- Colour and Landscape – Exploring colour, light and shape in the Dorset countryside – September 2016
As the “Gardens” exhibition at the RA demonstrated, a painting is concerned only superficially with its subject, but much more profoundly with ideas about light, colour, space, shape and design. This is not to say that the artist is unmoved by, or disengaged with, the subject, but simply that through exploring the abstract qualities mentioned above a much deeper resonance is revealed. In the hands of a good painter, a landscape painting can evoke many mysteries, be they spiritual or earthy, intimate or expansive, triumphant or melancholic.
During this course students considered the competing claims of sensibility for the subject (the extent to which we need to be representational), and had the opportunity to embrace the excitement of self expression, to consider and explore different feelings and moods. They discussed the role of colour in expressing these themes, and the importance of subject selection and simplification in endeavouring to achieve an overall sense of unity and design. Students were encouraged to develop a personal response to the landscape, and
found their own voice in expressing their ideas.
Situated on the Symondsbury estate in Bridport, Dorset, students painted en plein air in the surrounding countryside, as well as in the beautiful 15th Century Tithe Barn.
- Making Your Mark – A Dynamic Workshop That Helps You Find Your Painterly Voice – May 2016
In this course at Hugo’s Bristol studio, students concentrated on finding ways to connect with our imagination, so that their work may become more intense, more personal, more liberated, and that the marks they made on the canvas begin to express what they feel.
In order to achieve they deconstructed the process of painting, by pulling apart its individual components, engaging with their subconscious, and stepping out of their normal working practice and setting aside preconceptions.
During the week students looked at a number of inspirational artists whose work was the fruit of a rich inner life and who expressed both their thoughts and their feelings in the language of paint.
- Rhythm and Colour: Animating and Distilling the Still Life – April 2016
On this course students explored the different approaches of some of Modernism’s Greatest Masters, considering how the shape of a still life, interior or landscape can act as an anchor for a passage of visual poetry. ‘Making Your Mark’ re-energised and focused their painting practice and helped them to evolve as a painter with a distinctive voice.
“I thought the four days were exceptional, the teaching was the best I’ve had and the whole experience was very positive – the company was also great!”
“Hugo is a brilliant teacher and encouraged us all to develop in our own unique way. Loosening up with our painting somehow made us more relaxed and trusting as people, who I am changed and I think that was true for most of us.”
“Doing the course has been extremely motivating. I feel more connected with the excitement that drew me to painting a long time ago.”