As the Evenings Draw in…..let’s Draw into the Evening
Celebrate the Winter Solstice and gentle light around the shortest days of the year, by embracing the dark, lighting the candles, and drawing and painting into the night. There are a number of exciting opportunities, to suit all from beginners to established painters. The first occasion is Painting by Candlelight in Shoreham on Saturday 9th December, followed by a Drawing in the Dark session in Arundel in January, and finally a full blown Painting by Candlelight weekend at Rackham Village Hall in February, to tide you through that difficult month!
If you like the idea of drawing in the dark, you will love the ongoing Drawing Lab at Seawhite Studio – a series of linked workshops all about drawing with light and colour. Last term students drew from shadows and slide projections, and made their own animations and photograms (‘drawings’ on light sensitive paper). Next term, a similar experimental approach, with added colour – think kaleidoscopes and Matisse! Also booking now: next term’s Creative Journey course in Shoreham – from January 2018 seeing how story and the imagination can play a part in the creative practice of drawing and painting. And a New Drawing for Beginners class is being offered, a 4 week course in Feb and March.
Something for everyone over the winter festive season, and perhaps even a Christmas present to or from a loved one! All details below.
Contact Katie for info and to book any of the courses below
Painting by Candlelight 1
Shoreham One Day Painting Workshop using Watercolour Saturday 9th December 2017 Huntingdon Hall, Buckingham Road, Shoreham2.30-8.30pm (cost £75/70)
Painting quickly, loosely, freely, as the afternoon light fades into evening. Working from a sumptuous still life, lit by candlelight alone, so the objects will glow and flicker with light and shadows. Using watercolour and ink, on a small scale, to keep the freshness and magical quality of the candlelight. I will invite all participants to bring some food to share, which can form part of the still life, and then be a contribution to a communal meal at the end of the evening – a true celebration of the creative process, coming together to eat, drink and be merry.
NB. Why not use this opportunity to make some spontaneous, unique Christmas presents!
Painting by Candlelight 2
Rackham Village Hall 2 Day Painting Workshop in Oils or Acrylics at Rackham Village Hall, Nr Storrington Sat 17 & Sun 18 Feb 2018 2-9pm each day (cost £180)It is a magical experience painting in the soft, winter, afternoon light as it fades into dusk and then darkness. The setting is Rackham Village hall with its large windows looking out to the Downs. As you get to know the subject the light starts changing, unexpected colours and marks overlap to create new work that is charged with the atmosphere. “When you can’t see what you are doing, you have to simply trust in the process!” Your finished paintings will be done freshly, fast and spontaneously to capture the magic of the moment. Each evening there will be a simple supper provided for you, to finish off the day with good food and good company cooked by Emily Ball
ARUNDEL 2018 Experimental Drawing Workshops at the Victoria Institute, Tarrant Street, Arundel BN18 9DG £70
Tuesday 16th Jan – Drawing in the Dark (2.30-8.30pm) –
Using the winter light, we will from a seasonal still life, starting in the afternoon and working into the evening, eventually working in candlelight. We will end the session with a shared meal. Working with yummy charcoal and other drawing materials
Mon 5th Feb – Drawing with Light (10-4.30pm) – using natural, projected and torch light to create subtle and stark monochrome contrasts, white objects dramatically lit, shadows and spaces to work from, using charcoal with all it’s versatility
Fridays 16 March and 27 April – Introducing the Figure – starting with Self Portraits and Portraits
Mon 14 May – Experimental Life Drawing
June & July – Arundel Sketchbooks part 1 & 2 – dates tbc
DRAWING WITH COLOUR The Drawing Lab at the Seawhite Studio Fortnightly Fridays 12 & 26 Jan, 9 & 23 Feb, 9 & 23 March 2018 9.30-4.30pm £410 Tutors Emily Ball, Katie Sollohub, Betsy Dadd, Lydia CF”This whole course is a joyous playground of delights. It is the kind of course that reminds you how essential it is for an artist to play and investigate with no other intention than to re-awaken the essential awareness that one needs to be an artist ” (Emily Ball)
With 4 tutored to guide and inspire you, this course is truly experimental. Drawing as exploration. This term the subject is light – the contents of light being colour, refraction, prisms. We use the beginning of Spring to draw attention to emerging colour coming back into the world after winter…glimpses of colour, earth colours, winter colours and Spring greens. Students will explore natural objects and materials – flowers, stones, pigments, natural dyes, fabrics, jewels, botanical drawings, geological drawings.
Drawing for Beginners 2018 Drawing for Beginners – New Course in Shoreham 4 Thursdays – 1 & 15 Feb, 1 & 15 March 1.30-5pm Cost £160
Practical drawing course for those who want to learn to draw but aren’t sure where to begin. Whatever your experience, this course will guide you through a series of exercises designed to build confidence and enjoyment of materials. Exploring drawing as a physical process you will learn how different materials work and what potential they have for making marks. Experiment with the process and develop your own direct and tactile relationship with drawing.
Creative Journeys: Painting, Myth and Memory Creative Journeys in Shoreham Fortnightly Thursdays 4 & 18 Jan, 1 & 15 Feb, 1, 15 & 29 March 9.30-1pm £250The theme of this term will be Painting – Narrative and Imagination. Continuing with small scale work, and keeping the subject personal and broad, I will invite you to explore your ideas less from observation but rather from memory, myths, stories, dreams, symbols, conversations. Using varied visual material as a starting point e.g. old photographs, story books, fairy tales, comics, paintings: From here work can evolve in a personal way, discover and invent something new, or reinvent a traditional tale – telling a story of your own making, with your own images.
Come and see new work in my solo exhibition “Eternal Sunshine” on now at the Stables Gallery, Orleans House, Twickenham until Sunday 3 December. Drawings and paintings from my informal Roaming Residencies at Turner’s House, Pope’s Grotto, Normansfield Theatre, Strawberry Hill House, and most recently the eternal sunshine of my summer residency in Tuscany.
* Unfortunately refunds, cancellations or transfer of course places cannot be made less than 7 full days before a course or workshop starts, so I can offer the space to someone else.
Katie Sollohub is a Sussex based artist interested in documenting and recording the places she lives and works in through drawings, paintings, performance, photography and poetry.
Katie is also an inspirational teacher, using her own experiences and processes to help motivate others. She aims to live life as a Creative Journey, and generously takes others along for the ride.