Administration Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.lavenderhillstudios.com/ Unit 101 - Battersea Business Centre - 99-109 Lave London, England SW11 5QL United Kingdom Phone: 020 7223 2360 Lavender Hill Studios is the first atelier in London dedicated to teaching traditional techniques of representational art.
The studio has been open since November 2004, offering a variety of full and part-time courses. Students work alongside the teachers and studio assistants. The teaching is intensive with painting and drawing demonstrations fundamental to our teaching method.
Mission Statement: We believe art students want to receive clear, practical instruction on the principles and methods of drawing and painting. Therefore, students begin with a ten-session foundation course, consisting of 1) proportion, 2) line and volume 3) chiaroscuro and 4) colour. Professional artists use all these elements simultaneously, but a learner can be taught these one at a time, each stage naturally leading into the next.
Students will practice these four elements in short repetitive exercises, but their days will be balanced with longer projects where they can push their work to a higher degree and are encouraged to find their own artistic voice.
We offer a variety of full and part-time courses.
Full-time Course. An intensive two year commitment where the student trains three to five days a week for three 12 week terms a year. Acceptance based on portfolio review and an interview if possible.
The Foundation Course. Every student, regardless of professional experience completes the ten session introductory Foundation Course. This is the basis of our philosophy and is very informative. The course runs three times during the academic year and once in July. Ten 3hour sessions to be completed within a 12 week period, held 4 times a week (Mon. and Wed. 9.30-12.30 and 6.30-9.30).
July Courses. Four 1 week courses: 1) The Foundation Course 2) Portrait Course 3) Figure Course 4) Sculpture or Landscape Course; students can enroll for any number of the four courses. Many international students attend the July course, which offers an opportunity to study four different disciplines in one month of intensive training.
Sketch Club. Tuesday evenings 6.30-8.30 Open drop-in drawing session from September until March.
Atelier sessions. Please call or e-mail for further information.
Art Material: All the necessary materials can be purchased from the studio store, Lavender Hill Colours. Initially students paint with the cheapest materials available so they learn not to be precious about their work. As they become more advanced we introduce higher quality paint and canvas and more sophisticated mediums. Eventually the students learn to make their own canvases and oil paints.
Scott Pohlschmidt specializes in materials, sculpture and in traditional techniques of alla prima and glazing. He trained and taught at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy for 10 years. He had a successful solo exhibition at Leighton House Museum, London followed with an article in the 2006 July/August issue of American Artist Magazine. He appeared in John Myattís "Mastering the Art: Edward Hopper" 12 part series for Sky Arts. His portrait ìTimî was accepted in the BP portrait award 2007. He works out of a London studio with a growing portraiture and sculpture practice.
Ann Witheridge read History of Art at Christ's College, Cambridge and studied painting in both Venice and Florence. A recent commission took her to Goodwood House to paint the impressive cedar trees for The Duke of Richmond and subsequently appeared in the catalogue of the collection 'Goodwood: Art and Architecture, Sport and Family'. She taught at the Charles H. Cecil Studios for five years. Ann works on figure compositions and landscapes for galleries and commissions. www.annwitheridge.com.
Nick Bashall has an established portraiture career in England. He has also been commissioned by the British Army to paint under its armed protection on the streets of Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, invariably in front of large crowds of local people. A former lawyer, Nick subsequently trained for five years as an artist in Mallorca under Joaquim Llado Torrents. www.nickbashall.com.
Geoffrey Leckie studied and assisted Frank Mason at the Art Students League for many years. He exhibits regularly in London and America. He now lives in Venice, Italy and teaches the July Landscape course with Ann.
Alex Tzavares studied at Central St. Martinís College of Art and Design in 1994-95 leaving without completing a degree because of the lack of formal instruction. He continued his search for formal training, attending many part-time painting courses in London. Alex first came to the Lavender Hill Studios in 2005 as a part-time student, and was inspired to study full-time. In 2007 he was awarded a bursary by the studios.