This week of abstract drawing and painting will be an opportunity to explore the relationships between colour, rhythm and harmony, taking inspiration from artists such as Paul Klee, Bridget Riley and Sean Scully.
Using the rhythm of the breath as the foundation for an approach to abstract drawing, students will be guided through meditative, rhythmic mark-making exercises. Visiting Portobello Beach, we will use watercolours to record the colours found in the natural environment and order them into harmonious sequences. For the rest of the week these studies will form the basis for a structured approach to abstract composition – students will be shown how to prepare a harmonious palette, and a simple, rhythmical approach to mark-making will continue throughout the painting process. We will layer acrylics and oils to create translucent colours, and students will aim to produce two complementary paintings by the end of the week.