Falmouth School of Art Intensives

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Start date
Monday 3 July 2017
Falmouth Campus
5 days full-time
Direct line
01326 370432

The fee of £500 for each Intensive includes all tuition, allocated studio space, some materials and some refreshments.

Please note, the Abstract Painting Intensive is now full for 2017, but late applications can still be considered for Figure Painting and for Observational Drawing.

Course descriptors and tutor biographies

Falmouth School of Art is delighted to offer a choice of three intensive five-day courses for practitioners and art educators, all taking place 3-7 July 2017. The application deadline is 28 April 2017.

These studio-based courses are delivered at our Falmouth Campus, led by expert tutors who provide daily critical input and guidance. We are pleased to be again running our popular Abstract Painting and Figure Painting strands and – new for 2017 – Observational Drawing. 

Abstract Painting

Tutors: Mark Surridge and Simon Averill

This course is designed to support and encourage the development of your work towards outcomes and notions of abstraction. Tutors Simon Averill and Mark Surridge will guide you as you explore a wide range of strategies, ways of thinking and processes for making abstract work. Your tutors are experienced artists with longstanding commitment to exploring abstraction. Thinking about the legacy of this tradition, particularly in the context of Cornwall, Mark and Simon will share the delivery of course content over the five days. Both are members of the Fine Art teaching team at Falmouth School of Art.

Simon Averill has exhibited his work widely in selected exhibitions in the UK and internationally. He has had eleven solo exhibitions, including five in London. ‘My paintings are a response to time spent within nature; I'm drawn to the commonplace, the unnoticed. I try to capture the fleeting and the transitory; the effect of light - not only how it appears, but also how it behaves. …I am also interested in the psychology of decision making within the creative process and my work investigates the relationship between spontaneity and control. My paintings allow these seemingly disparate ideas to co-exist side by side’

Mark Surridge is an established abstract artist working and teaching in Cornwall. Landscape and the elemental forces of nature have been major inspirations in his work, resulting in ambitious large scale paintings, sculptures and installation. His distinctive and individual work has been selected for numerous solo and group exhibitions. 

Mark Surridge's website | Simon Averill's website

Figure Painting

Tutors: Ashley Hold and Jesse Leroy Smith 

This course focuses on painting from the figure, promoting both your skills development and experimentation. It is devised and co-delivered by artists Ashley Hold and Jesse Leroy Smith, who both also teach as Associate Lecturers at Falmouth School of Art.  

Structured around daily workshops (with the tutors leading on alternate days), and mainly working from the life model, the first 3 days will concentrate on experimentation and working quickly, before you embark on a more sustained piece of work for the final 2 days.

Workshops will include contextualising presentations based on examples of both historical and contemporary artists and will cover a range of areas for consideration, such as the figure in space, colour drawing, economy of means, composing with the figure, triangulation as a measuring method, tonal structure, working with a limited palette, traditional and process primaries, priming and preparing surfaces, paint application techniques, use of under-painting and layered rendering etc. There will be an opportunity to work in different mediums, including: water-colour, pastel, ink, oil, acrylic and mixed media.

Ashley Hold is based in Falmouth, Cornwall.  He is an academician of the Royal West of England Academy, and gained his BA(Hons) Fine Art and MA in Twentieth Century Art & Design Histories & Theories at Falmouth. "My work is the result of working directly from observation, continually revising and re-working in attempting to resolve the tension between my commitment to visual fact and my concern for pictorial structure."  

Jesse Leroy Smith is based in Newlyn and Brighton; he exhibits internationally. He studied Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Painting at the Royal Academy Schools in London. Jesse also teaches at Falmouth University. As a figurative painter, Jesse has a thorough knowledge of historical and contemporary depiction of the figure and has a diverse expertise in painting techniques. He collaborates with multi discipline artists and also uses his figure painting to explore animation, printmaking, sculpture, photography and curating exhibitions. In 2016 he was commissioned by the Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites to commemorate the mining landscapes of the region with a series of art events, a suite of etchings and paintings.

Ashely Hold's website | Jesse Leroy Smith's website

Observational Drawing

Tutors: Phil Naylor, Isolde Pullum, Peter Skerrett, Dr. Joe Graham

The rich qualities of Falmouth’s coastal environment provide the subject matter for this Drawing Intensive, in which observational skills will be taught and creative developments explored. The course is structured around practising observation skills in the field, capturing images from your surroundings and building on these findings in the context of the studio.

Delivered by Falmouth School of Art’s Drawing team, with its diverse skillset and expertise, this Intensive will support you both in developing your observational skills, and in exploring new approaches, techniques and ways of thinking about observational drawing.

The first courses delivered by the original Falmouth School of Art over a century ago were in drawing; the Drawing course here builds on this legacy, pushing the boundaries of what drawing means today.

Phil Naylor is Head of Drawing at Falmouth University. He gained his MA in Autographic Printmaking from Chelsea School of Art, where he studied under Tim Mara. The initiator of innovative BA(Hons) Drawing at Falmouth, Phil is a practising artist in drawing and printmaking, explorer of the edgelands between natural and man-made environments.

Isolde Pullum is a Senior Lecturer and co-developer of the BA(Hons) Drawing course at Falmouth. Isolde has a broad drawing practice, including both observational and speculative approaches, and interests in historical precedents of drawing, narrative illustration and traditional bookbinding. Her major drawing projects include numerous small scale works exploring the phenomena of Pareidolia.

Peter Skerrett is a Senior Lecturer in Drawing, with a background in theatre design and architecture. Now based in Cornwall, he has established a four-acre visitor garden which is home to his studio. Peter’s practice is now mainly rooted in drawing and painting although he still works on design commissions for architectural projects and gardens.

Lecturer in Drawing, Dr. Joe Graham is an artist and drawing researcher based in Falmouth. He is also Visiting Tutor in Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art, London. Joe completed his practice-led PhD in Drawing Research at Loughborough University, following an MFA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, where he gained the Henry Tonks Prize for Drawing. He has recently had an artist monograph, Flea, published by the Centre for Recent Drawing, an artist bookwork, ANCHOR, published by Marmalade Publishers of Visual Theory, and articles in the Journal of Visual Art Practice (14:1) and in Drawing: Research, Theory Practice (Vol.1.1).