Can we hold on to our beloved lines and colours, for example, or do we have to give them up? In this two-day course we will learn how to liberate our work from the wall and move it out into the environment. At the same time, a working knowledge of that tricky third dimension will give us deeper insights into the two we feel we already know.

Tutor Information
David Chandler's weekly art classes have been running for fifteen years and are attended by more than eighty students. He has lectured and demonstrated to art societies and groups throughout the UK and has been leading painting courses in France, Italy and Switzerland since 1999. He has painted on Channel 4, TSW and HTV and is the author and presenter of two DVD tutorials for watercolourists. In 2011, he co-founded Frome Community Education, a Community Interest Company that delivers over forty different leisure courses and workshops to adult learners in the Frome area, attracting nearly seven hundred enrolments during its first year. In 2012, he was a finalist in the Holburne Portrait Prize for artists in the Southwest. David is also the writer and presenter of Seeing Things, a monthly community radio programme about the visual arts for FromeFM. He co-wrote the Sony album Promised Land in 1992 and previously wrote documentary for Channel 4 and biographical drama and comedy for BBC Radio. Violet Peck, his first venture into juvenile fiction, is available from the Kindle Store.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The residential fee includes tuition, full board, five nights en-suite accommodation, refreshments and evening activities.
Non residential places also available.


Bookings team at Dillington House. Somerset County Council


Dillington House
TA19 9DT

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


5 days (4:30pm to 2:00pm)

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