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