Event Details

  • When: Monday, 24 September 2018
  • Dates: Mon 24th to Fri 28th Sept

    Where: Emerson College, Forest Row, Sussex

    Course Fee: £250  (excluding meals & accommodation)

    Book Course: Click here to book

ONE WEEK COURSE: Mineral – the elements: Earth, Water Air and Fire

ONE WEEK COURSE: Mineral –  the elements: Earth, Water Air and Fire

Take a deeper look at mineral nature and creatively explore the differences and interrelationships of the four classical elements -  Earth, Water, Air and Fire - in this week-long course with Dr Philip Kilner, Daniel Docherty and Vija Docherty.

How can we gain a deeper understanding of the natural world?
Earth, Water, Air and Fire offer four qualitatively distinct windows through which we may recognise and explore phenomena the natural world. How can we use them to heighten the imaginative and creative faculties through which we experience and shape our world?

Interweaving observational science and nature-based artistic discovery, this introduction to Goethe’s way of science gives you the opportunity to step out of your daily life to practice open-minded perception, developing your capacities for both scientific and artistic enquiry and learn new creative skills.

 ‘In developing a deeper understanding of relatedness we can start to connect more fully with our own creativity and align our work more purposefully with the needs of our community, world and self.’

During this course you will be invited to explore the manifold patterns and processes of minerals and fluids and the qualities of colour, form and pattern within them through a guided programme of Perceptive Questioning, Pigment-making, Clay modelling, Drawing and Geometry.

This course can be taken as a stand alone course or as part of the longer Relational Arts & Organic Design Programme.

For other open modules within the programme see below:


BLOCK 1: Enquiry

4 x One Week Open Modules:

Week 1 - Mineral: 
24th - 28th Sept


Observation & Enquiry, Pigmentmaking, Clay modelling, Drawing and Geometry.

Week 2 - Plant: 
1st - 5th Oct


Observation & Enquiry, Pigment making, Basketry, Environmental Arts & Crafts, Plants in nutrition.

Week 3 - Animal: 
8th - 12th Oct


Observation & Enquiry, Animal forms, Drawing, Painting, Modelling.

Week 4 -Human: 
15th - 19th Oct


Human compared to animal form, Relational Exploration, Painting, Modelling, Cooking, Communication.

BLOCK 2: Creativity

Can also be taken as a stand alone four week intensive.  Click here for more information.


Click here to find out more about ‘Thoughts on discovery through art and science’ by Dr Philip Kilner