“If drawing belongs to the world of the spirit and colour to that of the senses, you must draw first to cultivate the spirit”
– Henri Matisse
This course aims to integrate our immediate instinctive response to the world through drawing with the more complex challenges of painting in colour. What we see and feel about the world around us often needs a systematic ordering which drawing allows us to explore; the construction of composition, editorial choice of elements, the specific energy of the mood. The objective is a harmony in which materials, formal elements of rhythm and surface express visually what words could not. Colour is at the heart of these relationships.
We will combine working outdoors from specific local locations with studio sessions in which the personal concerns of each student can be focused on. These might include working from memory or areas such as developing a personal colour language. The studio space in a converted stable providing each of you with your own separate bay.
The course is suitable for all levels and there will be lots of one to one tuition as well as group discussion. I would like this course to feel as collegiate as possible working alongside each other in different ways to a common aim.
The local landscape is varied with spectacular open views rivers and woods, with ample subjects available on foot or a short drive away. There will be one trip to see the remarkable city of Modena to draw from the city and see its sights.
Fly to Bologna from where you will be collected by minibus. Group collection and drop off times will be arranged by email.
You can find more details on how to get here. For the more adventurous, you may want to allow time for a longer visit which could include the nearby cities of Modena, Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Parma and Ferrara, Piacenza and Mantova, read more about the area at .
Mark Cazalet is an artist who has worked across many media principally in drawing and painting for the last thirty years plus. He is a Senior Member of Faculty at The Royal Drawing School in London and Senior Tutor at West Dean College, as well as teaching at UWE Bristol and Arts in Provence. He has continuously shown at commercial galleries in the U.K. and internationally, fulfilling architectural commissions in glass, mosaic and weaving.
Jan Waterhouse has been cooking for events for over 30 years. She is looking forward to using the outstanding locally sourced produce to create dishes for the guests to enjoy.
Running the villa and supporting the course is host Fiona Geilinger, an artist, short film maker, dancer and garden designer. She studied art by pupillage, with painter Nick Bodimeade and has an MA in Art and Design by Independent Project, University of Brighton. Find out more about Fiona’s work at .
Helping out with driving and other odd jobs during the course will be Steve (Spike) Geilinger. He is a freelance director, working mainly for the BBC, making documentaries about fine art, architecture, history and food. Most recently he has been making the series ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ with Bendor Grosvenor for BBC Four.