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Block printing with Molly Mahon 12 October 2020 Learn the art of block printing with Molly Mahon

Experience the joy of block print with Molly Mahon in Charleston's beautiful 17th century barns.  This year Molly's carefully curated workshops are 'inspired by the English Garden' and the day will include a tour of the house as well as an introduction to Charleston garden with head gardener Fiona Dennis.  You will print and take away a table runner and four matching napkins. Molly will bring carved wooden blocks to use, created exclusively for this series of workshops.

The price includes private tour and all materials as well as a delicious lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

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Styling & Photography for Social Media | 1 June 2020 Styling & Photography for Social Media

An intensive day long workshop with blogger, stylist and photographer Emma Harris, ‘A Quiet Style’.

This workshop will focus on creative styling and photography using your smartphone. You will learn how to take beautiful photographs, developing your own distinct photography style. Emma will guide you through how to style a scene and tell a visual story. You will explore how to get the most from your camera phone, including angles, focal points and the rule of thirds, as well as editing and useful apps for your camera.

In the afternoon, you will have a unique opportunity to take photographs for social media inside the House, which is usually prohibited.

You will leave feeling happy and confident with a portfolio of beautiful photographs to share.

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Painted Lampshades with Tess Newall | 22 June 2020 Painted Lampshades

About the day:

Immerse yourself in all things Bloomsbury with our day long painted lampshades workshop with decorative specialist Tess Newall.

Participants will be given their own wove card lampshade to paint and take home, adding a piece of art to their house in the nature of the Bloomsbury group.

They will draw inspiration from the shapes and patterns of the Omega Workshops, painted pieces within the house, and natural forms in the garden.

The day includes a private tour of the House for inspiration and entrance to 'Post-Impressionist Living: The Omega Workshops'.

The price includes a large (39cm), beautiful quality lampshade and all specialist paints.

All other materials and equipment are included, as well as a delicious lunch.

About the tutor:

Tess is a set designer and decorative painter for films and interiors. She art directed the recent film Vita & Virginia, re-creating Charleston for the filmset in rural Ireland. Working from her garden studio in East Sussex, she paints pieces of furniture for interior designers and has launched a range of Bloomsbury inspired lampshades under Papyra Lampshades.

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Painting in the Garden - Summer | 20 July 2020 The Garden at Charleston, designed by artist and critic Roger Fry, was planted to be painted. Join artist Julian Le Bas for a day’s intensive painting tuition, and...

The Garden at Charleston, designed by artist and critic Roger Fry, was planted to be painted. Join artist Julian Le Bas for a day’s intensive painting tuition, and lose yourself in the atmosphere of the Walled Garden and surrounding grounds.

Suitable for improvers, this workshop will look at approaches to composition, with a particular emphasis on colour. Students may work in oil or acrylic. Easels and boards provided. Students will need to provide their own paints.

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, a delicious lunch, tea and coffees.

About the artist:

Born in 1958 – Sussex based painter Julian Le Bas studied at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design. Graduating at Brighton Polytechnic in 1981, with an affinity with the landscape developed; This was further explored in Cyprus at the College of Art on a Post Graduate Course in 1984.

Le Bas was selected for a Solo show at The Towner in 1990 and has exhibited widely including, The Bede Gallery, Jarrow, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, and The Jerwood Drawing Prize. He has just finished exhibiting his exhibition ‘Carpe Diem’ at St. Anne’s Galleries in Lewes.

Norbert Lynton wrote in the catalogue, ‘Artists in Sussex in the Twentieth Century’,’ For Julian Le Bas landscape is a live encounter and art, re-enacting of specific experiences, in paint or with charcoal on paper.’

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Painting in the Garden - Autumn | 21 September 2020 Painting in the Garden at Charleston

The Garden at Charleston, designed by artist and critic Roger Fry, was planted to be painted. Join artist Julian Le Bas for a day’s intensive painting tuition, and lose yourself in the atmosphere of the Walled Garden and surrounding grounds.

Suitable for improvers, this workshop will look at approaches to composition, with a particular emphasis on colour. Students may work in oil or acrylic. Easels and boards provided. Students will need to provide their own paints.

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, a delicious lunch, tea and coffees.

About the artist:

Born in 1958 – Sussex based painter Julian Le Bas studied at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design. Graduating at Brighton Polytechnic in 1981, with an affinity with the landscape developed; This was further explored in Cyprus at the College of Art on a Post Graduate Course in 1984.

Le Bas was selected for a Solo show at The Towner in 1990 and has exhibited widely including, The Bede Gallery, Jarrow, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, and The Jerwood Drawing Prize. He has just finished exhibiting his exhibition ‘Carpe Diem’ at St. Anne’s Galleries in Lewes.

Norbert Lynton wrote in the catalogue, ‘Artists in Sussex in the Twentieth Century’,’ For Julian Le Bas landscape is a live encounter and art, re-enacting of specific experiences, in paint or with charcoal on paper.’

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History of Art module 2 | 1937 - 1979 | 15 Sept to 24 Nov 2020 Module 2 Being Modern: 1937–1979 The art made during Second World War and in the decades immediately afterwards will be the focus of this second module, and widens to...

Module 2

Being Modern: 1937–1979

The art made during Second World War and in the decades immediately afterwards will be the focus of this second module, and widens to focus beyond Europe to the wider world. It will cover modernist European artists forced into exile, particularly in the US, and the resulting explosion of the New York scene.  Sessions include Abstract expressionism, Pop Art, and the Colourfield painters. British artists examined will include Piper, Sutherland, Bacon, Freud and Hockney. There will be a particular focus on female artists this module, including Georgia O’ Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Helen Frankenthaler, Judy Chicago and Cindy Sherman.

This course will introduce you to some of the 20th Centuries most intriguing artists and movements. It will explore the historical and sociological setting, and immerse students in the critical discourse and debates surrounding the work.

The class is open to all, and no previous experience of art history is necessary. It takes runs from 10am to 1pm on Tuesdays from 15 September to 24 November with no class taking place on 27 October because of half-term.

Although there is no formal homework, students will be given a reading and exhibition list. There will also be an opportunity to research and present to other students at the end of the course (although this is entirely voluntary!)

About the tutor

Susie Willis is an art-historian currently completing her PhD at Sussex University. She holds an MA from Sussex and a BA from Manchester.

Her research interests include the art of the 19th and 20th centuries, landscape and nationalism, women artists, feminism and post-colonial theory, and she has a particular interest in researching artistic collectives.

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Painted Lampshades with Tess Newall | 14 Sept2020 Painted Lampshades

About the day:

Immerse yourself in all things Bloomsbury with our day long painted lampshades workshop with decorative specialist Tess Newall.

Participants will be given their own wove card lampshade to paint and take home, adding a piece of art to their house in the nature of the Bloomsbury group.

They will draw inspiration from the shapes and patterns of the Omega Workshops, painted pieces within the house, and natural forms in the garden.

The day includes a private tour of the House for inspiration and entrance to the galleries.

The price includes a large (39cm), beautiful quality lampshade and all specialist paints.

All other materials and equipment are included, as well as a delicious lunch.

About the tutor:

Tess is a set designer and decorative painter for films and interiors. She art directed the recent film Vita & Virginia, re-creating Charleston for the filmset in rural Ireland. Working from her garden studio in East Sussex, she paints pieces of furniture for interior designers and has launched a range of Bloomsbury inspired lampshades under Papyra Lampshades.

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Still Life | Rose Electra Harris | 27 July 2020 Using a mixture of drawing materials including inks, oil and chalk pastels, Rose will lead you through a variety of exercises to loosen you up and teach you to use colour and...

Using a mixture of drawing materials including inks, oil and chalk pastels, Rose will lead you through a variety of exercises to loosen you up and teach you to use colour and pattern in a new way.

Always inspired by the interior and everyday objects, Rose will create a number of still life sets to draw from throughout the day, inspired by Charleston and her favourite objects of the home, as well as flowers from the beautiful gardens.

Rose will focus on drawing things as you see them, rather than as they are. Rose finds in her own practice that distortion or abstraction of objects can often create a more effective result. Staying well away from the use of pencils and rubbers, Rose will encourage the class to be bold with pattern and colours and drawing with free and loose marks.

Along with her own work, Rose will reference work from the Bloomsbury artists as well as her other favourite artists.

This class is suiatble for all levels.

About the tutor:

Rose Electra Harris (b.1991) is a London-based artist working mostly in drawing and printmaking, predominately in etching and screen-printing. She completed her BA Hons in Printmaking at Brighton University in 2015 and now works from her studio in South London.

Rose uses her work to explore the interior, creating dreamlike, surreal and vibrant interpretations of domestic spaces. To her, a room is an oasis and the things within it are what bring it to life. She reimagines the colourful dialogue that exists between space and furnishings, returning to certain imagery – chandeliers, lemon squeezers, chairs or freestanding baths – in her scenes, which make use of a singularly distorted perspective. She uses decorative motifs, exotic hues, intricate patterns and rich textures throughout her work. All of her pieces start life as drawings. Like most artists, Rose learned to draw before she learned to print, and although the majority of her work centres around the craft of printmaking, she feels drawn to ink and pastels. 

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Hand painted plates | 22 September 2020 Amy Isles Freeman hand turns wooden plates and then decorates them with her trademark, joyful, bold designs. In this one day workshop, Amy will guide you through the...

Amy Isles Freeman hand turns wooden plates and then decorates them with her trademark, joyful, bold designs. In this one day workshop, Amy will guide you through the process of creating a beautiful plate of your own.

You will work on a 'naked' wooden plate.The day begins with a tour of the House for inspiration, looking at colour and pattern, and the many examples of hand decoarted ceramics. You will then spend some time doing drawing exercises, experimenting with mark making and thinking about colour and shape, line quality and texture.

After a delicious artisan lunch, you will spend the afternoon translating this prepatory work into a design for your plate. You design can incorporate elements of what is important and meaningful to you. At the end of the workshop you will have created a something both beautiful and useful for your home, an heirloom, or a gift for somebody special.

About the tutor

Amy Isles Freeman is an established artist based in Brighton. Since graduating from Falmouth Art School in 2014, Amy has created a range of hand turned, hand painted wooden bowls that have been stocked by Le Bon Marché, Paris, and Liberty, London. Amy’s work straddles the worlds of fine art, illustration and craft, pairing the decorative and colourful with clean and pleasing pieces of woodturning. Alongside the bowls, Amy creates painted furniture, hand painted clothing and runs workshops, guiding people through painting their own wooden objects.

Exploring themes of female sexuality, freedom and joy, there is a narrative to Amy’s work that is current and exciting, putting her amongst the cohort of young female artists making celebratory feminist work.

Amy was selected as one of The Sunday Times’ ‘Next Year’s Faces Now’, as well as featuring in many regional and national publications such as Homes and Gardens, The FT’s How to Spend it, The Evening Standard and Cornwall Life.

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Basketry | 16 September 2020 Basketry

This is a 1 day workshop where we will focus on simple frame baskets which historically were woven all over Britain and Ireland. 

You will make a small, shallow ribbed frame basket which was traditionally used for straining potatoes. It is beautiful as a wall piece, or on the table holding fruit / bread. (Approx 25cm diameter).

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN:

·         How to prepare willow for weaving

·         How to create a system of weaving which fills the basket evenly
 

      About Annemarie

      I am a basket maker, working on small-scale domestic objects to large-scale architectural installations.

Using willow, which I grow and harvest, I use weaving and binding techniques, which have been used for hundreds of years to make a range of functional and non-functional work.  I'm really interested in seeing the process of making through, from the source to the finished piece.

Collaboration is a key part of my work. I love to share ideas with makers from other disciplines. I like to work in a playful way, but the end product always has a high level of craft. 

I am very grateful to all the makers who came before me, who discovered amazing ways to make and construct. Without them I would have nothing. I love the simplicity of basket making. All I need is a knife and some rods of willow and I can make a basket.

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Painted Trays 15th June 2020 Painted trays

About the day:

Spend the day with decorative specialist Melissa White, designing and painting an Omega Workshops inspired painted tray. You will begin the day with a private tour of the House.

You will learn various paint effects and antiquing techniques that can be used to recreate that distinctive look, as well as how to transform your final piece with glazes and waxes.

You will leave with something both beautiful and useful, for your home or an unique gift for someone special.

The day also includes all materials and a delicious lunch.

About the tutor: Melissa White

From my studio in Hastings on the Sussex coast of England, I design and hand paint surface pattern for interiors. Working largely to commission I create bespoke pieces for domestic, commercial and heritage interiors.

I came to the world of decorative interiors from an unconventional direction, specialising in reproducing Elizabethan wall paintings and painted cloths in the tradition of the craftsmen known as “painter stainers”. I’ve remained intrigued by this beguiling genre researching and reproducing rare designs for museums and historic houses whilst also adapting them for modern tastes.

At the same time my inherent love of surface pattern has drawn me towards diverse and ever-changing influences for my designs. My open-minded and inquisitive approach to decoration makes for fruitful collaborations whilst ensuring the artwork carries my distinctive signature.

This signature style is imbued with a historic, artisanal and painterly feel that has its roots in the wall paintings of old. My paintwork is often finished with ageing and distressing to distance it from the new and the mass produced, adding what I think of as “The patination of time”.

www.melissawhite.co.uk

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