Challenge and transform your drawing and painting skills and experiences by exploring dynamic and playful approaches. Work from the model using a variety of mediums and techniques that encourage intuitive responses to spontaneous mark-making to free up your drawing and painting. Make expressive work from both observation and imagination, with colour as well as black and white.
You will work through a series of fantastical set themes and poses. Each day will have a new theme with long and short poses.
The course includes the following projects:
1. Playful sessions include concertina book drawing, three-dimensional collage and full scale ink drawings.
Music will also be used to inform your mark-making.
2. Frida Kahlo, colour, dreams and symbolism
True to the history of West Dean College, this session is designed for you to explore Surrealism
through life drawing and the works of Frida Kahlo.
The model will be set within a mass of Mexican imagery and colourful fabrics, fruit and symbolic items, such as Frida Kahlo might have used in her paintings.
On completing the course, you will have experienced a playful and alternative approach to life drawing and painting, and gained confidence in working intuitively. You will be able to incorporate figure drawing with aspects of your own imagination to make rich and expressive paintings.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
- The model who will sit for the course
- Some paper, paint and masking tape shared amongst the group to get you started – more available to purchase from the shop as required.
What students need to bring
- Charcoal in a range of sizes, a range of pencils, a graphite stick, a putty rubber, black Indian ink, masking tape, Pritt stick glue
- A1 paper – white cartridge and black
- Coloured chalk pastels
- Acrylic paints – a variety of colours
- A range of brushes
- Canvases in various sizes, card, boards primed
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- A good variety of art materials, including: charcoal in various sizes, a range of pencils, graphite sticks, putty rubbers, black Indian ink, masking tape, Pritt stick glue, A1 paper – white cartridge and black, coloured chalk pastels, acrylic paints, brushes, canvases – ready-made in various sizes, card, boards primed (optional).
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).