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Jonathan Ellis

Jonathan Ellis

I trained in Painting at the Royal Academy Schools and then as a printmaker at Central School of Art in London. Starting out as a portrait painter, I also became an art teacher and a course leader and tutor on adult painting courses, which I continue to enjoy providing. My own practice is increasingly concerned with the figure and depicting the human form in a lively, rigorous and intense way.

Intensive study of the masters is the platform to which I constantly return. Although I have exhibited and sold paintings, I am currently tutoring so that I can paint without needing to sell as I find this allows greater freedom in my search for a language for life.

I have always been concerned with the opportunities provided by objective drawing and the delight of transferring such stimuli into the unpredictable media oil paint and printmaking.

Recently landscape has provided exciting opportunities for research and teaching oil painting. I am very much looking forward to continuing this avenue in France!

The art course:

We'll draw and paint in oils for 6 days and the studio time is unlimited, so although we'll start with slides and paint til 4.30 pm or so, some days will involve local cafe lunches and forays into the stunning countryside and you can paint til suppertime and beyond on our return.

LANDSCAPE - PAINTING IN OILS En Plein Air

An artistic escape into the French countryside, using the varied and surprising landscape immediately around the venue as starting points.

Bonnard said memorably: ‘Nature stands still in front of me, so that I can invent from her’.

Every day starts with a short slideshow/discussion to introduce that day’s theme, then some suggested drawing exercises en plein air, then back to the studio to mix palettes and paint in oils, the most majestic of mediums. To enable working in oils, Jonathan will take your paintings back with him by car, and distribute them, once dry enough, in England.

The structure of the course is simple as every day we will introduce a new emphasis to our developing colour palette.

  • Day 1 - Mixing tones
  • Day 2 - Mixing greens
  • Day 3 - Warm/cool discoveries
  • Day 4 - Black is a colour
  • Day 5 - Colouring light
  • Day 6 - Expressive colour

Matisse: A new painting should be a unique thing .... the artist should call forth all of her energy, sincerity and the greatest possible modesty in order to push aside the old clichés that come so readily to hand.

Recent outcome from a one-day Cezanne still-life course.

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  • One painter not sharing a suite
  • One painter sharing a suite with a non-painting partner
  • Two painters who are also a couple sharing a suite
  • Two painters who are not a couple sharing a suite

Artist's Statement:

“I teach a language, not just how to copy - copying is certainly a skill, but each artist needs to do something rich and rhythmic with their ability. My approach, using led exercises, ensures that both the teacher and the students are always on the edge of discovering something new. We are all in it together, for the first time. Art, like language, has a structure, a pattern, a syntax and the common strands in visual experience can be taught and learnt. It is up to the individual to use that language with the infinite variety of individual expression. This is a liberating approach: we all might not have the skills or inspiration of a great master, but everyone who really wants to draw, can begin to make a connection between their inner and outer worlds and communicate through art."

See more at: jonathanellisart.org

 
Painting Holidays 24th - 31st May 2017
Room Location   Suitable for... Bedding & Bathroom Book
Jardin Suite Manor Level 1 Exec Single Person or Couple Queen bed. En-suite bathroom & private lounge Views of gardens, pool and Cordes-sur-Ciel.
Deposit of £250 payable - select occupants
Cordes Suite Manor Level 2 Exec Single Person or Couple Queen bed. En-suite bathroom. Views of Cordes-sur-Ciel.  
Walnut Suite Manor Level 2 Superior Sharing Singles or Couple Two rooms with a queen bed in each and a shared bathroom. View of gardens.
Deposit of £250 payable - select occupants
Provence Suite Manor Level 2 Exec Sharing Singles or Couple Two single beds. En-suite bathroom.  Views of Cordes-sur-Ciel.
Deposit of £250 payable - select occupants
Studio Suite Studio Ground Level Superior Single Person or Couple Queen bed. En-suite bathroom. Views to external courtyard.
Deposit of £250 payable - select occupants
Farmhouse 1 Farmhouse Level 1 Superior Single Person or Couple Queen bed. En-suite bathroom. Views of Cordes-sur-Ciel.
Deposit of £250 payable - select occupants
Farmhouse 2 Farmhouse Level 1 Superior Sharing Singles or Couple Two single beds. Private bathroom.  Views of courtyards.
Deposit of £250 payable - select occupants
Farmhouse 3 Farmhouse Ground Level Standard Single Person Double bed. Bathroom in corridor, shared with one other room. Views to Cordes-sur-Ciel.
Deposit of £250 payable - select occupants
Farmhouse 4 Farmhouse Ground Level Standard Single Person Double bed. Bathroom in corridor, shared with one other room. Views to courtyard.
Deposit of £250 payable - select occupants