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After Morandi: painting course in abstract light & space, inside/outside. Derbyshire.


  • Darley House Dale Road South, Darley Dale Matlock, DE4 3BP (map)

Adventure into abstraction with clear strategies including rendering observed shapes in more abstract form, suggesting things by their absence, and letting the paint (watercolour and gouache) lead the process.  We’ll get our bearings from Giorgio Morandi’s watercolours - without the bottles - as we research the physical light, space and architecture of Darley House, inside and out. We’ll consider how less is more, and how to assess work when the question ‘Does it look like the subject?’ is no longer useful, as we paint beyond literal subjects into abstract light and space. 

Residential places - now fully booked.

Non-residential places available: 2

Contact Ella to find out about availability of places.

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  • Luxury residential art retreat in a warm, light-filled Georgian house, sensitively restored to the highest standards.
  • Non-residential places also available.
  • Experienced, professional tutor in drawing, contemporary watercolour and mixed media.
  • Suitable for all levels: individual support and feedback tailored to your aims, interests and level of experience.
  • All materials, equipment and studio sundries included.
  • Visual stimuli for both figurative and abstract painters all around, in the historic house and gardens, and Dales landscape.
  • Historic interest: Darley House owned in 19C by Sir Joseph Paxton, Garden Manager at nearby Chatsworth, and designer of Crystal Palace.
  • Accommodation choice of ensuite or separate bathrooms, and shared or single occupancy.
  • Exquisite catering throughout by professional chef.

Thumbnail image: Ella Clocksin, Hidcote, mixed media on paper.