Many students join us before, after, in-between or instead of Art School.

A resource for Artists and Amateurs, offering essential techniques and skills to Students, a careful introduction and sound foundation for Beginners.

Studio has a welcoming atmosphere and offers challenges in Painting and Drawing; it has workshops, tuition, a meeting place for Artists and students, and a gallery with a variety of work on public display.

The main aim is that every individual should enjoy studio, tuition and facilities, for each, to develop an independent process of painting and drawing. At Abbotsbury Studio accomplished and emerging artists are working in a variety of processes and styles.

Abbotsbury Studio, a former hall, is centrally situated in the village - spacious, with a high ceiling, large windows and good lighting.

The village itself, a gem, is unique, set in a glorious and various landscape at the heart of Dorset's 'World Heritage Site' coast.

Challenges for artists and dialogue among different artists, fundamental and essential skills for students & beginners; John Meaker, tutor, offers analytical and observational disciplines as well as technical skills, appropriate to each individual's vision and ways of making marks. Knowledge of light and tone, colour, mixing and colour combinations, range of exercises, processes experiments are high up the list of priorities.

Welcoming artists/students or newcomers, of all ages & stages to focus enthusiasm, concentration and energy, to make significant progress or refresh their individual working processes.

Artists/students are invited to work in the medium of their choice, whether a familiar medium or a new medium.

The studio has very good facilities (including an easel, 'A1' board, exam table and tall stool - for each person), so you need only bring drawing materials, paints & brushes. J M will be happy to offer suggestions or advice on materials and can usually fill any gaps in people's kit.

The Gallery at Abbotsbury Studio exhibits the work of artists and students.

"The task of all art is to destroy the static equilibrium by establishing a dynamic one."  Piet Mondrian

Twentieth century drawing and painting have been carried from figuration through to abstraction without distortion or reduction by such artists as Mondrian, Soutine, Giacometti, Bomberg, Auerbach and de Kooning. They introduce, through imaginative projection, geometry and gesture, the transmutation of forms and figures into a field of flux. Combining detached analysis and emotionally charged gestural energy, true to the flatness of the canvas, while spatial relationships are held in utmost respect. Among other artists, they show us how we can effect negotiations with transitional states and enjoy the interchangeability of physical form with pure energy.

In the realm of ideas we live in a delightful condition of upheaval and revolution, of transition and opportunity. It looks to many as if the rule book has been thrown away and chaos reigns. However the principles and disciplines involved in the dynamics of drawing, the colours and materials of painting are like laws of physics - behind all the visual arts mechanisms.

Studio Courses

or for our regular Weekly Workshop Classes, click here

 
The daytime courses at ABBOTSBURY STUDIO in 2015 will be Thursday for Life Classes; and for General Painting and Drawing will be every Tuesday from 5th April; FOR DATES SEE BELOW.......................................... Please bring your own lunch............................. There will also be an evening Life Class at ABBOTSBURY STUDIO on Tuesday evenings, 6.30 - 9.30 pm.
Phone or email for information.
Booking not necessary.
 

A Landscape Week Summer 2016

Location - Abbotsbury Studio

X Abbotsbury Studio

Rodden Row, Abbotsbury, Dorset, DT3 4JL<

tel: 01305-871867

email:

web: www.abbotsburystudio.co.uk

Abbotsbury Studio, a former hall, is centrally situated in Abbotsbury village - spacious, with a high ceiling, large windows and good lighting. The village itself is unique and in a glorious and various landscape at the heart of Dorset's 'World Heritage Site' coast.

20th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th JUNE... FOUR DAYS...COME FOR AS FEW OR AS MANY DAYS AS SUITS YOU. PAY BY THE DAY. HALF DAY (£20).... OR WHOLE DAY (£30). All welcome: inexperienced or accomplished Artists. 10am - 4.30pm. Each day meet at Abbotsbury Studio and from there go out into the local landscape.

Woods below the grassy knoll. - click here to see an enlargement

Landscape workshop days at Abbotsbury. Both in the glorious landscape and in the studio: FOUR days MONDAY 20th, WEDNESDAY 22nd, THURSDAY 23rd, FRIDAY 24th June. We will start by going straight out into the Landscape or some mornings with a power point projected picture presentation/discussion on “Abstraction and Landscape”. We will consider Abstract Values, Flat and 3D, approaches, composition and techniques, tone and colour. We will consider the sketch, perhaps with big brushes, how the immediate response gives rhythm, life and individuality. Artists are invited to chose and bring their own different mediums - Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastel, Charcoal.

Weekly Workshop Classes

or for our Studio Courses, click here

 
The Daytime Weekly Workshop Classes at Abbotsbury Studio 2015. All run on a DROP IN PAY ON THE DAY BASIS.... from 10am to 4.30pm, unless specified otherwise, but you can come for just the morning, or just the afternoon - the morning session runs from 10am - 1pm and the afternoon session from 1.45pm - 4.30pm. Bring your own lunch. Scroll further down the page for Thursday Life Classes and Essential Painting Classes on Tuesdays (for dates see below). ...................... There will be a Summer Term weekly Tuesday evening life class starting the term at Abbotsbury Studio ; see below for separate details.

You can pay on the day for any class -

£30 for a full day or £20 for a half day
(Full time & 'A' level students: £20 full day, £10 half day)

Newcomers please phone first, otherwise drop in and pay on the day!
(there are limited numbers however, booking is not necessary - but, for booking details, see the box in the right column)
 

Tuesday Evening Life Class 2016: at ABBOTSBURY STUDIO

NO CLASSES on evenings of 21, 28 June, 5, 19 July, 2 August ............ 6.30 - 9.30pm...£10 a sess
27 weeks - June 13th to December 21st
Location - Abbotsbury Studio

X Abbotsbury Studio

Rodden Row, Abbotsbury, Dorset, DT3 4JL

tel: 01305-871867

email:

web: www.abbotsburystudio.co.uk

Abbotsbury Studio, a former hall, is centrally situated in Abbotsbury village - spacious, with a high ceiling, large windows and good lighting. The village itself is unique and in a glorious and various landscape at the heart of Dorset's 'World Heritage Site' coast.

Used to be at Main Studio at Bridport Arts Centre - click here to see an enlargement

The EVENING LIFE CLASSES will be interrupted over the next few weeks; there will be classes on 12, 26 July, 9 August; back to every Tuesday evening on 9th August ..................... DROP IN, PAY ON THE EVENING. ......ALL WELCOME on Tuesday evenings........We have beginners, students and accomplished Artists and Amateurs; many and varied styles in the same class. Many "A" level and serious aspiring Art Students, over the years, have found this class an important supplement to their studies; adding a resonance to portfolios. It is a sound foundation in observational drawing, passing on essential technical skills and analytical disciplines. Any queries please phone 07816 850107.

 

Thursdays, Daytime, Life Class SPRING - SUMMER 2016, 10am-1pm & 1.45-4.30pm.

All welcome. DROP IN PAY ON THE DAY, £30 all day, £20 half day. Full time students £20 & £10
26 weeks - June 15th to December 16th
Location - Abbotsbury Studio

X Abbotsbury Studio

Rodden Row, Abbotsbury, Dorset, DT3 4JL

tel: 01305-871867

email:

web: www.abbotsburystudio.co.uk

Abbotsbury Studio, a former hall, is centrally situated in Abbotsbury village - spacious, with a high ceiling, large windows and good lighting. The village itself is unique and in a glorious and various landscape at the heart of Dorset's 'World Heritage Site' coast.

charcoal drawings - click here to see an enlargement

Every Thursday......... NO CLASS ON THURSDAY 23RD JUNE (Landscape Week).....We start the day with short poses for one hour; usually these short poses are for about 10 minutes each, followed by perhaps six 2 minute poses. All these short poses in the first session are more likely to have some twists and stretches. After a coffee break we set up one long pose to last for the rest of the day. Although the long pose is necessarily less demanding on the model we are always careful to make sure it is inspiring from all points of view.

 

TUESDAYS, SPRING - SUMMER, 2016. ESSENTIAL PAINTING GROUP, 10am - 1pm, 1.45 - 4.30pm.

All welcome. DROP IN PAY ON THE DAY, £30 all day, £15 half day. Full time students £20 or £10
13 weeks - June 13th to September 14th
Location - Abbotsbury Studio

X Abbotsbury Studio

Rodden Row, Abbotsbury, Dorset, DT3 4JL

tel: 01305-871867

email:

web: www.abbotsburystudio.co.uk

Abbotsbury Studio, a former hall, is centrally situated in Abbotsbury village - spacious, with a high ceiling, large windows and good lighting. The village itself is unique and in a glorious and various landscape at the heart of Dorset's 'World Heritage Site' coast.

(NO CLASS on 21 June). SPRING - SUMMER 2016, Every Tuesday................A general painting class for all comers with challenges and dialogue for artists, fundamental and basic skills for students & beginners. Emphasizing each individual's practical work. Personal projects - abstract or figurative. Colour and tonal studies, compositional dynamics, landscape, still life, or painting from chosen images; jazzing up old or modern masterpeices. Interesting objects, pots, jars, fruit and flowers always in the studio. For reference good collection of classical and modern Fine Art picture books.

 

TWO DAY LIFE CLASS, last THURSDAY/FRIDAY of the MONTH

Staring September 2016
4 weeks - September 28th to December 17th
Location - Abbotsbury Studio

X Abbotsbury Studio

Rodden Row, Abbotsbury, Dorset, DT3 4JL

tel: 01305-871867

email:

web: www.abbotsburystudio.co.uk

Abbotsbury Studio, a former hall, is centrally situated in Abbotsbury village - spacious, with a high ceiling, large windows and good lighting. The village itself is unique and in a glorious and various landscape at the heart of Dorset's 'World Heritage Site' coast.

September 29/30.......October 27/28.......November 24/25........December 15/16

The tutor

Tutor John Meaker - click here to see an enlargement

John Meaker

Artist, Tutor, Lecturer, invites you to share his enthusiasm.

He will run practical workshops, on skills and techniques, and do demonstrations; or illustrated talks on Art History and Art Insights, with a pencil in his hand.

J.M. studied at St. Albans, Goldsmiths College and The Royal Academy Schools. He has a long experience of tutoring workshops, in oil, watercolour, acrylic, pastel and various forms of drawing, lecturing on Classical and Modernist Art forms, at Missenden Abbey and West Dean College. Presently, since 2007, he runs Art Workshops and Courses at Abbotsbury Studio, in an exquisite landscape on the West Dorset coast.

SUBJECTS FOR TALKS with exciting power point illustrations include: (All my subjects discuss the relationship of modern practice to traditional Art forms.)

1. THE ESSENTIALS OF OBSERVATION IN ART: tonal painting and life drawing. Including the important influence of Sickert, and Ruskin’s 7th law of composition.

2. MASTERS OF 20TH CENTURY DRAWING, their insights and innovations: Paul Cezanne, Henry Tonks, R. Sickert, David Bomberg, Alberto Giacometti, Euan Uglow, Frank Auerbach.

3. CROSSING THE BRIDGE from a 19th century photographic to a C20th vision of Abstract, among the keys and reasons for the new language in Art are Analysis and Simplicity.

4. ABSTRACT VALUES IN LANDSCAPE PAINTING. From classical theories of composition and colour, to the main sources of Abstraction, and contemporary practices.

5. A PAINTER’S TOOLBOX: skills and techniques: tonal balance and colour basics; including: comparative proportions, pentimenti, contraposta dynamics, brushwork mosaic.

6. FOTHERGILL’S LAWS OF DRAWING: (1) Volume and the projection of the sense of touch. (2). Simplicity of 3D geometry. Principles that apply to all types of Observational Art.

7. ALEXANDER COZENS – “The first great Abstract Innovator and Teacher?” with his chaotic, contraposta, sketch processes. Published, in 1770, “A New Method”, painting processes still relevant and useful to painters; a signal influence on Turner and Constable.

8. HUMAN FIGURE Painting and Drawing, from the innovators of the early 20th century to Contemporary Artists. The modern era features many distinguished women Artists.

9. “PAINTERLY PAINTING”, GESTURAL and SPONTANEOUS. Titian to de Kooning. Mark making variety, alla prima painting, thick and thin, experiment with colour & materials.

10. COLOUR PRINCIPLES – Fundamental colour practices and useful theories for painters; illustrated with work by Artists of many periods; especially from Impressionism and after.

DEMONSTRATIONS. In a two-hour session JM will demonstrate useful traditional and modern techniques as well as some of his own innovations in Painting/Drawing. Suggestions: A Portrait from Life (using a volunteer), A Jazzed up Constable (from a picture book), A Life Painting or Drawing (with a life model), or A Still Life (fruit, flowers, pots and jars). While demonstrating JM will discuss technical issues and the practical uses of tone and colour.

Click here to see images of students' & artists' work made at Abbotsbury Studio.
Click here to see images of John Meaker's work.

Booking information

To take part in one or more of the courses, please click here to print out the form, fill it in and then send, enclosing a cheque for the total course fee(s) to:

John Meaker
White Hall Farm
Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6JG.

Enquiries welcome.

Once booking has been confirmed, fees cannot be transferred or refunded. It is advisable to insure against losses of fees due to illness or other mishap.

For local accommodation we can advise, or see the Abbotsbury Village website.

Contact details

JM - 07816 850107

mobile - 07816 850107

studio - 07816 850107

email:

Abbotsbury Studio
Rodden Row
Abbotsbury
Dorset DT3 4JL