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Painting in the Garden | Spring

Monday 10 May 9:00AM
AT Charleston
Tickets: £120

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A day long workshop in the beautiful Springtime garden with artist Julian Le Bas.


The Garden at Charleston, designed by artist and critic Roger Fry, was planted to be painted. Join artist Julian Le Bas for a day’s intensive painting tuition, and lose yourself in the atmosphere of the Walled Garden and surrounding grounds.

Suitable for improvers, this workshop will look at approaches to composition, with a particular emphasis on colour. Students may work in oil or acrylic. Easels and boards provided. Students will need to provide their own paints and brushes.

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and some tools and materials.


The Garden in May

Apple-blossom time. May also sees a good show of bulbs – particularly daffodils and tulips: The tulips are selected both for their strong colour and their introduction during the key period of the garden (1930-40’s). ‘Queen of the night’ (1940), the famous back tulip,  is used to contrast with rich colours such as both purple and orange parrot tulips, ‘Bleu amiable (1916), a rich red ‘Demeter’ (1932)  and the chalice-shaped golden-yellow ‘Mrs J. Scheepers’ (1930). Nodding above most displays is the ‘White Triumphator’ (1942) standing tall at 25”. Its pure white petals twist and reflex slightly at the tips.

The wallflowers line the main axial path with the rich flame-colours of the ‘Orange King’ and the velvety texture of the ‘Scarlet Empress’. All beds enjoy a light sprinkling of forget-me-not and a sparkle of Sweet rocket. The deep ruff of clove-scented pinks fills the entire garden with scent.


About the artist:

Born in 1958 – Sussex based painter Julian Le Bas studied at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design. Graduating at Brighton Polytechnic in 1981, with an affinity with the landscape developed; This was further explored in Cyprus at the College of Art on a Post Graduate Course in 1984.

Le Bas was selected for a Solo show at The Towner in 1990 and has exhibited widely including, The Bede Gallery, Jarrow, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, and The Jerwood Drawing Prize. He has just finished exhibiting his exhibition ‘Carpe Diem’ at St. Anne’s Galleries in Lewes.

Norbert Lynton wrote in the catalogue, ‘Artists in Sussex in the Twentieth Century’,’ For Julian Le Bas landscape is a live encounter and art, re-enacting of specific experiences, in paint or with charcoal on paper.’

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