Light on Water: Expressive Mark-making in Abstract Watercolour Landscape
Jun
18
to Jun 21

Light on Water: Expressive Mark-making in Abstract Watercolour Landscape

The River Derwent, 10 minutes walk away, will be a prompt for expressive , gestural drawing and painting.

The River Derwent, 10 minutes walk away, will be a prompt for expressive , gestural drawing and painting.

Working from the banks of the River Derwent (a 10-minute walk away) and the Dales landscape, you’ll soon be translating drawings into energetic planes of transparent watercolour. Explore the paradox of both letting rip and gaining control of watercolour with Ella’s unique insights into handling the medium, and finding your own mark-making rhythm in gestural paint work. We’ll be inspired by artists such as Ivon Hitchens, Peter Lanyon, Joan Mitchell and Alf Löhr.

Treat yourself to an immersive , full-board painting retreat, based in a luxurious and recently restored private Georgian house. Stay on-site, in one of the beautifully appointed rooms, enjoying exquisite food by Master Chef Charlie Ratcliffe. There are also several places for non-resident painters.

Prices for the retreat vary, if you're staying in the house,  depending on your choice of sole/shared occupancy and ensuite/non-ensuite room. The residential rates all include full-board and afternoon tea, materials and equipment etc.  For non-resident painters, the coast is a flat rate £320, including all materials, four lunches, afternoon teas etc.

Development of paintings back in the studio.

Development of paintings back in the studio.

See more about the venue, Darley House, here >

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Working in series: abstract watercolour, composition, collage and mixed media
Oct
8
to Oct 11

Working in series: abstract watercolour, composition, collage and mixed media

The striking autumnal gardens at Darley House offer many ways in to drawing and painting.

The striking autumnal gardens at Darley House offer many ways in to drawing and painting.

Learn processes for developing a coherent and connected series of paintings. Artists have always worked in series, to enable focused and sustained exploration of an idea, motif, colour or subject (e.g. buildings and architecture, trees, figures, plants, a subject in different lights). Discover a process of researching, editing and developing your work, where seeds found in one work inform the next piece. A range of watercolour and mixed media experiments will facilitate the process. We’ll look at examples from artists including Richard Diebenkorn and Ellsworth Kelly and his little-known works on paper.

It's still warm enough to work outside at this time of year.

It's still warm enough to work outside at this time of year.

Treat yourself to an immersive full-board painting retreat, based in a luxurious and recently restored private Georgian house. Stay on-site, in one of the beautifully appointed rooms, enjoying exquisite food by Master Chef Charlie Ratcliffe. There are also several places for non-resident painters.

See more about the venue here: http://darleyhouse.com

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 (sold out) Colour & structure: abstract watercolour landscape & architecture. Derbyshire painting course.
Nov
6
to Nov 9

(sold out) Colour & structure: abstract watercolour landscape & architecture. Derbyshire painting course.

Fully booked

Late autumn gardens, Dales landscapes, and Georgian and village architecture, will inform your investigation of subtle and nuanced colour work and powerfully structured abstract composition. 

We’ll be working in watercolour and gouache, referencing ideas from various 20th Century artists, including Keith Vaughan and Richard Diebenkorn.

Treat yourself to a full-board, chef-catered, residential place at Darley House, in Darley Dale, near Matlock in Derbyshire. It's an opportunity to take your work to the next level. This immersive art retreat gives you chance to develop and consolidate your painting, away from everyday pressures.

The art course part of the retreat - including all studio materials and equipment - is a flat rate of £200 per painter. The total cost is arrived at by adding on a proportion of the  cost of house hire, meals and accommodation. For non-resident painters, this is an additional £120. For painters staying on site, this is priced on a sliding scale, with a choice of ensuite or standard room, and single or shared occupancy. Please contact Ella for availability of rooms.

Ella Clocksin (2017) Quarry, watercolour & mixed media

Ella Clocksin (2017) Quarry, watercolour & mixed media

Ella Clocksin (2017) Landscript 5, watercolour & mixed media

Ella Clocksin (2017) Landscript 5, watercolour & mixed media

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