Colour and Composition: Collins, Poussin & Bosschaert

Subject: Painting
Dates: 3 April 2017 - 7 April 2017
Time: 10:30-17:30
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG
Tutor: Lily Corbett
Full price
£ 350
Student and pensioner concession
£ 280

"There is no point taming a sheep, find the lion and tame it"  - Cecil Collins

The course begins at the Princes School, working in a creative and experimental way, seeing drawing as 'visual energy' with exercises from the teachings of Cecil Collins involving an expansion of technique covering tonality, masculine and feminine mark-making, phrasing, spacing, intervals, developing a 'sensitive, rhythmic, vitality' whilst working from nature and the imagination.

Some music and movements help the flow of creativity. Colour harmony studies in watercolours with the ancient and renaissance palette follow, then all these studies are related to creating a transformational, individual work based on a painting from Dulwich.

The course includes a day of drawing from paintings at Dulwich Galley, and some discussion of works including those by Nicholas Poussin and Ambrosius Bosschaert and observing the underlying composition and colour. Admission to Dulwich Picture Gallery is included in the cost of the course.

Materials used shall be pencils in the gallery; Conté red chalk, quill pens, reed pens, Chinese brushes with seven tones of Chinese ink, charcoal and watercolours are added for studies at the school.

Please bring an artists’ notebook for sketching and notes and watercolour brushes size 002 and 003.

All other materials and instruments are provided.


Monday, 3 April - The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, 10:30-17:30

Tuesday, 4 April - Dulwich Picture Gallery, 10:00 - 17:00

Wednesday-Friday, 5-7 April - The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, 10:30-17:30

Tutor biography

Lily Corbett

Lily Corbett is a painter who studied drawing and painting with the visionary artist Cecil Collins from 1976 until 1989 and continues to teach his methods in life drawing. She also worked as a picture restorer and conserver for many years She completed her MA at The Prince's School of Traditional Arts in 2002.

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