Join us here in the pretty harbour town of Kirkcudbright, known nationally as “The Artists Town”.
The story of its artists’ colony is full of examples of artists arriving on a summer painting visit and staying on for the rest of their lives.
The reasons why Kirkcudbright attracted so many painters and became an artists’ colony are not difficult to discern. It was, and remains, perhaps the most attractive small town in Scotland with impressive architecture. There is the High Street with its ancient Tollbooth and the 18th century town houses enlivened by their variously and sometimes eccentrically painted frontages, the myriad colours giving the street an exotic, almost continental, atmosphere. Between the houses are cobbled, crooked wynds, many of which contain artist’s and craftsmen’s studios. McLellan’s Castle an imposing sixteenth century ruin in the middle of the town, dominates the skyline. When E.A.Taylor asked Hornel why he thought Kirkcudbright was so popular with artists he said, “Well, it’s a fine old town and not too big, but big enough to keep you from vegetating.
We have created a series of breaks in conjunction with local artists and historians.
7th March 2014 for 2 nights ‘Kirkcudbright’ artists break with Peter Jones £249pp
This creative weekend, providing a unique experience of Kirkcudbright the Artist’s Town, will have both an art historical and a practical element. Visits to the Tolbooth Art Centre and High St Gallery as part of a guided walk around the town will provide context for an illustrated talk later on the Saturday looking at the artists of the so-called Kirkcudbright School. Many will be familiar with the names of E A Hornel, Jessie M King and perhaps also Charles Oppenheimer and E A Taylor. These were certainly the artworld heavyweights associated with the town. But we will also look at some of the less well-known but uniquely gifted artists who were drawn to work in Kirkcudbright not only by its illustrious resident artists but also by it’s qualities of light and colour, as well as the proximity of such a range of subject matter, in town, sea and shore, hill and woodland.
A sketchwalk, taking in the historic High Street with its fine Georgian Townhouses, at one time said to be the home of over 50 artists, will be the basis for producing finished sketches, which we will share with one another later on. Whilst some experience of drawing and watercolour would be preferable, different levels will be catered for and the emphasis will be on the thrill and pleasure of drawing and painting ‘en plein air’. There will be further opportunities to work around the town, or indoors if wet, and one to one tuition will be provided.
Artist in residence/tutor Peter Jones has a long family association and love for Kirkcudbright and has been exhibiting at the High St Gallery in the town since 2001. He has also exhibited in Edinburgh, London and Paris and his work is in many private collections in the UK and overseas. A graduate in History of Art from St Andrew’s University, his dissertation focused on the Kirkcudbright School, an interest sparked at an early age by a close teacher-pupil relationship with the late Ann Dallas, said by many to be the last surviving member of the Kirkcudbright School.
Examples of work by Peter Jones:
The price of £249 includes 2 nights Dinner, bed and breakfast plus 2 soup and sandwich lunches and morning coffee each day.
Artists need to bring their own materials but all tuition, trips out and lectures are included in the cost.
2014 ART HISTORY WEEKENDS - Masterpieces of Scotland – 31st OCTOBER and 7th NOVEMBER 2014 2 nights £219pp
with Jeremy Carlisle
‘Masterpieces from Scottish Collections’ Six paintings/works of art will be chosen from Scottish collections. Each of the six sessions over the weekend will focus on one of these in turn. They will be explored in the context of the artist’s work and times. With between 20 and 30 slides per talk we can take an in-depth look at the artist’s development. The Leonardo da Vinci from Drumlanrig. Titian, Watteau, Delacroix, Vermeer, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin… from the National Gallery in Edinburgh. Degas, Manet, Cezanne, Egyptian sculpture, from the Burrell collection. Picasso, Matisse from the Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. Dali, Rembrandt from the Kelvingrove in Glasgow, they would all be possible candidates for the weekend. So, scope for plenty of variety and contrast. £219pp
For more information about your course Tutor please visit Jeremy’s website http://www.jeremycarlisle.co.uk