This workshop focuses on colour and tonality. Colour frightens many people because it is so complex. In this workshop we limit ourselves to just three colours at a time (plus white). This makes it simpler to mix colours and to discern colours in what you observe. After the workshop people often say: “For the first time I understand what colour is about”.
First we mix colour using the three true primaries: yellow, cyan and magenta, and then we move on to some other 3 colour palettes. Getting colour right, but not tonality, is unsatisfactory, so we go into tonality where needed.Scattered through each course are short sessions in which we discuss instructive works by other artists.
To conclude, Andries discusses the work made in the workshop, and how that compares with their previous work, with each participant.Andries does not impose a particular style, or push you in a particular direction, but tries to help you find your own path.
Committing to a workshop is a rare opportunity to devote six days exclusively to art making, away from the demands and distractions of everyday life, supported by a group of others who are equally committed.The workshop is suited to all levels, from beginners to professionals. It helps everybody overcome their fear of making art.
Mon 9 Oct 2020 Arrival
Tue 10 Oct Mix colour samples with true primary colours. Art discussed: Arikha, Hals
Wed 11 Oct Paint with true primary colours. Art discussed: Still life as genre; Heda etc
Thurs 12 Oct Paint with ochre/magenta/viridian. Art discussed: Freud, Rembrandt
Fri 13 Oct Paint with ochre/magenta/viridian. Art discussed: Vermeer, Velasquez
Sat 14 Oct Paint with ochre /Indian red /black. Art discussed: Morandi, Giacometti
Sun 15 Oct Paint with ochre/burnt umber/viridian. Art discussed: Bonnard, Matisse, Guston
Departure: Morning session ends 12:00. Allow for two and a half hours before flight departure.
Andries Gouws describes himself as a bald Dutch-South African Buddhist-Calvinist bourgeois painter. He is known for his small meditative paintings of unremarkable topics such as interiors or feet. Gouws studied fine art in Cape Town, Düsseldorf and Amsterdam, and philosophy in Utrecht (the Netherlands). After spending 16 years in Europe, he returned to South Africa in 1987. His one man shows “Hiding behind simple things” (2006) and “Pedestrian Paintings” (2011-12) travelled to all the major centres in South Africa, after his previous one man shows in Durban, Cape Town and Chicago.
Following years in which he earned his keep as a philosophy lecturer in the Netherlands, Stellenbosch and then Durban, he now lives in Jamestown (Stellenbosch) as a full-time painter and painting teacher. Gouws is married to the novelist and artist Ingrid Winterbach, and they have two daughters.
More about Andries and his work on his website, andriesgouws.com.
Several of his paintings can be viewed, and his articles on art, culture and philosophy read here.
The Talking Table is a place on the beautiful port village of Molyvos on the Greek island of Lesbos where people learn, eat and talk together. Hosted by two ex-corporate South Africans, guests participating in various workshops are welcomed with warmth and generosity and given a safe environment for their creativity to flourish. Hearty long-table meals of mostly Greek food are served, while good conversation is always on the menu. A number of workshops are held in South Africa during the autumn.
The fee of €1 350 includes transfers to and from the ports*, breakfast and a long-table meal each day, course fee and art supplies. Accommodation and travel are excluded.
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* An hour and a quarter's drive each way. Only applicable on the arrival and departure days. If you stay longer there are taxis available.