Painting and Alchemy

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Mon 13May
Thu 16May

Renaissance Symbolism and Contemporary Visuals

Facilitator: Marius von Brasch

This course introduces you to both the intriguing symbolism of Renaissance alchemical imagery and how to make paintings or drawings in response to what the pictures, motifs and colours trigger in us as individuals. It invites the participants to actively engage with these ancient pictures and develop their own contemporary visuals.

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Event time: Mon 13th May 2024 at 4:00pm - Thu 16th May 2024 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • A visual and creative introduction to symbolic alchemy
  • Painting inspired by alchemical illuminations and prints
  • Touching on personal inner alchemy with painting
  • The potential of symbolic alchemy for navigating turbulent times

What You Will Gain

  • A better understanding of symbolic and alchemical transformations
  • New ways to access or rekindle your creativity
  • An idea of where they are right now in terms of their own inner alchemy
  • An idea of how to contribute with their work to the current times

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

-Marcel Proust

Explore the symbolism of Renaissance alchemical imagery and make paintings or drawings in response to what the pictures, motifs and colours trigger in you as an individual.


Splendor Solis

The Symbolism of Alchemy in Art

This course aims to explore new ways of visualising what alchemy has to offer in our contemporary world, and to allow the art historical and symbolic aspects to provide unexpected springboards for the new.

Symbolic alchemy, also known as the ‘Great Work’ of transformation, presents enigmatic and fearless visions of symbolic deaths and resurrections. The surreal procedures and balancing acts lead ultimately to an integration of the complementary forces of light and dark, female and male.

The transformative ‘Work’ culminates in the emergence of vital healing and redemption for an individual, but also for humanity on a greater scale. It rehabilitates the individual and the world as ‘divine matter’ and rejuvenated ’gold’ of the sun. Strikingly contemporary, and contrary to most Western religious models, alchemy maintains an equality of spirit and matter, woman and man, body and soul; and demands, in a political sense, the fusion of power and service.


Dragon George (2022)

Finding Your Own Approach

You will be introduced you to Renaissance illuminations and prints from Splendor Solis, Aurora Consurgens and Atalanta Fugiens, followed by time for painting, meditation and discussion.

Participants are invited to work alchemically by merging the materiality of paint with the transformative input of thinking, feeling and unconscious elements.

Painting and Alchemy is for artists of all levels of experience who feel a call to explore and work with alchemical ideas and visuals.

The course closely relates to Marius’ practice as a painter, and he is passionate about supporting individual (not pre-conceived) approaches to painting.


Black Sun (2022)

The Course / Material List

Because of the course’s short duration and emphasis on experimentation, you will work with acrylics, wax pastels and crayons on paper. All quality materials and brushes are included. However, if you wish to bring your favourite acrylic brushes, please do so.

"Alchemical Renaissance illuminations, in particular, comment on how imagination shapes perception. Transitions, breakdowns and re-integrations of identity are situated in ambiguous landscapes and natural cycles. These hint at the fragility of identity, at unpredictable dynamics that interconnect transformations in the psychological realm with social and natural worlds."

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Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

Mindful walking through our woodland trails
Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£493 Early Bird Non-Residential
£582 Early Bird Residential Shared
£646 Early Bird Residential Single
£580 Non-Residential
£685 Residential Shared
£760 Residential Single


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Practical Information

Arrival and registration with tea 4pm; the course starts with supper at 6.30pm. The course ends on Thursday with afternoon tea at 4pm.

Marius von Brasch

German-British painter Marius von Brasch received his MA with distinction from Winchester School of Art (Uni of Southampton) where he also completed his practice-based PhD, both in Fine Art Painting. He was awarded the Abbey Fellowship in Painting at The British School in Rome in 2013.

Marius has a background in psychotherapy and literature and teaches experiential approaches to painting as well as courses on art and literature. He works from his studio in Rookley, Isle of Wight. His work is in the Priseman Seabrook Collection, the University of Essex Modern and Contemporary British Art Collection and private collections.

Marius von Brasch is represented by Jenn Singer Gallery.

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