Online Class

"Seek has been such a friendly safe place in which to take on challenges, develop skills and experiment. Tasks are referenced to interesting pieces of art, research and reflection a part of what we’re asked to do. Personal interpretation and opinions welcomed and valued."

Seek Art School Judith

£22 a week

Gift Card available on request.

  • Thursday 6 pm payment deadline.
  • Friday morning project sent out.
  • Wednesday lunchtime return of completed work deadline.
  • Wednesday/Thursday comments sent, plus a portfolio of everyone’s work.
  • Thursday at either 3pm or 8pm video conference for discussion of everyone’s work.

Student responses to the project

Sample project

TOWARDS THE ABSTRACT

A bit of art history to get you started this week.

In 1890 the French painter, decorative artist and writer, Maurice Denis said a very profound thing that resonates even today. “Remember that a picture, before being a battle horse, or a nude or some sort of anecdote, is essentially a plane surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order.” We all remember that wonderful Morecambe & Wise comedy sketch with the composer Andre Previn. Being accused of playing all the wrong notes by Previn, Eric reacts with “ I’m playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order.” Getting that semblance of the ‘right order’ that ‘works’ is a continual challenge for everyone including artists.

Look at the images I’ve included and see how the artists have distilled their compositions into simple arrangements of coloured shapes, still representing the subject but in semi-abstract form. The picture by Paul Serusier called ‘the Talisman’ is about A3 in size, painted on the back of a cigar box, under the instruction of Paul Gauguin. It was called ’The Talisman’ because of its special significance to the group of artists called ‘Les Nabis’ (Hebrew for prophet) and used it as inspiration for their collective approach to painting.

PRACTICAL PROJECT (Three Hours)

One picture up to A3.

Any materials, which includes a mix of materials including collage.

Choose your subject to work from. Look at its simple shapes and colours and carry that way of looking into the whole composition. See how all the example images are still able to represent objects but in that distilled way. The important thing is to try and not get bogged down in detail.

BACKGROUND RESEARCH

Keith Vaughan, Paul Klee, Paul Serusier, Nicolas de Stael