Bonnard copy by Alice Mumford

Bonnard + the Electric Light

Oil / Landscape

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Pierre Bonnard, The White Tablecloth, 1925 © Medienzentrum Wuppertal

Take a journey with artist Alice Mumford to explore the intimately lit domestic spaces of Bonnard’s paintings. Learn how to capture the warm diffused light of Bonnard’s tabletop settings and see how he captured the poetry of everyday life as it played out in living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. 

In her introduction, Alice will give a brief overview of how other artists have depicted light, looking at Hopper, Morandi, Gwen John and Rembrandt. This will help to emphasise how the use of an electric light can change the outcome of a painting. We will then do some practical exercises that will help give an understanding of how tone and colour can be used to create big contrasts, giving the effect of electric light.  

Alice will set up a still-life in the spirit of a Bonnard painting in the Porthmeor Studio. After she has done her demonstration, we will work alongside each other from the still-life, which will be broadcast live from the Studio.

What will I learn?

  • A better understanding of shadows, and therefore light, in painting.
  • How to use colour and tone to create drama.
  • How to unpack a painting to understand colour and tone better.
  • More about the approach of Bonnard and other painters, with a focus on his investigations into light and shadow painting.

Who would this course suit?

This course is suitable for any level of experience. Ideal for anyone already working in oils interested in learning more about how to add tone and depth to their paintings. Alice’s enthusiasm and experience create the ideal conditions for new ways of exploring still-life painting.

How does an online session work?

Once you have booked, we will send you a link the day before the session starts so you can join us live. All you need to do is follow the link ten minutes before the start time. You can watch this on a PC, laptop or tablet and if you have chromecast or miracast you could even cast to your SmartTV from your phone.

You can put questions to the tutor using the chat function during the session. The sessions are recorded and you will be able to watch again at your leisure as many times as you want for up to 6 months. You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world.

Bonnard and the Electric Light

Oil / Landscape

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Taught by

Alice
Mumford

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“The school of painting is an oasis; a place to share ideas, enthusiasm and adventures into painting. Teaching has helped me to translate my thoughts and reflections about art into practical courses. In doing this I have learnt so much and shared in that adventure. It’s an opportunity to pass on the wonderful sense of being part of a bigger ‘family’ of painters.”

What to Bring

We will send you a full materials list after you book. But you will need a selection of oil paints, brushes and boards to work on.

You will need access to the internet and ideally a PC or laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are not really suitable to watch a webinar on as the presenter will be hard to see when they share their screen with you. But we will be sending you a recording of the session so you can revisit it.

Timings and Breaks

We will start the session at 10.30 am GMT. We expect this session to last about two and a half hours. In the session please pose questions to the artist using the Q & A function. We will pause for questions at different points during the session.

FAQs

Online Art Courses

Do I need a webcam/any equipment.

For our webinar sessions which are broadcast on the internet no webcam or microphone is needed as you just need to be able to see/hear hosts and you can communicate using the chat function. You can watch using a PC, Smart TV or tablet. A phone isn’t ideal as you will struggle to see enough unless you can miracast to a screen or smart TV.

For the longer online courses on Zoom you will need a laptop or tablet with audio and camera enabled so you can have a screen near where you are working. If you have a PC without camera or speakers, you can purchase a plug and play webcam for approx £25 which connects to a usb port. You will also need reasonable broadband connection and speed.

I have registered for the webinar but I cant find my joining link

The link will be emailed to you at least 30 minutes before the session. Please check your junk mail and if you can’t find the email please contact info@schoolofpainting.co.uk and we will resend it. You can use a PC or tablet or even cast from your phone to watch on your Smart TV.

I paid for the session but missed it, can you send me the video?

Currently all our online sessions are recorded and the video recording will automatically be sent to all who booked on the session. You will have at least a week from the date of the session to watch it or up to a month for some of our longer courses and webinars.

Our Courses

How can I get help in choosing a course?

Our friendly expert staff are always happy to discuss your needs and our courses in more detail to help you with your decision. Please call us on 01736 797180

How do I get my work home?

Tutors have special techniques for transporting oil paintings and the school has plastic folders available in our shop for £3.50 or do bring a portfolio.

For international students we are happy to arrange transportation of your work back home.

What do I need to bring?

Absolutely nothing! All materials and aprons are provided although some people do like to bring their own set of brushes.

What do I do for lunch?

Courses allow an hour’s break for lunch and there are numerous places nearby or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch into the studio.

What times do courses run?

Most of our courses start at 10am and end at 4.30pm on the first day. Subsequent days we start at 9.30am ending at 4pm.

Weekend Courses run 10am – 4pm on the first day but the final day starts at 9.30 and ends at 3.30 with a short lunch break to enable people to get home that evening.


Do you have to be experienced to come to the School?

The School is a very friendly and welcoming place for all ages and experience. Our drop-in life classes and August half-day workshops are ideal for those wanting to have a go for the first time. Most of our longer courses are also fine for novices.

If any of the courses do need a bit of experience we flag this up in the brochure and on the website.

Booking a Course

Can I pay by cheque?

Please get in touch by phone and we can hold your place for a few days whilst you post your cheque (made payable to: St Ives School of Painting) to us at St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios. St Ives TR26 1NG

How can I reserve a place?

We will hold a provisional reservation for 24 hours if you give us a call whilst you find accommodation. Otherwise please book online or by telephone 01736 797180.

You can reserve a place with a £100 deposit; balance is due 12 weeks before course start date.

About St Ives

Where do I park?

The nearest long stay public car parks are the Island and Barnoon both 5 minute walk away. In the peak summer months it may be easier to park at the big top car park by the leisure centre and walk down into town. If you don’t fancy the walk up the hill at the end of the day there is a shuttle bus which runs from outside the cinema.

How do I get there?

Public Transport: If you are coming from further afield the main train line runs into St Erth which is a 15 min taxi ride away or you can take the St Ives Bay Line which runs approx. every 30 minutes. The School is a 10 minute walk from St Ives station.

Driving: M5 will take you to Exeter where we recommend that you take the A30 across Bodmin Moor and into Cornwall. After passing Hayle, leave the A30 at St Erth roundabout for St Ives. Turn right at the second roundabout. This road will take you through Lelant and Carbis Bay into St Ives.

Where can I stay?

St Ives has a huge selection of hotels, guest houses and self catering accommodation to choose from. Please browse the art holidays St Ives section on our website and give us a call if you would like any help.

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