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, a delicious lunch, tea and coffees.
The Garden in July
July sees roses galore including the pale butterfly-like petals of ‘Francis E. Leicester’ clambering through the apple tree, and ‘Eglantine’ enveloping the busts on top of the walls with their bright pink buds. ‘ Félicité Perpétue‘ cascades creamy white clusters of roses from the patio walls and the richly perfumed petals of the ‘Roseraie de l’Haÿ’ crowd the shadier borders. The herbaceous borders zing with Red hot pokers, overarched by the spires of hollyhocks and bold, purple artichokes. Iris, poppy and Canterbury bells jostle for position and the Lilly buds start to swell.
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.’