Drawing – an introduction to ink with Deborah Petch

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About this course

An introduction to the fluid and versatile qualities of ink, a medium that bridges the gap between drawing and painting. Learn how to control the ink and allow it to flow to produce a variety of exciting outcomes.

Course Description

The course will begin with a series of experiments that will form a reference library in the form of a mini sketchbook of techniques. You will learn about the properties of ink and how it behaves using a range of methods and tools to encourage a variety of effects and a language of mark-making outcomes.

You will experiment with Indian ink and drawing ink on cartridge and watercolour paper to learn how this medium behaves. You will then learn how to transfer these skills into your drawing, progressing from small scale to a larger piece of work as you gradually gain confidence with the expressive nature of the medium and the variety of marks you can make. You will use sweeping strokes, splashes and gestural marks, starting intuitively and finding a suggestion of images through the marks you make.

At the end of the course, you will have produced a mini sketchbook of techniques. You will have learnt about the joy of ink, its fluidity and unpredictability that leads to surprising results. You will have embraced scale, through starting small and advancing to a larger more expressive piece of work.

Course Materials


The College will provide cartridge paper, watercolour paper, Indian ink, Quink ink, white ink, blotting paper, pipettes, wax candle and masking tape.

All necessary equipment will be provided for use on the course.

What students need to bring

A variety of brushes, including a flat wash brush and a small water spritzer. A variety of implements to make marks with, such as cotton buds, string, sticks, skewers, lace, feathers, sponges, old credit cards, toothbrushes, etc. Black ink will be provided, but you may bring any inks you may have or would like to try. Optional – If you have an image you would like to be inspired from in the afternoon please feel free to bring that along. Your tutor will supply inspiration.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Daily Timetable

Course teaching day 11am–5.15pm
Students arrive between 10.30am-11am (coffee optional)  
Morning teaching starts at 11am 
Lunch break between 1pm-2pm (lunch is not included)
Afternoon teaching starts at 2pm (15 minute tea break, 3.30pm–3.45pm)
Teaching finishes 5.15pm  

General Information

Short courses are open to anyone aged 18 and over. The course fee covers tuition and materials where stated. You will need to bring all other items listed under the ‘Materials to bring’ section.


Coffee and tea are included in the course fee, but you will need to bring lunch with you to eat in the refreshments room. There are also plenty of other local venues to purchase food.


If you have any specific access needs, we will need to know about your access requirements in advance. Please tell us about your needs in confidence by emailing: [email protected] This venue has steps to the front reception, with limited access via a side gate to the ground floor. There is a small lift to higher floors or stairs.


Short course students are required to sign a safety compliance form as part of West Dean Health and Safety regulations.

Refunds and cancellations

Please refer to our terms & conditions below.


The information given is accurate at the time of publication. However, West Dean College reserves the right to cancel or amend courses if circumstances require.

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Deborah Petch

Deborah Petch studied locally at Brighton University and University of Chichester. Her masters degree culminated in a series of large scale abstract paintings which all evolved from drawing and printmaking processes. Deborah is primarily concerned with the exploration of being in the world which she expresses through her artwork. She enjoys working outdoors on ancient sites where the weather, sense of place and nuances of the past all influence her work. Deborah has worked with Arts Council England, Pallant House Gallery and University of Chichester. She has exhibited throughout the UK.

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